The primary demand we put on a pipe is the ability to hold its own against fire-hot and ice-cold temperatures. That also means the ability to shift quickly between the two without cracking. With a quality borosilicate piece, you’ll be able to experiment with hot vaporous water, ice cube chilling, even the intensity of a torch lighter without worrying about the wear.
The aspect of borosilicate enthusiasts tend to most outwardly appreciate is the increased durability. We’ve all had those heartbroken moments when you’ve just spent the cash on a quality pipe for it to break before its time was up. You can seriously minimize the chances of this happening if you check your glass type before you buy. Borosilicate is often called “space glass” in the industry for its futuristic ability to stand strong against breakage. Though it isn’t shatterproof, it’s much tougher than your standard glass design. That means you won’t have to waste any fun worrying about your butterfinger friends or pets bumping over water pipes.
Aside from its strength against temperature and breakage, borosilicate glass is also tough enough to clean regularly and resist corrosion. Use a simple isopropyl alcohol soak to eat away at build up, and even use a pipe cleaner to give it a good scrub if you feel the urge. Keeping it clean will give you that good-as-new crystal clarity that makes boro glass pop. Set it on the windowsill to see the sleek glass sparkle! The clear glass can still be colorized for some pretty impressive artwork.