Mirrors from Saint-Gobain
Gone are the days when a ‘mirror’ stood for a small sheet of reflective glass sufficient to see one’s teeth while brushing them. Large mirrors are the order of the day, and a full-length mirror represents the taste of a self-respecting, health-conscious and well-groomed individual. Surely, the mirror used by the evil witch in the fairy tale where she constantly asked it, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is the Fairest of us All?” was no shaving mirror – It was full-length, spotless, and clear as crystal, so much so that it captured a reflection not just of the physical but also the soul of the person standing before it. And this is what mirrors are expected to do today as well.
So what are the qualities of a good mirror, and how does one identify them?
Commonly referred to as brightness, clarity is an indicator of the sharpness of the reflection seen in a mirror. Clarity is related to the quantum of light absorbed by the base glass used to manufacture the mirror. Lower the percentage of light absorption, sharper and clearer the reflection; better the reflection, closer the image to reality. Best Glass to Best Mirror is but a natural progression, and stringent quality control, selection of the purest raw material and advanced manufacturing technology ensures production of flawless base glass, which in turn is silver-coated to produce Saint-Gobain Glass (SGG ) Miralite Evolution - a clear or tinted silvered glass (in common parlance - a mirror) of exceptionally high quality.
For even greater clarity and matchless image quality, Saint-Gobain Glass offers SGG Diamant Mirror, premium silvered glass fabricated by depositing successive coatings of silver and one or more protective coatings on to an Extra Clear Glass (SGG Diamant). Since the base is extra clear glass, the mirror has better reflection and greater clarity.
‘Distortion’ is the phenomenon wherein the images reflected by the mirror appear disproportionate, wavy or hazy. This is caused by body defects such as stones and ream, or surface defects like scratches. Non-uniform thickness of the glass can also cause distortion.
Saint-Gobain Mirrors have even surfaces and minimal point defects thus making them exceptionally distortion-free. Saint-Gobain uses an elaborate, comprehensive set of norms and technical standards during glass making which have become known as the 'Diamond Standard', which imparts the distortion-free feature to the mirror.
Like all products, mirrors too have a life beyond which the tell-tale signs of aging start to appear. They develop black spots on the surface, the edges start to corrode and the image begins to appear dull. This is related to the strength of the coating used on the mirror. Mirrors with poor coatings have low durability.
Saint-Gobain Mirrors withstand ageing through
The above ensures that Saint-Gobain Mirrors have the highest durability.
Among the range of Mirrors offered by Saint-Gobain Glass is SGG Mirastar, a unique one-way mirror produced through a multiple-coating system that uses chromium. The special characteristics of this coating make this one-way glass or ‘spy glass’ corrosion-proof as well as impervious to water vapour and cleaning agents. It can also, in principle, be thermally toughened to become safety glass.
1. Space enhancement
Placed properly, mirrors create an illusion of extra space inside a room. The sharp reflections from SGG Mirrors can add an extra dimension to a room, making it look larger than life.
Mirrors help set a desired ambience or mood in interior design. SGG Mirrors can delivers best lighting effects through their clear, distortion-free reflections.
The use of SGG Mirrors automatically renders the interiors of a home or office elegant and sophisticated.
What’s more, use Saint-Gobain Mirrors and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. The copper used in traditional mirror making is highly hazardous to the environment, through emission of ammonia and certain other pollutants which pose a serious threat to all life forms. Saint-Gobain Mirrors are manufactured using a revolutionary technology that replaces copper with a multi-level treatment process which not only leads to improvement in the quality of the mirror but also goes a long way in protecting our environment. These mirrors that are free from harmful elements like lead, copper and arsenic; choosing mirrors with this feature is no different from choosing non-toxic toys for a child.
Besides, apart from being great reflectors, these mirrors are extra-clear and easy to maintain. And contrary to popular perception, installation of these mirrors is simpler than ever before, and one can choose from thicknesses of 6mm, 8mm, and so on. Mirror fixing solutions are safe, reliable and hassle-free.