Gtech Fitness® Glassless Mirrors
Our glassless mirrors use a thick Mylar® film that has been "metalized" with an incredibly reflective surface. This surface is 90-92% reflective, whereas a standard household glass mirror is typically around 70%. The Mylar® is then heat-shrunk around a lightweight aluminum frame. Mylar® film is extremely heat sensitive and shrinks up tightly when the heat is applied. This process creates a perfectly flat image surface for the best reflection possible.
What Is Mylar® Film?
Mylar® Film, also known as BoPET, is a polyester film initially developed by Dupont® in the 1950s. It is used in many industries due to its strength and chemical properties for retaining heat and gas, plus, is also used for electrical insulation.
More uses for this remarkable product are still being discovered today. According to Wikipedia, some common uses for this material are food packaging, solar, marine and aviation applications, electronic and acoustic applications, plus much more.
Gtech Fitness® Mirrors take advantage of Mylar® Film properties since it shrinks up tightly when the heat is applied and holds that tightness after the heat is removed. This process enables the production of one of the lightest, most reflective mirrors available on the market.
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Are Glassless Mirrors Easy To Install?
With the extremely lightweight design, our mirrors are very easy to install. Mounting to the rolling stands can be a one-person job, but it will take two people to mount to the wall due to their size.
Each mirror comes with four pre-drilled holes on the back of the mirror, four L-brackets, and four screws that go into the back of the mirror. The customer must supply four screws that will go into the wall-type they are mounting to, such as studs, drywall, brick, or other wall types.
The L-brackets have two holes per bracket, one for attaching to the mirror and one for connecting to the wall.
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Do Glassless Mirrors Have Distortion?
Due to how our mirrors are made, there is no image distortion or "funhouse" mirror effect. When the Mylar® film is heat-shrunk around the aluminum frame, this creates a perfectly flat surface. When the mirror surface is flat, there is no image distortion.
When large glass mirrors are mounted to a wall, the mirror will typically flex and adhere to the wall surface. Most walls are not perfectly flat.
If the wall is not perfectly flat and the glass mirror adheres to the wall shape, there will be mirror flexion. This mirror flexion leads to image distortion. This distortion is predominately seen with large glass mirrors, and especially noticeable the further you step away from the mirror.
With our manufacturing process utilizing a lightweight internal aluminum frame, the strong internal framing helps prevent mirror flexion, and this creates a better image reflection.
If distortion is seen after wall mounting our mirrors, this is typically caused by an uneven wall when the screws are completely tightened down, causing the aluminum frame to flex. Simply back out the mounting screws a bit, until the aluminum frame returns to its flat position. This will remove the image distortion.
Wall Mounted vs. Rolling Stand Mirrors
Our mirrors are available as wall-mounted mirrors or with rolling stands. Plus, they can be converted at any time to either wall mount or rolling stand versions after your initial purchase. This gives you the ability to change your wall mirror to a rolling stand mirror, or vice versa, as your facility needs change.
The ability to change from wall-mount to rolling mirrors gives you, or your facility added versatility that traditional glass mirrors may or may not be able to provide. Existing Gtech Fitness® wall mount mirrors would require the purchase of rolling stands to be converted to rolling mirrors.
Where Are Glassless Mirrors Used?
Due to their lightweight design and exceptional versatility, Gtech Fitness® Mirrors are used in many applications, such as gyms, personal training studios, dance studios, school weight rooms, military, colleges, and commercial fitness centers.
However, they are not limited to these settings and have been placed into other commercial applications, such as storefronts, medical clinics, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, etc.
- Apartment Fitness Rooms
- Condominium Exercise Rooms
- Corporate Gyms
- Dance / Ballet Studios
- Fire Department Gyms
- Government Gyms
- Gymnastics Facilities
- Home Gyms
- Hotel Exercise Rooms
- Martial Arts / Karate Studios
- Medical Offices
- Military Fitness Centers
- Office Buildings
- Parks & Recreation Facilities
- Personal Training Studios
- Police Workout Rooms
- Physical Therapy Clinics
- School Weight Rooms
- Spas & Resorts
- Sports Rehab Facilities
- Wellness Centers
- Commercial Fitness Centers
- Church Fitness Programs
- Chiropractic Clinics
Where Are Glassless Mirrors Made?
Our mirrors are proudly made right here in the USA! A USA based manufacturing plant allows for absolute control over product material, components, and quality. Each mirror is quality inspected before packing for shipment to your location, ensuring the best possible customer experience when shopping online for a viable, affordable mirror product.
Are Glassless Mirrors Durable?
An equally important question we like to ask is, "Are glass mirrors durable?". There are pros and cons to both glassless and glass mirrors. However, we feel the upside far outweighs those of glass mirrors.
Most people envision an unbreakable product when speaking of Mylar® mirrors. In reality, both glassless and glass mirrors can be damaged. The primary difference is dealing with broken glass and liability or not having to deal with it.
In general, most people stay away from mirrors in public facilities, but there are cases where a weight plate or dumbbell hits a mirror by accident. These types of occurrences are why our mirrors were made to help eliminate potential injury and potential liability.
If our mirrors are impacted, one of two things will happen; the mirror film will tear or dent. Either way, there is no broken glass. Torn mirrors will have to be replaced, but most dents can be repaired, depending on the severity of the impact.
Can Glassless Mirrors Be Repaired?
If the mirror film is dented, in most cases, the dent can be repaired entirely. For minor dents, a hot blow dryer can be used, and for major dents, a heat gun will be needed. We can supply heat gun repair instructions upon request by using our Contact Us page. Customers will need to provide their order information when requesting mirror repair information.
If a mirror is impacted hard enough to tear the Mylar® film, the impact was relatively severe and could have been enough to crack or break a traditional glass mirror. If the mirror film is torn, the mirror will have to be replaced, but keep in mind that broken glass and potential injury were avoided.
How Much Do Glassless Mirrors Weigh?
As mentioned above, the manufacturing process creates a mirror that offers better image quality than most glass mirrors. Also, it produces large mirrors that are very lightweight. Our largest 6'x8' mirror only weighs 15 lbs., while our smallest 2'x6' mirror weighs only 6 lbs.
Compare Glassless Mirrors:
|Fire Rated Aluminum Foil Backing||Yes||Yes|
|Fire Rated Fiberglass Reinforced Backing||Yes||Yes|
|4-Corner Weld Machine Cut Aluminum Frame||Yes||No|
|Packing includes honeycomb packaging||Yes||No|
|100% custom made virgin polyethylene||Yes||Yes|
|Made in the USA||Yes||Yes|
|Made by Mirrorlite®||No||Yes|
|Wood Crate Packing Option||Yes||No|
Where Can I Buy Glassless Mirrors?
At Gtech Fitness®, you can buy Mylar® mirrors from our SSL secure website. We ship our line of mirrors to any of the 48 contiguous United States. Plus, we offer some of the best prices available with quantity discount purchases, all of our pricing includes shipping, so there are no added handling fees or shipping charges on checkout.