Gtech Fitness® Glassless Mirrors
Our mirrors use a thick Mylar® film that has been "metalized" with an extremely 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 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 originally developed by Dupont® in the 1950's. It is used in a number of 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, but 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 Mylar® Film properties, as it shrinks tightly when heat is that tightness after the heat is removed. It enables the production of one of the lightest and clearest mirrors available on the market today.
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Are Mylar® 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-man 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 such as studs, brick or other types of walls.
The L-brackets have two holes per bracket, one for attaching to the mirror and one for attaching to the wall.
To request detailed installation instructions, please use our Contact Us page.
Do Mylar® 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, believe it or not, 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 you wall mount our mirrors and see distortion, this is typically caused from a very uneven wall when the screws are completely tightened, causing the aluminum frame to flex. Simply back out the mounting screws a bit, until the aluminum frame returns to its flat position and this will remove the image distortion.
Wall Mounted vs. Rolling Stand Mirrors
Our mirrors are available as wall mounted with rolling stands. Plus, they can be converted at any time to either wall mount or rolling stand versions after your initial purchase, giving you the ability to change your wall mirror to a rolling stand mirror, or vice versa, your facility needs change.
This 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 Mylar® Mirrors Used?
Due to their lightweight design and exceptional versatility, Gtech Fitness® Mirrors are used in a number of 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 and much more.
Apartment Fitness Rooms
Church Fitness Programs
Commercial Fitness Centers
Condominium Exercise Rooms
Dance / Ballet Studios
Fire Department Gyms
Hotel Exercise Rooms
Martial Arts / Karate Studios
Military Fitness Centers
Parks & Recreation Facilities
Personal Training Studios
Police Workout Rooms
Physical Therapy Clinics
School Weight Rooms
Spas & Resorts
Sports Rehab Facilities
Where Are Mylar® Mirrors Made?
Our mirrors are proudly made right here in the USA! A USA based manufacturing plant allows for absolute quality control over product material, components and workmanship. Each mirror is quality inspected prior to packing for shipment to your location, ensuring the best possible customer experience when shopping online for a viable, affordable mirror product.
Are Mylar® Mirrors Durable?
An equally important question we like to ask is, "Are glass mirrors durable?". There are pros and cons to both glass and when it comes to mirrors. However, we feel the upside to far outweigh those of glass mirrors.
Most people envision an unbreakable product when speaking of Mylar® mirrors. In reality, and glass mirrors can be damaged. The primary difference is dealing with broken glass and liability or not having to deal with it.
Most people in general stay away from mirrors in public facilities, but there are those cases where a weight plate or dumbbell hits a mirror by accident. These types of occurrences are why our mirrors were made, to eliminate potential injury and potential liability.
If our mirrors are impacted, one of two things will happen; the mirror film will be or the mirror film will tear. Either way, there is no broken glass.
Can Mylar® Mirrors Be Repaired?
If the mirror film is dented, in most cases the dent can be completely repaired. 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 supply their order information when requesting mirror repair information.
If a mirror is impacted hard enough to tear the Mylar® film, the impact was fairly severe and could have been enough impact 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, the outcome of broken glass and potential injury were avoided.
How Much Do Mylar® Mirrors Weigh?
The aforementioned manufacturing process creates a mirror that offers better image quality than most glass mirrors. In addition, it creates large mirrors that are very lightweight. Our largest 6'x8' only 15 lbs., while our smallest 2'x6' mirrors weigh only 6 lbs.
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|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 Mylar® 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, not only do 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.