There's a good chance that the shower door is still covered under warrantee.
Don't do anything until you check.
Toughened appears to be another word for tempered.
Lexan is _very_ tough, but not only is it _quite_ expensive (you're probably
looking at well over $200 for a shower door in lexan alone), the surface is
relatively soft and scratches/scuffs very easily. Even toothpaste or baking
soda can scratch it.
Plexiglass is cheaper, less tough (will shatter much more readily than
lexan) but has a somewhat more scratch resistant surface.
Tempered glass probably is the best choice for a transparent (or nearly
transparent) shower door. Laminated glass may well be a bit better,
but I suspect a lot more expensive, and likely easier to break.
Tempered glass shower doors (aside from manufacturing defects) is able
to stand up to hammer blows. Breaking tempered glass is surprisingly
difficult to do (unless you know the trick ...)
I wouldn't consider clear plastic for a shower door because of the
If you don't need transparent, I'd suggest an opaque fiberglass panel
of some sort.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
As one other poster mentioned, you could use laminated glass. If it's
too thick to fit into the existing door frame, you might have to buy
metal to build a new frame. Most commercial glass shops can provide
the materials, or do it for you.
It's an industry myth that tempered glass breaks into nice safe little
bits. A significant percentage of those little bits are little spears
- capable of doing very serious damage. Ask any police officer, fire
fighter, or paramedic that has attended vehicle accident sites how
"safe" tempered glass really is. There's a VERY good reason it's
prohibited for use in windshields. In almost every country on earth
(outside North America) it's also prohibited in ALL vehicle windows.
The only reason it's still permitted in the U.S. is the companies that
make tempered glass maintain an intensive lobby to ensure they can
Most U.S. states have even been convinced to enforce tempered glass
for passage doors. Almost everywhere else permits laminated as an
equivalent alternative. Other places don't have the same lobbyists.
Tempered is stronger - laminated is safer. That's why most glaziers
refer to it as "safety" glass.
Should fit ok, most toughened panels (at least in Australia) are 5mm, so
5.38 or 6.38 (without the gasket, neutral cure silicone it in) is reasonably
easy to fit (for a handyperson, use a pro glass shop if not).
Yeah, both lam and toughened is a Grade A safety glazing material in
commercial and domestic situations here in Australia, toughened can be very
sharp and it would be very painful to walk on it for sure, but the idea is
no big shards to cut arteries.
We still have toughened in autos for side and rear glass, but have had lam
in windscreens now for many years.
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There are plenty of plastics that you can substitute for glass and never
know it just from looking at it.
Plexiglas and Lexan are good alternatives, are easy to work with, and
can be purchased at your local home depot.
After reading every post in this thread, I believe I have come up with the
You can get em in any color you want, You can even get em with dingle balls!
SC Glass Tech
Scam Diego Comi-fornia
Copying your original message.
The two primary flat plastics are Acrylic (Plexiglas) and Cyano .sflsdjf
Plexiglas is commonly available at hardware stores and is cut on the same
device (with a different cutter) as glass.
Lexan is much more expensive and is generally available only from plastic
companies in anything larger than a foot square (when used for router
tables, for example) I paid nearly $100 for four 1/8" pieces to make up
two 3' x 5' storm windows on the front of my house facing the street across
an open porch in a mildly risky neighborhood. The other windows, without
the porch, are 5-8 feet off the ground and their storm windows are acylic or
Lexan is tougher than Plexi but softer and it will sag more than Plexi
with a constant load (as in router table plates with the router attached.)
Plexi is brittle and will crack if wrongly drilled or hit and will get more
brittle with age. Failure is less catestrophic than glass usually a few big
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