Having a glass industry source that you can trust for standards and information is a huge help when specifying glass and mirror. The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is that source. With membership comprised of companies affiliated with the glass industry in every facet, they work tirelessly as volunteers to better the industry and provide the knowledge designers, engineers, and architects need to make the proper specifications in their work.
How do they do this? GANA publishes and routinely updates whitepapers, Glass Information Bulletins (GIBs), and Technical manuals that provide the information for a nominal fee that covers basic costs. Members of GANA (and architects, designers and engineers can become affiliated members) can download the GIBs and whitepapers for free and manuals are offered at a discount.
Today, I want to share some of the most useful publications from GANA involving silvered glass – aka mirrors – for use in interiors.
GANA glazing manual – 50th anniversary edition
GANA Glazing Manual
This document covers all facets of professional glass glazing practices. A section refers to mirrors specifically, of course, but it’s information also covers other types of glass – tempered, decorative, curtainwall, etc. This is the gold standard of information for the glazier. Recently updated and reprinted for its 50th anniversary, it’s the one document any glass professional needs.
Proper Procedures for Cleaning Flat Glass Mirrors – GANA MD 01-0105
Mirrors provide both functional and aesthetic performance in the interior design for today’s homes, office buildings, schools, medical and institutional facilities. In addition to the function of providing reflected images, mirrors are being use to move natural light further into buildings and enhance the openness of rooms. Proper cleaning procedures must be followed to ensure the long-term performance of mirrors. This document provides suggest procedures for cleaning flat glass mirrors.
Proper Procedures for Fabrication of Flat Glass Mirrors - GANA MD 02-0209
Silvered flat glass mirror products can be fabricated to provide additional aesthetic appeal such as beveled edges and surface accents. As additional fabrication features are applied, is it critical to ensure proper fabrication conditions and techniques are utilized in order to protect and maintain the integrity of the mirror backing and edges and to reduce the chances of black edge developing. When fabricating silvered flat glass mirror products, the members of the Mirror Division of the Glass Association of North American (GANA) recommend consideration of the guidelines provided in this document.
Installation Techniques Designed to Prolong the Life of Flat Glass Mirrors GANA MD 03-0811
The reflective surface of a mirror is a thin film of pure metallic silver. Although well protected by paint, the silver film remains vulnerable to corrosion if exposed to chemicals or excessive moisture. This document provides some important installation recommendations. Strict adherence to these dos and don’ts will help protect the silver from corrosion and prolong the life of the mirror.
Proper Procedures for Receiving, Storage and Transportation of Flat Glass Mirrors - GANA MD 04-0511
The purpose of this publication is to provide the latest available information to glass dealers, distributors and installers on the procedures recommended by the Mirror Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) for the proper receiving, storage and transportation of high quality flat glass mirror products with the objective of helping preserve the integrity and prolonging the life of mirrors. Proper storage, handling, fabrication and good installation practices go a long way in reducing potential failures or damage to mirror quality.
Green Aspects of Mirror – GANA MD 05-1113
Thanks to a proven long-time silvering process, mirrors are very durable and have an extended useful life. They are usually disposed of only when they get outdated or damaged. This informational bulletin will address the environmentally-conscious aspects of the mirror manufacturing process, as well as the reusability and recyclability of old mirrors.
Mirrors-Handle with Extreme Care – GANA MD 06-0413
The purpose of this publication is to provide the latest available information to glass dealers, distributors and installers on the procedures recommended by the Mirror Division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) for the proper storage, handling, fabrication, shipping, installation, and cleaning of high quality mirror products. This publication contains the best information currently available from material suppliers, experienced dealer-installers, and major mirror manufacturers on the care and handling of today’s quality mirrors. It combines excerpts of information from GANA MD GIBs: 04-0511, 04-0518, 01-0105, and 02-0209.
GANA Video – How Mirrors are Made
In addition to glass information bulletins, GANA also provides educational videos that all you to get a view into the manufacturing process of mirrors. Click here to download this video.
And of course, GANA also creates podcasts of speakers, and interviews with members at tradeshows and other industry events (some including your truly) so you can learn more about advances in codes, trends, and product advancement in our rapidly expanding industry. Click here, to view the list of available podcasts that GANA has created.
So to sum up, GANA does the hard work so you don’t have to. Currently, I’m at GANA annual conference working on some new documents and sitting in on some educational talks so that we can continue being the glass supplier that you need; full of expertise, innovation, and knowledge. (Enjoying the Florida temperatures isn’t so bad either.)