Showerglass - Starphire / ShowerGuard...HELP...so confused
We have been pricing around for glass for our frameless glass shower. We are looking at low iron glass and possibly a shower glass protectant. I have received quotes from 6 places.
Low Iron Glass: Is all low iron glass the same? Some places sell Starphire, which as far as I am aware is a brand name. Starphire's website states it "contains as little as 10% of the iron content of regular glass". Is all low-iron glass 10% or are some higher...like 20% iron? Any benefits to going with Starphire versus a non-branded low-iron (other than I guess I know what I am getting)
Shower Glass Protectant: So we are also looking at a shower protectant like ShowerGuard. I have called around and the place that gave us the best price on low-iron glass (which happens to be Starphire) had a $22/sq ft upcharge for ShowerGuard. They said it was this expensive because they have to order the Starphire glass with the Showerguard and it is very expensive. Other places that just used low-iron glass (not Starphire brand) had a $9-$10/sq ft upcharge for ShowerGuard.
So if I compare my lowest price for non-protected low iron glass (the Starphire quote above) and the lowest price with ShowerGuard protectant (low-iron non-Starphire brand glass) we are looking at $630 difference ($15/sq ft). Just wondering if ShowerGuard is worth over $600. Thoughts? If it was a $300 or less I may consider it, but this is a lot more than I expected.
If we are diligent about cleaning the glass will we be ok? Any suggestions? I have never had glass shower doors so I have no clue what to expect.
I talked with the company that had the $22 up-charge. We discussed that we have public water and in this area we have slight/moderate hard water (Philadelphia burbs). They basically said that if we are good about cleaning our shower that the ShowerGuard is not really needed. They said a squeegee doesn't get all the soap off and just makes the glass look clean and clear and that the key is to get the soap residue off and at the end at every shower at the very minimal we should rinse down the glass. They said soap is the catalyst for mildew and stains. They then said to give the shower a good cleaning once a week. They also recommended using a self applied protectant and said we could use Rain-X (which they called the poor mans shower guard).
Does this make sense? I just want to make sure we are not making a huge mistake if we don't go with the ShowerGuard.