Everything you need to know about finding a Glazier
What Glaziers Do
Glaziers or glass fitters manufacture glass and glass products and install and glaze windows and doors. The glazier that comes to your home will likely be involved in the latter. Glaziers perform the following tasks, among others:
Measure and cut glass to fit the required space (see glass cutting)
Fit glass into place and secure it
Assemble pre-fabricated units such as shower screens and stalls
Replace glass as required
Glaze and re-glaze windows and doors
Types of Glass
There are actually several different types of glass, and the type you choose will depend on what situations you will be using it in. Common uses for glass include in windows, doors and bathrooms. Some common types of glass include:
Sheet glass – sheet glass is ordinary glass and is used in many standard windows. However, it can look slightly distorted due to the manufacturing process.
Float glass – very similar to sheet glass only it has no distortion, making it very popular for home windows. Float glass can be cut with a normal glass cutter.
Energy efficient glass – this glass is float glass that has a special coating on one side that allows the sun’s energy to pass through while reducing the amount of heat that leaves from the other side of the glass. The coating gives the glass a slight grey tinge and does not stand up well to extreme weather conditions.
Patterned glass – patterned glass is mainly used for decorative applications. It can provide some privacy and it will still let some light through.
Safety glass – safety glass is float glass with a special treatment applied to it. If broken, safety glass crumbles and does not have sharp edges.
Laminated glass – this glass is made up of transparent laminate on float glass. It is very tough as the laminate will hold together the shards of glass if the glass is broken.
Wired glass – wired glass generally has a wire plate inserted into the glass to provide extra protection against breakage. It is a good choice for garages and outdoor areas but it is not very attractive.
Mirrors – are made from float safety glass and have a silver layer on one side to create the reflection. However, older mirrors are usually not made from safety glass so should be left within their frames.
Picture frame glass – low reflection glass or plastic that is designed to let light in but not create a reflection.
Splashbacks – are usually made from safety glass and come in a wide range of colours and finishes. Splash backs can be used in almost any area of the house but are most commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms. They create a modern look and are very easy to clean. See splashbacks for more information.
Shower and bath screens – these screens are made from temperature resistant safety glass so that they do not break when hit by hot or cold water. Screens can be framed or frameless and are available in clear or frosted glass.
Glass bricks - these are a striking architectural feature that can be used either as a decorative or practical feature indoors or out. Glass bricks are typically installed in wood or aluminium frames and are held together with connectors and clips. For more information see glass bricks.
Finding a Professional Glazier
When choosing a glass and glazing professional for your home, ensure that they are fully qualified and experienced. Obtain quotes first before choosing the professional and ensure that the quote includes the cost of the glass as well as the cost of installation and call out.
How Much Does Glass and Glazing Cost?
Glass and glazing specialists are likely to base their charges around two factors, namely the size and type of glass that is being installed. Access to the job, if this is a factor, will also be taken into account as is the need for specialised equipment. Basic labour charges for glass replacement can start as low as $40 per hour, but this figure will escalate if custom glass is required for your job.
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