5 things you should consider before choosing a glazier
The skill involved in glazing is often overlooked until you encounter a slipshod glazier who makes a muck of things. A professional glazier knows the ins and outs of cutting, installing and removing glass, a true expert who has perfected the art. There is nothing worse than having to repair damage to a glass structure in your home only to have it shoddily repaired. Glass is a delicate material that has to be handled by a professional who has experience with a range of glass structures and will ensure that the finishing is immaculate and polished. If you are like me, the first time you realized you needed a glazier was the moment immediately after a ball shattered the window in your living room! Aside from the obvious inconvenience, you may not know where to start to find a suitable glazier for the job. Here are 5 things you should keep in mind before choosing a person for the job:
Have they done this before?Before selecting a glazier you should verify that they are capable of handling your specific needs. Ask yourself; are there any aspects of the project that may need special skills? For example do you have patterned or coloured glass? Do you have an unusual shape of glass that needs to be cut to a specific dimension or specification? Is the glass structure built using historic features not commonly seen today? Is the glass piece attached to another type of material such as wood or steel?Moreover where is the glass housed? Is it on a window, shower, mirror, wall, tabletops etc.? It is important to adequately consider what specific elements of your project may be out of the ordinary as that will have an impact on the price of the project and also the glazier you should hire. Meaning that if you need an expert in double glazing you should be specific about this requirement when shopping around so that you are certain they have experience in this area.
How long have they been around? This goes without saying but you want to consider how many years of experience the company has in the industry. While this should not be the only factor considered it is certainly an important one. It gives you confidence in knowing that they have dealt with a range of projects before and will be able to properly advise you on the right approach for your repair.Another factor to keep in mind is whether they have dealt mostly with commercial or residential projects. A simple fix may not need a commercial glazier but for more elaborate projects it may be worth considering a glazier with commercial experience.
Do your homework–When looking for a glazier getting past customer reviewsis critical in obtaining useful feedback. Start by asking your neighbours if they have contracted a glazier and ask them who they would recommend. With the online world as it is now you may find some glaziers with websites that can provide valuable information. However don’t be fooled into thinking that a flashy website means quality service, you may find yourself disappointed. Instead ask for a customer reference, if they are truly a professional providing a reference should be no problem. Additionally, glaziers are often members of professional bodies or have evidence of qualifications; don’t be afraid to enquire politely about proof of experience.
Ask Questions! When hiring a glazier (or contractor in general) it is not always easy to anticipate all the issues that could go wrong. It is only after having worked with a glazier that people start to think of things they would have done differently. Therefore as you go through the hiring process take the time to think through possible hitches that could go wrong and ask upfront how they would be handled. If a worker damages property unrelated to the project will they have insurance to cover those costs? Will there be a contract in place detailing expected outcomes? What materials are needed for this project and who will cover the costs? If I am not satisfied with the final work what options are available to me? Who will be completing the work and do they have the relevant expertise? You want to have faith that in the event that things go awry you have options available to you. Persons are often too willing to blindly trust a glazier without asking the right questions. Arming yourself with knowledge gives you peace of mind that your glazier will handle any discrepancies fairly and professionally.
Shop around– There is no harm in getting a quote from a glazier (3-4 quotes should be sufficient) before commencing the work, in fact it is highly recommend. A good glazier will point out items about the project that you may not have realized yourself. It is also a great opportunity to see how professional each prospect is before you get on board with them. While the price is important, be cautious of selecting a glazier solely on price, cheaper is not always better. When it comes to the peace of mind of having a structure repaired properly, paying a little extra can make a significant difference.
Finding a suitable glazier can be tricky in a world full of expert salesmen, the glazier industry is no exception. Spending the time to properly consider these factors will go a long way in reducing your expenses and save you from the frustrations of poor workmanship. Glass structures form such a unique and memorable part of a home; it is often the character surrounding the workmanship that leaves an impression on your guests.Repairing glass is one household task that should not be taken lightly as it preserves the value of the home and often accentuates a home’s aesthetic appeal. Once the work has been completed be sure to do an evaluation of the work by revisiting your contract to see whether all your needs have been sufficiently fulfilled. Following these simple steps will help you select a suitable glazier with confidence and feel secure in knowing that your repairs will be handled professionally and immaculately.