If you have to replace glass in and around your doors, or you are having glass installed there for the first time, then it is always advisable to engage an experienced professional to do the job. Glaziers and carpenters will have worked with glass in various different types of doors and will know where and how glass works best, as well as which sorts of glass will combine good looks with sound security.
If the tradesman is replacing glass in your door then he will carefully remove any glass that you currently have installed, ensuring that he clears all of the old glass, as well as from the area around it. He will then clean the area, scrape out any old putty and prepare it for new glass to be installed. The glass will need to be cut to fit the door and then fitted with new putty and allowed to dry solidly. If you have a UPVC or an aluminium door then you will need a glazing expert, who will be able to remove old glass from a sealed unit and fit new glass into it safely and securely. They should also be able to replace panels in the door with glass or revert glass panels to a solid door panel.
Glass in solid wooden doors is often in the form of a fanlight at the top of the door, which is a decorative curved strip of glass or several small pieces of glass. These can be difficult to repair or replace, as the glass is curved and has to be cut to fit the holes in the door. If the glass is decorative then a glazier may be able to match the glass or provide a similar glass to replace the whole fanlight. Similarly, a good professional glazier will be able to match and replace the glass in the top half of a door, whether it is plain, leaded or of the decorative style of coloured glass used in lots of homes from the Victorian era up to the 1930s.
They should also be able to fit new or salvaged glass that you buy and would like fitted into your door. Glaziers will be able to fit security or toughened safety glass, which is often used in doors in flats or in areas where there is a high crime rate. They will also be able to repair or renew glass in patio doors, sliding doors or French doors, working on wooden framed fittings or with aluminium or UPVC sealed units. All of this kind of work should be simple for any glazier, security expert or door-fitter with experience of working with glasswork. The overall cost of the job will depend upon the amount of glass to be fitted and the difficulty of the job, as well as the cost of the new or replacement glass that is to be installed
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