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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? This page answers many questions, if not, please e-mail us at: info@Mirrors-R-Us.com

QUESTIONS

1.   How do I choose which mirror is best for my needs?
2.   What is the difference between the Acrylic and the Glass lens?
3.   What is the difference between the backing material on the mirrors?
4.   Which mirror is best for outdoors?
5.   Which mirror is best for indoors?
6.   How do I determine which size is best for my application?
7.   How do I mount my mirrors?
8.   What is the best way to clean these mirrors? 
9.   Do you have other sizes available?
10.   What is your return policy and guarantee?

ANSWERS ................. to Frequently Asked Questions.

1. How do I choose which mirror is best for my needs?

When choosing a mirror, there are several questions to consider:

  1. Where do you want to use it? (Indoors? Outdoors?)

  2. What do you want to use it for? (Safety? Surveillance? Inspection?)

  3. How much do you want to see (angle and area)?

  4. How far do you want to see (distance)?

  5. How much detail do you want to see (clarity)?

In other words, what do you want to accomplish? The following should provide you with the information you need to help you decide what is best for your situation. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The flatter the mirror, the more exact will be its reflection. Also, the closer you are to the mirror, the more you will see of the reflected area behind you. [For example, stand close to your bathroom mirror and you'll see more of the surrounding area; stand farther away and it will show less of the areas at your sides.]

Curvature in a mirror is designed to help resolve that situation: it allows you to see more of the surrounding (side) areas from a greater distance. And, the greater the curvature, the wider that viewing area will be. An example of this would be the right side-view mirror on your automobile. The objects you see next to your vehicle are closer that they appear; they only seem farther away.

All of our mirrors are manufactured by top quality American manufactures..  We offer a full range of choices: from flat mirrors to full, 360°spheres. Each of them is described separately below (with a link to their respective pages).

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Convex Mirrors

 

There are two types of Convex (slight curvature) Mirrors: Circular (round) and Roundtangular (rectangular with rounded corners). Both of these styles offer 160° views. They offer the best combination of wide-angle viewing, distance and detail.

These two styles are designed for mounting on low walls and ceilings (8 to 10 feet)* and are excellent for use in parking garages, offices and stores. Larger mirrors can often be mounted in more sizeable areas and still provide a good detailed view of the activity in that areas.

If you do not need the widest angle of viewing (like with a Dome mirror), use one of our Convex mirrors. The reflected objects will appear larger, with greater detail, than with Dome mirrors (where the objects will always appear smaller).

A good starting point for determining the size for your Convex mirrors is to use a ratio of 1-inch per each 1-foot of viewing distance; i.e. use an 18-inch Convex mirror for viewing 20 feet of distance.

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Dome Mirrors

Dome mirrors provide the widest viewing area. These are most popular for viewing "traffic" in intersecting hallways and aisles. (There are also Surveillance Domes which are described separately, below.)

We have three styles of Dome Mirrors available:

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The Quarter-dome provides a 90° view and works well in corner areas.*

bulletThe Half-dome provides a viewing area of 180° and are usually used for 3-way "T" intersections.*
bulletThe Full-dome provides the widest viewing area of 360°. These are used for 4-way intersections and are usually mounted at the ceiling.* (For dropped ceilings, please see our Surveillance page.)

* See our diagrams near the top of the Dome Mirrors page.

Because of their ability to provide a wider angle of viewing, a good starting point for determining the size for your Dome mirrors is to use a ratio of 2-inches per each 1-foot of viewing distance; i.e. use an 32-inch Dome mirror for viewing 16 feet of distance. This will afford you both a larger viewing area and greater detail. The sizes are diameters , and their depth is their radius. Therefore, a 32-inch dome will be 32 inches in diameter with a radius (depth) of half that, or 16 inches.

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Flat Mirrors

Our Flat mirrors present a true, non-diminishing, one-to-one, reflection. They are available in a variety of sizes. Features include:
bulletEach comes with both a frame and durable backing.
bulletThey are mounted with either a swivel mount & bracket, or keyhole back.
bulletTheir reflective materials are Acrylic, Glass or Stainless Steel. 
  1. Acrylic provides a high quality image and a shatterproof lens.

  2. Glass is breakable and does not provide the highest quality reflection.

  3. Stainless Steel has an unbreakable lens, is ideal for harsh environments and heavy-duty applications, but its reflection quality is not a good as with Acrylic or glass.

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Forklift Mirrors

 

Our Forklift mirrors help eliminate dangerous blind spots while driving forklifts.
bulletThey can be used indoors or outdoors.
bulletThey are adjustable to any angle or position.
bulletThey are easy to install, using a universal mounting bracket.

Because of its reflection accuracy, the convex mirror is more popular than the dome-type.

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Inspection
Mirrors

Inspection mirrors are especially useful for looking in difficult-to-see areas such as: under vehicles (at sensitive points of security); over, under and around large, immovable objects (bridges, machinery, etc), and much more.

Our standard-size, light-weight (but sturdy), hand-held models have lenses that are 12" round and made of durable Acrylic. They come with a heavy-duty, extruded-rubber rim to help prevent damaging objects under inspection while maneuvering. Their effective ground clearance is a mere 3½". The handles are a very comfortable 51" long.

Your options include:

bulletFlat or Convex.
bulletErgonomic or straight designs.
bulletWith or without a flashlight (including batteries and mounting bracket).
bulletWith or without wheels (allowing full range of motion with less effort).

Other features include:

  1. For indoor or outdoor use.

  2. Light-weight with adjustable 51" handle (to minimize fatigue).
  3. Adjustable swivel handle for infinite adjustment and comfort.

All of the same features above apply to the Mini Inspection Mirror with the exception that it comes only in the convex style, is 8" in diameter, has a one-piece, 40" handle, and is not offered with wheels or lights.

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Surveillance

Smoked Ceiling Dome

Pendant Dome

 

Surveillance Domes and Pendants are increasingly used to successfully prevent theft and vandalism, thereby reducing the cost of doing business.

Designed for indoor use, they provide a full 360° viewing angle with high visibility, making them a very effective deterrent.

There are several styles available, including:

bulletDrop-In Smoked, Mirrored and See-Through ceiling Domes.
— Each Drop-in ceiling Dome is made of Acrylic.
— They come with a mounting panel to replace standard ceiling panels.
— Each has a backing light shield (to block out background lights).
bulletSmoked Pendent is a "dummy" (i.e., without CCTV hardware).
— It is a full sphere 12" diameter.
— It provides a full 360° viewing area.
— The lens of this Pendent is blacked out on top and bottom half.

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2. What is the difference between the Acrylic and the Glass lens?

Our Acrylic Mirrors are, by far, the most popular choice of customers. Most agree there is a better reflection quality with the Acrylic material. Glass is not as translucent and, therefore, less clear. Polycarbonate offers the least reflection quality.

In active areas, where the mirror could be broken, Acrylic mirrors are recommended as they are almost indestructible. They have minimal danger of injuring anyone from broken pieces, as opposed to the razor-sharp shards from broken Glass mirrors.

Outdoors, Acrylic is less susceptible to water spots than with glass and, therefore, requires less cleaning which, in turn, can reduce your maintenance cost.

Glass Mirrors should be used in areas where they are mounted high enough to avoid breakage, or do not violate OSHA requirements, or where safety is not a concern. On the other hand, Glass mirrors are more resistant to scratches, especially from the cleaning process. (See the answer to the question "What is the best way to clean your mirrors?" below.)

FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T DECIDE BETWEEN GLASS OR ACRYLIC, ACRYLIC IS RECOMMENDED. IT IS 10-TIMES MORE DURABLE AND HAS 20% BETTER REFLECTION QUALITIES.

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3. What is the difference between the backing material on the mirrors?

For indoor use, any backing material will serve you well for a very long time. Cost may be your determining factor.

For outdoor use, Steel backing is recommended. It is very strong, and the edge of the lens is sealed with a durable rim that is not affected by extreme hot and cold temperatures. It will withstand all but the worst weather (cyclones, hurricanes, tornados, typhoons) conditions.

The painted hardboard backing is also weatherproof and has the same durable rim as mentioned above. This backing material is sufficient for mild wind and weather conditions.


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4. Which mirror is best for outdoors?

Style-wise, both the Circular (round) and Roundtangular (rectangular with rounded corners) work equally well for viewing either to the left or the right. 

The Roundtangular mirror seems to be the preferred style by most customers because it does not reflect as much of the overhead sun. Also, many feel it has a more attractive appearance. 


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5. Which mirror is best for indoors?
This depends on what you want to accomplish with the mirror. A review of the GENERAL INFORMATION in question #1 above, How do I choose which mirror is best for my needs?, should help you in your selection. 

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6. How do I determine which size is best for my application?

For Convex mirrors, you can usually figure a ratio of 1 inch diameter for every foot of viewing distance. ( See more information about Convex Mirrors under GENERAL INFORMATION above.)

For Dome mirrors, the ratio is usually 2 inches in diameter for every foot of viewing distance. ( See more information about Dome Mirrors under GENERAL INFORMATION above.)


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7. How do I mount my mirrors?

Most of our mirrors come with a suitable "J" or "Z" mounting bracket and a ball-swivel mount. These brackets allow our mirrors to be fastened to almost any sturdy object (wall, post, tree, etc.). 

After the  bracket is securely mounted, the mirror can be adjusted to any desired angle by loosening (but NOT removing) the three screws (around the ball-swivel mount on your mirror). After positioning your mirror, tighten those same three screws to lock your mirror in place.

Our wall-mounted, flat mirrors come equipped with either a swivel-mount bracket or with a locking keyhole back for ease of installation. The Keyhole-mount is very difficult to remove — but very simple, when we tell you how!


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8. What is the best way to clean these mirrors?

For glass mirrors, any class cleaner will work fine.

Acrylic mirrors should be cleaned using only plain water or a mild detergent and a soft, clean, cotton cloth. This will reduce the chance of scratching its surface.  Lemon Pledge™ also works fine. DO NOT USE GLASS CLEANER ON ACRYLIC MIRRORS.  There are also products available on the market specifically designed to clean Acrylic.

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9. Do you have other sizes available?

Yes, other sizes are available. You need to call us to quote pricing on customized sizes.
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10. What is your return policy and guarantee?

We guarantee our products to be free of any defect in material or workmanship.

If such a defect manifests itself within a reasonable length of time, that item will be replaced at our expense, including the shipping charge. (We want to be sure our Customers remain happy with us.)

Likewise, in the unlikely event we shipped the wrong product, the same policy applies.

Should it be discovered that the Customer ordered the wrong product or changed their mind, the item(s) need to be returned within 21 days. There also needs to be a 30% re-stocking fee to cover our expenses. At our low prices, even 30% does not cover our expenses; we offer this only as a courtesy to our customers. Return instruction will be sent to the customer. No items will be accepted without a Return Authorization number.

We realize there can be extenuating circumstances that may affect the policies stated above. In these instances, we feel good communication between us can satisfactorily resolve that situation and help us do what we can to arrive at an amicable solution.


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If you have any questions that are not answered here, please let us know via e-mail info@mirrorsrus.com        THANK YOU

 

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