Glass can be a beautiful addition to your home and can be added in so many areas. There are certain guidelines for how thick your glass should be for different applications, so we’ve broken them down for you.
Anchor-Ventana Glass offers several types of shower enclosures and the thickness depends on the type of shower you choose. Frameless showers have minimal hardware, so the glass needs to be a little thicker. A standard thickness is 3/8” or ½” in order to withstand frequent opening and closing of the shower door. Semi-frameless and framed showers require less thickness since they are reinforced by the frame. The common thickness is ¼”, which provides a similar look to the frameless 3/8” glass.
Glass Countertops make a sleek statement, plus they are stain-resistant and easy to clean and maintain. Our glass countertops blend style and function. Choosing the right thickness for your glass counter or bar top is dependent on what the function will be for. Heavy-duty surfaces such as kitchen islands or bar tops should be around 1” to 1 ½” thick in order to withstand the constant use and hold up to wear and tear. If you don’t plan on using the surface as often, such as a bar top, then you can go down to about ¾” thickness.
Glass can be integrated into a tabletop in two different ways. It can be a standalone table, with glass functioning as the tabletop, or it can be a protective covering on top of another material, such as wood or marble. As a purely glass tabletop, the glass should be at least 3/8” in order to properly support the objects being placed on it. Other popular thicknesses for glass tabletops are ½” or ¾”, but the thickness can go up to 1”. If the glass is just being used as a protective covering, then ¼” is the most popular thickness.
Thickness for windows again depends on what the window is used for. A small, single-pane window only needs a 3/16” thickness, but as the size of the window increases, the thickness increases. Glass walls and partitions are often 3/8” or ½” in thickness, in order to prevent damage from the weather and other impacts that the window will endure.
Anchor-Ventana’s residential glass handrail systems are sleek and sophisticated while providing excellent barriers for any staircase, deck, or balcony. Railings are similar to glass walls or partitions since they are often in high-traffic areas that need to support a structure. For this reason, the normal thickness for handrails is ½”.
Glass shelves are another installation that requires different thicknesses for different uses and weights. Depending on the objects that will be stored on the glass shelves and how large the shelves are, the glass will need to be from ¼” to ¾” in thickness.
While thinner glasses have the benefit of being lightweight and exude an aura of delicacy and charm, thicker glasses are substantially more impressive, making a statement in your home or office laced with authority. Choosing the thickness of your glass is as much a practical and functional choice as it is a personal one. Let the experts at Anchor-Ventana Glass help you choose the best option for your glass installation.
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“Having used Anchor-Ventana for many years, we are delighted to give them a 5-Star review. Providing great customer service is how we build our business, and having trade contractors like Anchor-Ventana allows us to be able to follow our business model. They do what they say they are going to do. They walk their talk. With out a doubt, we recommend them highly.”
Katz Builders, Inc., Austin, TX
Shower stall is in and looks great. Thank you and Christy for all of your help and guidance. Also, the fellows that did the installation were very nice and really did a nice job of cleaning up after themselves. Mike the fellow that did the measurement was a very nice guy too and seemed to be very experienced. Thanks to all of you. I have recommended and personally used the services of Anchor-Ventana and have been very happy with their attention to detail and warranty. When a manufacturer of back painted glass went out of business and their glue started showing through the glass, Anchor Ventana replaced the glass and researched an alternate glue to complete the project.
Local Architect, Austin, TX
“I have been using Anchor-Ventana for years. They always do first-rate work, and as a remodeler I have some pretty demanding clients, and their crew always comes through. Don’t hesitate to call them.”
Straight & Level Construction, Austin, TX
Your guys are amazing…
Your guys are amazing – super polite, friendly, explanatory, and professional.
The bath tub door install
The bath tub door install has been completed and, I have to say, from the many contractors that came by since I move in two months ago, your people were the most respectful, considerate, showed outstanding professionalism and I think they did a great job. Would gladly recommend Anchor-Ventana to anyone looking for nice glass installations.
I Just Love This Company!
“I want to thank Anchor-Ventana Glass for everything you’ve done. I am so pleased with Dustin and James and their workmanship. They were such a pleasure to be around. I just love this company and working with Carole. I am just so grateful for everything.”
Such a Class Act
We recently used Anchor-Ventana for window repair and a new frameless shower enclosure. WOW! Such a class act. We loved the customer service and professional installers. What a great local family company. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Cristy, Austin, TX
Helped Me With Everything
Anchor-Ventana helped me with everything I needed. I wasn’t sure exactly what that was until I visited their Round Rock showroom. So many options. The lady who helped me was excellent.
Johnny, Round Rock, TX
I Really Appreciate the Work…
I really appreciate Daniel and the work he does when he comes to my home for installations. I appreciate how conscientious and kind he is.
Attention to Detail
“I have recommended and personally used the services of Anchor-Ventana and have been very happy with their attention to detail and warranty. When a manufacturer of back painted glass went out of business and their glue started showing through the glass, Anchor-Ventana replaced the glass and researched an alternate glue to complete the project.”
Harris Welker Architects, Austin, TX
Finished Product is Beautiful
“Originally, the client wanted to use another vendor they had worked with in the past. After a few discussions with the vendor, I decided they were not suited for the precision craftsmanship necessary for this project. I had used Anchor-Ventana on a residential project that required a glass countertop cut in a very unusual shape. I was confident they could make the top for the furniture in the current project. The finished product is beautiful, and the client was thrilled with the results.”
Capitol Design, LLC
Great to Work With
Anchor-Ventana just installed solar screens on my whole house. They were great to work with, and the installers were wonderful! I highly recommend this company.
Lizzie, Austin, TX
Finally… I found a company that’s willing to work with me instead of one that only wants to sell their products. Everyone I’ve had the opportunity to work with there has been terrific. I remodeled my bathroom; they helped me pick the perfect shower. NOW I HAVE MY OWN SPA BATH. Thank you for all your help!!
D.D., Austin, TX
Helped Raise Money for Charity
“Anchor-Ventana Glass just helped us complete a Southern Living Showcase House in Lago Vista. This project is directed at charity, and one of them (Operation Finally Home) provides mortgage-free housing for our wounded troops. Thanks to Anchor-Ventana, we were able to raise a significant amount for charity. Anchor-Ventana has been wonderful to work with. I have used them in the past on remodeling projects and will continue to in the future. They offer timely, efficient service, backed by great customer awareness. I have found them to be quick to correct any issues that have arisen with a great smile on their faces. I highly recommend them for any glass project you are considering.”
Gary Henley; President, Henley Homes, Inc., Liberty Hill, TX
“Pillar Custom Homes builds high-end green custom homes, and we have been using Anchor-Ventana for our mirrors and glass needs for well over a decade. They are a top-notch outfit and do reliable and conscientious work. I have had the same salesperson during this entire period, and she has done a remarkable job. Not only is their product quality superior, but the pricing is competitive. I hope you decide to use Anchor-Ventana so you will have results similar to what we have experienced over the years.”
Pillar Custom Homes, Inc.
I Just Wanted to Take a Second…
I just wanted to take a second and let you know how much I appreciate Michelle. As I am sure you are aware, she is always on top of things and goes out of her way to be helpful. When things get put in her hands I can check that off my list because I know she is working on it and is going to get it done. That may not sound like much but it is a wonderful feeling from my end. I think she should get a fancy vacation to somewhere exotic. Wait a second scratch that. If she is gone to said vacation then she will not be there to do what she does so, lets just go with a bonus or something. Thank you.
Anchor-Ventana did a terrific job replacing an older shower door with a frameless one and creating three lovely beveled mirrors for my master bathroom. I received estimates from other companies, and AV was more reasonable and much more professional. It’s worth a trip to Round Rock to see their extensive showroom. Our salesperson there, Christy, was very helpful and kept track of the job throughout the process. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. I intend to call AV for window glass replacement, too. A contractor had told me that glass replacement for my windows and patio doors was not possible–and that I’d have to put in new windows and new doors now that the seals were broken on the double glass panes. AV said it was not a problem to replace the glass. I look forward to that work. I can strongly recommend Anchor-Ventana in Round Rock.
Annie, Austin, TX
“We have always used Anchor-Ventana for all our kitchens, bathrooms, and glass back-splash. Everyone is very professional. Love the new products and hardware systems they introduce. Clients have always been happy with the final result. We recommend them to everyone all the time!”
Spaces Designed, Interior Design Studio, LLC
Fellow Trade Partner
As a fellow trade partner, we can’t say enough nice things about Anchor-Ventana Glass. They conduct business with the highest level of professionalism and integrity and have great relationships with their builders, designers, homeowners and vendors/suppliers. If you are looking for a glass company you can trust to do an excellent job, look no further than Anchor-Ventana Glass.
Legend Lighting, Austin, TX
Top Notch Installers
“Your installers have been top notch. Really a great team to work with!”
I have never been as impressed…
I have never been as impressed with the quality and professionalism of a company as I have been with Anchor-Ventana Glass. From the person who measured to the crew that installed, everyone was courteous and also the installers did a good job of cleaning up after themselves. I was also impressed with the quality of their product.
Polite & Professional
Anchor-Ventana was awesome. I completely redid my bathroom. I had a lot of contractors in and out. Anchor-Ventana’s guys are the only ones who were polite and professional-looking every time they came. They cleaned up any mess they made and even hauled off my old shower door and mirrors for me. I am a repeat customer and will use them again.
Joe, Austin, TX
Could Not Be Any Happier
I just had a back-painted backsplash installed in my kitchen. It looks awesome; they matched the exact color I wanted. I could not be any happier with the final product!
Gina, Austin, TX
Worked With Them for Years
I have worked with Anchor-Ventana for years. They have made glass table tops for me and have installed glass and mirrors for builders I work with on numerous new construction and remodel projects. I have found them to always be professional and responsive. If you need glass for any type of application, they will do what they can to make it possible.
Robin Bond Interiors, Austin, TX
I know when I call Anchor-Ventana
I know when I call Anchor-Ventana I’m going to get professional, knowledgeable people that genuinely take pride in the quality of work they do!
What a great experience…
Anchor-Ventana – Wow! What a great experience. We recently had seamless shower enclosures installed in our home. The professionalism and customer service we received was second to none. The experience was outstanding. As a customer we were updated on the order on a regular basis. Loved it, and would highly recommend AV.
Jennifer, Austin, TX
Excellent Customer Service
“CG&S has worked with Anchor-Ventana for over 15 years. They have provided excellent customer service from sales, to fabrication, to installation. What we love best about them is they have a strong group of people who listen well and really care about our projects. We recently worked with them on a curved shower enclosure. The project came out beautiful!”