An Internet search for glass repair brings up many websites dedicated to repairing glass items such as car windshields, glass doors, and windows. But glass, as most understand it, is a substance that when broken is near impossible to repair.
Actually, glass repair is dependent on the type of damage the glass object has sustained.
What is Glass?
Glass is defined as a hard, brittle substance made by fusing sand with other ingredients. It is usually transparent or translucent and commonly used for windows, drinking containers, table tops, light bulbs and other articles.
Because glass shatters when the right amount of force is applied, glass repair is often ignored. People usually find a replacement rather than repairing it. A small crack in a window or windshield would eventually grow and may eventually cause an accident.
Depending on the damage, repairs can come out cheaper than total replacement. A small chip in the windshield can easily be repaired with minimal obstructive view for the driver. The windshield may even be as strong as it was before the damage. Some insurance providers even covers glass repair, particularly auto glass repair (car windows, mirrors, windshields).
Another factor when considering repair is the sentimental value of the item. Some trophies and awards are given in the form of glass or ceramic mugs. Some even give out glass trophies. As these kind of items are hard to replace, glass services, albeit expensive depending on the damage, is the only option.
Before throwing out a broken glass object, consult with a professional glass contractor and get a quote on it. Find out if it is still repairable and if it is cheaper than getting a replacement.
There is an abundance of glass contractors, particularly for home glass. These companies are not limited to home glass fixtures. They also offer specialized service for automobile windows, mirrors, and smaller glass objects.
It is best to do a background check on these glass contractors. Glass is a very delicate item. Make sure that they are qualified and reputable. Hiring a person who has no experience may result in an accident, make the object irreparable, or can cost more than getting a new replacement.
People are accustomed to automatically throw away broken glass objects. Glass makes up a large percentage on household and industrial waste. Some of these items are thrown away unnecessarily. They can still be repaired to a usable state.
Knowing that repair or renovation is a possible option can save the person some money.