Annealed or Tempered Glass for Bathroom Mirror?

Old 05-22-14, 06:55 AM
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Annealed or Tempered Glass for Bathroom Mirror?

I'm going to replace a 36" x 47" mirror above the counter in the master bath of my house. Are there any strong arguments in favor of or against the use of annealed vs. tempered glass for this application?

I realize that tempered glass is 'safer' if the mirror were to break, but how big is this risk, really, and is it worth the extra cost to mitigate that risk?

Are there any code requirements one way or another? Several vendors gave me bids on both annealed and tempered glass knowing my application was a bathroom mirror so I'm kind of assuming either is acceptable.
Old 05-22-14, 08:14 AM
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I've always used standard glass and never had an issue. I do not know of any code requirement as the mirror is probably considered a decoration and not a structural or functional part of the home.

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