Shower enclosures in these days can be found in various glass thicknesses. In the past few years we have observed shower glass thickness growth from approximately 3mm around 10mm in certain products. All glass used in the building of shower enclosures available in the United Kingdom must have toughened safety glass fitted as standard. This is regardless of the country of manufacture and is meant to decrease the chance of injury if the glass be damaged or broken at all. Toughened safety glass (also called tempered glass) is a kind of glass treatment that will ensure the broken glass at a smashed glass shower pane will not split into Sharpe fragments. Rather it will literally shatter into thousands of very little bits without the cutting capability of non treated glass. This is not to say that a shattered glass device cannot cause injury, only it is much more unlikely to do so.
Many people think that the true depth of the Home is a direct index of its security. This is not true in the UK as all showers will have toughened safety glass that shatters in precisely the exact same way no matter thickness. Well, when it comes to actual texture and motion, the thicker glass showers do have a more weighted feel. Sliding doors by way of instance may wobble a bit with use when assembled using 3 or 4mm glass. Whilst a 6 or 8mm glass sliding shower door may be more powerful and move less when opened or closed. This is not to say that the glass is of any greater quality, only that the motion of opening shower doors may benefit by using a thicker glass. Another element that increases the solid feel of a moving shower door is its hinges or sliding mechanism.
As thicker glass means a gain in weight, it stands to reason that the mechanisms used to move the shower doors will need to be heavy duty in construction compared to those required for thinner glass. This will also help give a thicker glass shower door better feel in its opening and closing actions. Another area of showering those benefits from thicker glass is the structure of frameless and semi frameless shower enclosures. Frameless or minimalist appearing showers are extremely popular and much more stylish to check out. However, by eliminating much of the frame the total rigidity and superior feel of this enclosure decreases. This can be countered by using thicker 6 or 8mm glass that is inherently stronger and may accept more heavy-duty corner straps and hinges.