D.C.-area glass and mirror solutions are in sight

D.C.-area glass and mirror solutions are in sight

Pause and reflect on advice from these three highly rated glass and mirror installers in the Washington, D.C., area.

Who we spoke to

VIENNA GLASS

Nathan Williams, shower door dept. manager

Manassas, Va.

RESTON GLASS

Tara Rinker, president

Herndon, Va.

ANT BUILDERS GLASS DIVISION

Tim Sergun, project manager

Arlington, Va.

What types of glass and mirror work do you do?

Nathan Williams: The most common shower glass we use is regular clear glass, which has a kind of green hue to it. We also deal in Starphire glass if a customer wants something ultra clear.

Tara Rinker: We specialize in frameless showers, shower doors, mirrors, tabletops, insulated glass, screens, patio doors and almost anything in glass for your home. We do both installation and repair when possible.

Tim Sergun: For shower enclosures, we use 3/8-and 1/2-inch clear tempered glass. We also have 3/8- and 1/2-inch low iron [ultra clear], acid-etched [frosted], gray and pattern glass.

What is the price range for your work?

Williams: The average day-to-day shower enclosure that we install is typically in the $1,500 neighborhood. It really depends on what the customer wants to do with their bathroom.

Rinker: Anything from a $10 piece of stainless steel glass to thousands of dollars.

Sergun: An average shower enclosure will cost $900 to $1,400 installed.

What should people look for when selecting a company to install or repair glass/mirrors?

Williams: I think people often look at only the price, and do little research into the company itself. A company might outsource their material overseas to get the cheapest option.

Rinker: How long have they been in business? Are they licensed and insured? Do they have a showroom where you can go and see them?

Sergun: Cost-to-value ratio is always important. We will beat any written estimate on the same glass/hardware setup. Don’t forget to ask about lead times, warranty and quality of workmanship.

What do customers need to do to prepare for your home visit?

Williams: Make sure the tile is done. Anyplace that the shower will be connected to needs to have the tile in it. Measurements need to be exact and not a guess when the glass is sent to fabrication.

Rinker: If it’s for a frameless shower, the tile work needs to be in. For other items, they just need to know what they want us to measure for a quote.

Sergun: Tile work should be complete and shower curb should be finished before taking measurements, although we don’t mind coming out at earlier stages and helping with your shower enclosure’s layout.


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