So what is Ultra mirror? Or more simply what is a Mirror?
A mirror is a panel of glass with a reflective coating applied to the back surface of the glass. This reflective surface is protected with a layer of paint. Turn the panel of glass over and look through the glass into the reflective surface.
The reflective coating is typically a mixture of copper and silver. The copper tarnishes over time which is when you see that black creep appears around or in the mirror. This is found in cheap inexpensive mirrors. This is not a problem at first but the problem appears over time. Hence the life expectancy of an inexpensive mirror will only be around 12 months to 24 months. Depending on the environment it is in. In a high humidity environment or coast environment, the life of the mirror could be reduced to months.
Clearlight Designs prides itself on using the highest quality mirror available to avoid this problem. We use Ultra Mirror by Guardian Glass.
Guardian UltraMirror stands up to these challenges with beautiful reflectance and uncompromising durability using a patented, copper-free manufacturing process.
UltraMirror is Guardian’s most beautifully reflective and durable mirror, providing unparalleled protection against corrosion, chemicals, moisture and abrasion while adding beauty and elegance to any room.
Why is Ultra Mirror superior to conventional mirror? In producing a conventional mirror, depositing copper over the silver film is a necessary step. However, there are certainly potential problems associated with this process. Using the new patented copper-less process can increase durability to the mirror which is strongly recommended for any job required more corrosion resistance.
Guardian mirrors are produced on the latest state-of-the-art equipment. A four-layer patented process to create copper-free mirrors involves an initial application of tin as a super sensitizer to the glass, followed by a layer of sensitizing palladium providing the ultimate foundation for silver-to-glass adhesion. A layer of silver is applied for reflectivity with a fourth layer of GMP to protect the silver. The mirror is further protected and encapsulated with organic paints, giving the mirror mechanical and chemical durability.