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Glazing Phrasing: Terms of the Trade

Not understanding your contractor, estimator, or workers!? This post will help better communicate with everyone on site!

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Right now the Bay Area is booming in the real estate field and everything that comes with it. Many more homes are in a state of remodel, demolition, and reconstruction, all over San Francisco and the surrounding areas. As a homeowner these larger projects can be daunting, confusing, and sometimes frustrating, especially if there is a breakdown in communication. Communicating your needs and concerns can sometimes be difficult to a seasoned professional and vice versa. We here at California Shower Door want to make sure we are all on the same page and that we can all better communicate so that you can get exactly what you want. So we have compiled a list of commonly used terms with definitions so that you are better prepared for not only your new glass install but for any construction project!

  • Glazing: the act of installing glass.
  • Estimate: pricing given by an estimator that reflects your needs and wants with complete measurements (ideally).
  • Lead Time: the time it takes for glazing to occur, starting from date of deposit. 
  • Level: a horizontal line of condition, for example, on a curb or tub. 
  • Plumb: the vertical surface is truly flat, using a level to determine.
  • Curb/Tub Curb: the raised portion of an enclosure, located at the entrance.
  • Slope: similar to plumb it is the angle of a curb, for example, going either towards or away from the drain. 
  • Feature Strip: a special set of tile or change in tile, typically spanning horizontally on the walls of a shower. 
  • Bow/Bubble: the space coming from or going into the surface of where we are installing. 
  • Satin: another term for frosted glass.
  • Lami: glass panels laminated and stuck together.
  • Starphire: another term for low iron glass, which is glass with a minimum of tinting due to its reduced iron content. 


Now that you know the basic terms, you are better prepared for our visit for a free estimate!


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