Tampa glass and mirror installers give advice

Tampa glass and mirror installers give advice

Pause and reflect on advice from these three highly rated glass and mirror installers in the Tampa area.

BORTER GLASS

Carol Borter, corporate secretary

Tampa

HOLIGA GLASS & MIRROR

Lori Holiga, office manager

Lutz, Fla.

A-CHRISTIAN GLASS & MIRROR

Barbara Powers, co-owner

St. Petersburg, Fla.

What types of glass and mirror work do you do?

Carol Borter:

We specialize in heavy frameless shower enclosures. We also do mirrored walls, bevel tabletop glass and replace broken glass, as well as some storefront work.

Lori Holiga:

We do mostly shower doors, anything from semi-frameless to the heavy frameless. We do a lot of mirrored walls and framed bathroom mirrors as well.

Barbara Powers:

We do mostly custom work, including a lot of heavy glass frameless shower enclosures and working with designers and contractors.

Have you seen any trends when it comes to mirrors and glass in bathrooms?

Borter:

People are very interested now in heavy glass and mirroring their entire space on the bathroom cabinet. There’s also a lot of interest in having two smaller mirrors in a decorative frame.

Holiga:

It used to be everybody had a plain bathroom mirror, but now everybody wants to put a frame on it. And shower doors are moving to the heavy frameless doors.

Powers:

The heavy glass frameless enclosures are very popular. They have the minimum amount of metal possible, and are nicer-looking and easier to maintain.

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

Borter:

They want a company with a good reputation who is bonded, licensed and insured. You want someone who tries their best to be dependable and pleasant to work with.

Holiga:

You want experience. Find out how long they’ve been in business and if they know what they’re talking about.

Powers:

Look for word-of-mouth reference. That’s the best kind of advertising there is.

What factors affect the price for your work?

Borter:

Size is the biggest element. It’s also affected by the fabrication requested, distance from job site and how labor-intensive it is.

Holiga:

The type of job, type of glass, hardware, specs in general, and many other things can change pricing. Framed showers cost much less than heavy frameless.

Barbara Powers:

The size of the job is the biggest thing. The overall layout of the shower will determine a lot about what needs to 
go in there and how long it will take.


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