I need to replace the mirror in my bathroom because the silver backing has worn
off around the bottom. The mirror has only been up about 4 years. The same
thing happened to the old one. I am not sure, but a discussion with my
neighbors tells me that this is a common problem here in FL. Most of us moved
here from other places (less humid) and had not had this problem before.
Would having a mirror with a frame around it offer any protection? Mine are
all the plain kind, no frame. I am having the same problems with two mirrors.
One came from Home Depot the other from a shop selling mirors and shower doors.
Both moderate prices. Anybody have any suggestions about prolonging the life
of these things?
As suggested you can mount the mirror a little higher or you can
consider things that may keep moisture away from the back, but my suggestion
is close to yours. Use a frame, but not to protect it, rather to hide it.
Have the frame overlap the front edge so it hides about an inch of glass all
the way around. You will still have the bad spots, but no one will be able
to see them for years to come.
is it sitting directly on the vanity or is there a backsplash?
does the mirror sit in a channeling called a "J" channel or does it sit by
direct moisture, a constant humidity, and cleaning products are a mirrors
(the silvering on the back, the front is just plain glass) worst enemy,
especially at the bottom wheere stuff collects. buy a new mirror from a
local glass co. ask them if they use a sealant for the edges and see if you
can buy a "J" channel to set the mirror in. the "J" comes in many colors and
varities(usually use what your sink fixtures are (ie; chrome,gold...) and a
5/8" "J" is quite sufficient. cut about a couple blocks out of something
rubbery or soft that won't deteriorate and will support the weight of the
mirror (i've used vinyl baseboard material and it's just about 1/8" thick
and works perfect but clear blocks are sold in different thicknesses,again
ask your local glass guy) and set the blocks about 2" from each end. you
want about 1/4" - 3/8" in the channel on each side. this will allow the
mirror some airspace in the channeking so it's not resting directly in or on
water or such. lastly when washing and using the sink try to avouid over
splashing the mirror so stuff doesn't constantly run in and around the
Thank you. I copied your message and will take it with me when I go to the
The mirror sits about four inches about the backsplash. It is too high for
water to actually reach it but it has plenty of moisture in the air just from
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