Replace vs. Renew: How to Tell When You Need a New Mirror

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Mirrors enhance the natural light in a room, can trick the eye into thinking there is more space than there is, and are downright useful when you’re getting ready in the morning. Sadly, mirrors don’t stay perfect forever, and they tend to get worn down over time.

Sometimes, a mirror is beyond repair — but how can you be sure? Before you invest in a new one, it’s important to recognize the key signs that show it’s time for a replacement. Keep reading to learn when it’s time to trash your mirror and when it can be renewed with a custom frame.

It’s time to replace your mirror if:

–It has a crack.

A cracked mirror means more than just seven years of bad luck, it can be a real safety hazard! Broken mirrors can do damage to you, your loved ones, and your furnishings if you’re not careful. Small cracks can turn into bigger ones, and nobody wants to deal with shattered glass. If your mirror has a crack — even a small one — it’s best to go ahead and replace it.

–Your image is distorted.

Keep the fun house mirrors at the carnival. If your reflection seems wavy, or some parts seem bigger or smaller, it’s likely because your glass mirror has worn down. Although you may enjoy the free slim-down service of a mirror that makes it look like you’ve shed a few pounds, it is a sign that the mirror is on its way out — best to replace it before it wears down even more and threatens injury.

Not every aged mirror needs to be swapped out. In many cases, adding a frame to your mirror can give it a second life — and save you a good deal of money!

Salvage your mirror with a new frame if:

–It simply looks outdated.

Mirror lost its luster? If your mirror is looking a little vintage (and not in a good way), but is otherwise functional, it is a great candidate for a frame. Choose from a wide variety of styles and finishes from our Add A Frame® collection to give your mirror a completely renewed look.

–You want to give the room a makeover

One fast and easy way to give a room a refresh is to add a frame to your mirror. Although it seems like a minor detail compared to, say, painting an entire wall, a new mirror frame can elevate a room and totally change the overall look. Often, people automatically replace the vanity mirrors when they renovate the bathroom. No need! If the mirror is in good condition, simply add a new frame to change up the style.

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–It’s de-silvered or tarnished around the edges.

Ever noticed dark, streaky spots around the edges of your mirror? This “desilvering” happens over time when mirrors aren’t properly maintained. Mirrors have layers of tin and silver, and as the silver wears away over time, those dark spots become noticeable. Desilvering happens even more quickly and commonly in rooms that are exposed to high humidity, like bathrooms. Using improper cleaning methods, like a wet rag or excessive amounts of ammonia-based cleaning products, also expedites the desilvering process.

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RELATED READ: How to Properly Maintain Your Mirror to Avoid Desilvering

The good news is that if you notice desilvering around the edges of your mirror, you don’t need to replace it with a new one. Try adding a frame for a polished look that covers up those irksome streaks. It’s a cost effective way to extend the life of your mirror and infuse a little extra style into your space.

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