Glass is one of the most elegant materials known to man as far as design is concerned. That explains why all high end offices and homes usually feature lots of glass fittings – glass staircases, glass doors and even shelves. Of all these fittings, glass shelves stand out as the most delicate glass fittings. You have to get your glass shelve measurements right so as to ensure a structurally sound glass shelf. But over and beyond the measurement issue lies yet other important factors, like hiring the right glass shelf installation contractors and investing in reputable glass fitting brands. But what happens when even after considering all these factors, you still end up with a weak glass shelf? Simply keep the following tips in mind.
Choose appropriate thickness
Glass thickness can determine a lot when it comes to glass shelving. You may not know it but when a glass shelf is too thin, the weight of the glass along can easily break itself. The best you can do is to go for recommended thickness. The right or rather the recommended glass thickness for shelving is ¼ inch and 3/8 inch. Think of it this way. A 2 foot piece of ¼ glass shelf that is 6 inches deep with an extra support fastener on each side will easily support 15 pounds. Note that the farther the distance or space between supports the less stuff your glass shelf will hold. That simply means you ought to go for smaller spaces.
Your glass shelf installation contractor will insist on fasteners. Go for ones that are designed for glass shelves. Be sure to also go for fasteners that correlate with the thickness of your glass shelf. Lastly, make sure you have enough wall mounted fasteners so as to give ample support to your shelf as well as the planned load on the glass shelf.
Mark your shelf position
This should be done before installing the shelf. It should also be done anytime you want to shift your glass shelf from one point to another. Mark, then use a tape measure and a level. That way, you can be certain that your marks are level from the floor. You will need the marks while attaching fasteners to the wall.
Don’t interchange shelves
In other words, glass shelves used in your study or home office should not be re-used in the kitchen or vice versa. There is an obvious and a not so obvious reason behind this. First off, the adhesive used in office glass shelves differ from the adhesive that holds kitchen glass shelves. In case of the latter, the adhesive should be water resistant. It should also be grime resistant. That way, the shelf can remain strong for long even after constant and prolonged exposure to water, dirt and common kitchen spills.
Don’t ignore glass drills and cutters
You will need glass drills and cutters even after your contractor has left. How so? Readjusting glass shelves happen from time to time. You will need to readjust the fasteners or the shelf itself. This cannot happen without glass drills and cutters. With that in mind, invest in glass drills and cutters. You will need them not just when readjusting as already mentioned, but also when moving to a new place. You don’t have to invest in the most expensive glass drills and cutters. Basic ones are enough.
You will be tempted to paint your glass shelves to match your home or office theme. Don’t do it. Glass is hard to paint. It calls for experts at the job. Then again, why paint when you can always go for glass tints? You will be surprised at the many options you have when it comes to improving the aesthetic appeal of your glass shelves and other fittings. Contact an interior designer to help you with the aesthetics.
Don’t move the glass shelf often
This is obvious, but hardly observed at home. Glass as you already know, is delicate. Moving regularly will only weaken it. So find that spot at home or at office that can serve your needs well. That way, you won’t have to move the shelf unnecessarily. The best place is often away from the door and direct sunlight. But if for one reason or another you can’t help but move the shelf several times a day, consider having glass rollers fixed on the shelf.
Don’t use immediately after installation
Wait for at least two or three hours before you can use your newly installed glass shelf. That way, you will allow the adhesives used to join the shelf to acclimatize. You won’t have to wait for the shelf to acclimatize if no adhesives were used. Your only concern should be placing items that won’t stress your shelf and eventually make it weak.