best mirror job is one that is not only striking in appearance but one
that was trouble-free during installation. Proper techniques, carefully
and professionally employed can virtually guarantee this kind of result.
To help ensure the best results read and follow these tips for
Always use gloves when handling any
mirror to prevent damage to the face or backing from skin-borne salts
- Whenever possible, layout a mirror
installation prior to taking it to the job site – that way any errors in
cutting or sizing can be caught and fixed immediately and no excessive
handling will occur.
- Never install mirrors on new plaster,
new masonry or freshly painted walls without proper sealing. Also do not
install in construction areas when airborne solvents and heavy-duty
cleaners are in the air.
- In humid climates wait until the
air-conditioning is operating before installing mirrors.
- Never install mirrors outdoors without
additional engineered protection for the backing of the mirror.
- Set mirrors off the wall with an open
air space behind to provide ventilation for the backing whenever
- If mastic must be used be sure it is
approved for mirror use. Mechanical fastening devices should always be
used with mastic. This can help prevent injury or damage from the mirror
in the event of the mastic failing.
- Be certain that the room or space in
which the mirror is to be installed is properly ventilated during and
- Never permit edges of the mirror to be
exposed to "puddling" conditions such as on back splashes.
- Be sure there are adequate tolerances
between installed mirrors to avoid later problems as the building
- Mirrors should be one of the last items
installed in new construction after final cleanup.
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