Mirrors

We offer many different mirrors including; plain mirrors, bevelled mirrors, leaded mirrors, bonded shelf mirrors and framed mirrors. Most can be made/manufactured to size, and we also hold stock of many items ready to go in our shop at 87- 89 Alder Road in Poole. 

All our mirrors are made with high quality Silvered Float, and mirrors that we sell comes in three different thicknesses - 3mm, 4mm, and 6mm. With 4mm is the most often used/stocked thickness, but some frames are more suited to 3mm. 6mm is usually used when the mirror is of a large size, as sometimes 4mm can distort if the wall isn't perfectly flat. Mirror can be processed like most glass (see the Mirrors Processing page). 

Bevelled Edge
Bevelled edges can be done to made to size unframed mirrors, or in framed mirrors or even with decorative leaded mirrors. The bevel can be from 10mm - 25mm, on 4mm glass, and up to 38mm on thicker glass! At our shop we hold stock size bevel mirrors which are a lot cheaper than making one to size. They all have approx 25mm size bevel, see 
Stock Mirrors page for more details.

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 Picture left shows a bevelled mirror with a brass lead double border around,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaded Mirrors
We make a variety of designed mirrors. They can be custom made or chosen from stock. From basic ones as above to more intricate designs can be all made to measure. See the Mirror Leading page for more ideas.

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Picture right shows a bevel mirror adhered to a plain mirror with a wave shaped top. The mirror behind has an effect plus brass lead around the edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Framed Mirrors
We stock a selection of framed mirrors at our shop. Some can even be made to ordered in from certain sizes. There are many different frames and designs, and our range is constantly changing, and being updated. Be sure to pop in and have a look when you're in need of a mirror.

Security Mirrors
We supply high quality security convex acrylic mirrors ideal for shops or driveways etc. Generally they are circles either 45cm or 60cm diameter, and come with wall or pole fixings suitable for interior or exterior use, allowing you to position it for best use.  Please do contact us if you need a price.

Acrylic Mirrors
Yes we can also get acrylic mirrors cut to size, ideal when the highest safety is required. They can also be polished, however are more expensive than glass mirrors. Another downside to them is they can scratch and bow easily. Because of this we don't hold stock of them, but we can usually get a price within a day, and we can usually get them in cut to size in 1 week.

Tinted Mirrors
We can also get tinted Bronze or Grey Mirrors. These are special order so usually takes around a week longer, and does cost more due to the tinting process. There are samples to see in our shop.

Fitting Mirrors
When fitting an unframed mirror to a wall there are four primary ways that we offer, which are detailed below. However due to popular demand we also stock mirror corners (which are also good for covering defects in the corner of an old mirror) 

Most framed mirrors have D-Rings or similar on the back, which fix direct onto a screw (washer head screws usually best) in the wall or a wall plate, which is a J type hook that drills to the wall so the mirror can hang onto. We usually carry stock of D-Rings, screws and wall plates, plus all our framed mirrors come with free fixings on the back for screws or wall plates. We also have picture plates that give a flush fitting if preferred. It is not recommended to ever hang a framed mirror with picture cord; as most pictures are half the weight or more than mirrors of the same size, there is a cord failure risk if doing so.

Note that whenever fitting any mirror to a wall it is very important to ensure there is good air circulation through the back, especially when in moist rooms to prevent quick deterioration of the silver. For further details on our fitting guidelines see the links below (coming soon).

Clips (sometimes known as Verity Clips)
These come in a chrome or brass finish in packets of 4. There are 2 fixed ones used to hold the mirror up at the bottom, and then 2 or 4 movable ones used to clip it in at the sides or top. This is the recommended way if you wish to move the mirror in the future. However we do recommend a pre-applied backing so it will hold together safely if breakage occurs. Note: These only work when used as directed with the supplied washers.

Mirror Adhesive
This is a fantastic way of fitting mirrors. Gone the days of using the tape which often dried out, these tubes of adhesive are really effective. All you have to do is apply it in thick lines down the back of the mirror about 25mm-50mm (1-2"") in from the edge and apart from each other. Then push the mirror onto the wall. Just a couple of supports are needed under the mirror to stop it from sliding down whilst it sets. Then after 24-48 hours it should be cured and you can remove the supports. It is a lot easier if you're fitting to a stud/hollow wall too. Please note that this is a permanent fixing so make sure you check the mirror before fixing, as is cannot be removed once cured without breaking it.

Drilled Holes
Mirrors can be made using holes as fixing. This usually increases the cost of the mirror. It's an old way of fixing and not one of the best. Only as the holes weaken the mirror and increase the chance of breakage. We only advise the use off drilled holes if there is no other means of fixing, which is not often. Also if holes are used then safety backing is always advised by us.

Mirror Plates
If you would like to be able to fix a frame-less mirror without seeing any fixings, yet be able to remove from wall without having to break it, then this is the best option. Generally we stock 0.8 plates (suitable for mirrors up to 0.8m2) and 1.6 plates (suitable for mirrors up to 1.6m2). They come as a kit enabling the fixing of 1 mirror, and the included eccentric wall fixings allow for adjustments in the final position.

Note: When fixing any mirror by any means always follow the fixings manufacturers guidance, and ensure a satisfactory fixing is achieved before leaving the mirror in situ. It is also important to ensure there is sufficient air flow behind the mirror, especially if it is not foil backed, otherwise moisture can get trapped causing premature silvering deterioration.

Mirror Backing

If the mirror is being fitted in a room with moisture or humidity (such as bathrooms, gyms, kitchens, saunas or pools for example), then we always recommend foil backing to protect the silvering and be covered by our guarantee for replacement if significant oxidation occurs within the limited time span, as moisture can quickly deteriorate the silvering. Also if the mirror is in a critical location (e.g. low level, on or next to a door, or if someone may fall into it) then we would recommend safety backing to protect against splintering. There are two types of safety backing that we do, one is clear Polyethylene which isn't suitable for mirror adhesive and does not protect the silvering and the other is white woven and is mirror adhesive compatible (for any size).

(fixings are available via mail order online too - see Fixings & Extras shop page)

* For some fitting guides click here

 


 

 

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