How to Find the Right Mirror for You
Are you looking for a new mirror in your home?
Do you know your options?
Custom mirrors can be a great addition to your home. Mirrors are commonly used in bathrooms, but can also be used to set off other spaces in your home such as a fitness area or behind a bar. Besides just the functional uses in the bathroom, mirrors are a great way to make spaces appear larger.
Mirrors are available in common shapes and sizes that can be hung in your home almost like a picture. Rectangular, square, and oval shapes are the most common, but our custom mirrors can be made to fit almost any unique space in your home. For example, an entire wall can be covered with a mirror.
When considering a custom mirror project, there are several factors to consider. Mirrors can come in a variety of the thickness from 1/8” to ¼”. ¼” thick mirrors are the most common mirrors used in homes. The edges of the mirror can be finished in a variety of ways. The most basic finish is a ground edge. A ground edge involves sanding the cut edges of the mirror to produce a rough, non-reflective finish along the edges of the mirror. Next, there is a flat polish edge that can be placed on the mirror. A flat polish provides a smooth, finished surface on all the edges and a slight bevel. Finally, a larger beveled edge can be placed around the entire perimeter. The bevel can range in size from ½” to 1-1/2” or more. This can be a very attractive way to set off the mirror with a more finished appearance albeit at a higher cost.
There are a couple of options for custom mirrors that can add a unique and special look. Mirrors are available with Low Iron glass. Regular glass, including the glass used in mirrors, has a greenish tint to it. Low Iron glass removes that greenish tint and provides a reflection that shows off more true colors. Antique mirror glass is also available that attempts to replicate the aged and distressed look of vintage mirror glass. This glass can be used as a replacement for a mirror in antique furniture or to add unique character in a room.
How You Can Keep Your Mirror Looking Great for Years to Come
Moisture is the primary cause of mirror failure. The moisture in the surrounding air causes the silvering on the back of the mirror to degrade which leads to black spots. These spots typically begin along the edges of the mirror and will continue to grow and spread. The best way to prevent this damage from occurring is to keep mirrors in locations with low humidity. That is a tough task considering that most people use mirrors in their bathrooms which often get steamy from hot showers and baths. Here are some simple tips on how to reduce the risk of damage:
- Use your exhaust fan when taking a shower and keep it running for several minutes after your shower is done. This helps to evacuate the moisture from the bathroom and minimize the risk of condensation on the mirror.
- Keep bathroom supplies (e.g. lotion bottles, soap, etc) away from the edge of the mirror. These containers can trap water up against the mirror.
- Avoid leaving standing water on a countertop or backsplash. If the mirror is resting directly on the countertop or the backsplash, this standing water will degrade the silvering.
At Wolverine Glass, we apply a special sealant along all of the edges of the custom mirrors we produce to help protect against moisture. We often are asked to take a mirror and cut the moisture damaged edges off so the customer can continue to use the mirror. This can work to keep a mirror in use for many years to come; however, it could also just be a temporary solution as the rest of the mirror has had similar exposure to moisture and may only be a matter of time until the rest of the mirror begins to show the same problems.
Get Started on a New Custom Mirror in Ann Arbor Today!
Whether you have a standard project, want a one-of-a-kind design for your shower door, mirror, or tabletop, or if you’re looking for a stand-out custom or commercial design, we can help. With over 30 years of experience, Wolverine Glass is a reliable source for custom mirrors in Ann Arbor. Stop by our showroom in Dexter or contact us here to discuss your glass needs or to arrange for a free consultation.