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Question How much does a mirror weigh?

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PaulSF

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Specifically, a mirror that is 16 inches x 60 inches. Is there a handy-dandy rule of thumb for this sort of thing?
 

Jeff Rodier

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1/8" or 1/4". Figure 3 pounds per square foot for an estimate.
 

PaulSF

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It's probably not going to be beveled (that would look bad on such a narrow piece, plus it's going in an office lobby. So I should estimate about 20 lbs for the mirror. Designer wants a very skinny frame, surprise surprise.
 
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PaulSF

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So Jeff, is 3 lbs. psf for the 1/8 inch, or for the 1/4-inch?
 

Jeff Rodier

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Close to 2 1/2 or 4. This is a combination of the glass weight plus the miiror surface applied to the backing. Mirror quality and actual thickness vary even with stated thickness. I frame a lot of the double sink mirror which is 42x65 here. I lift it into the glass cutter with my hands gripping the top edge bare handed. If the frame is extra narrow I would back it with masonite screwed into the back of the frame to prevent bowing. Z-Bar is the best hanging system and only needs to be on the top of something the size you are working with.
 

Rob Markoff

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WEIGHTS:

Glass Weight per Square Foot

1/8"=1.64 lbs.sq.ft.
3/16"=2.45 lbs.sq.ft.
1/4"=3.27 lbs.sq.ft.
3/8"=4.91 lbs.sq.ft.
1/2"=6.54 lbs.sq.ft.
3/4"=9.84 lbs.sq.ft.
1"=13.11 lbs.sq.ft.

A 16 x 20 piece of 1/4" glass is 2.22 square feet or about 7 1/4 lbs.

Mirror is slightly heavier due to the silvering.
 
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