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with Vanguard visited my property within 2 days of my call. He explained all my options regarding" the different types of glass and venting. I had concerns regarding diminished light which turned out to be unfounded. In fact, I have more light without giving up any privacy. He measured my windows and quoted me on the initial visit. His price was extremely fair and even threw in several vents at no charge. Within the week my 7 windows were constructed and installed. I came home and found that I indeed had additional light without giving up my privacy, the entire area was cleaned to perfection, the vents opened easily and allowed air to enter and circulate, and all the old debris was hauled away. I was so pleased with
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As strong and secure as masonry, yet able to allow light to pass through, glass block can be a great option for bathrooms, basements and other projects.

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From what I can see in a picture of the item, there does not appear to be anything special about the glass. unless it has an Ikea emplem on it or special etching or something, any normal window glass replacement company like Speedy Glass or such should be able to cut and install replacement glass - probably about $100-300 depending on whether a pane or entire door-sized panel of glass, depending on which style you have.
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Just about every sliding door I have installed is put in in sections. If it is a brand name you may be able to purchase a replacement panel from a lumber yard or call a glass company to replace just the glass. I have seen some windows and doors that have a "welded" plastic frame that is next to impossible to replace just the glass. I hate to give estimated costs on labor or material since they very by manufacturer and regional prices but I would think you are in the $250-350 range in labor plus cost of glass or panel. 
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Could be held on with concealed mirror fasteners (usually a clip or notched "button" design, with very litle showing outside the mirror, or none showing if has trim around it, or with large dabs or swipes of mirror adhesive or liquid nails. The former leaves minimal damage when removed - no more than a heavy duty picture hanger, the latter leaves divots in drywall, as you surmised, and holes in the drywall if a piece of plywood is not used as a prypoint when prying it off.

 

If you want to try to save the mirrors, then a glass and mirror installer is needed - they can remove them from the hangers, or cut the adhesive with wire saw - though that will add probably 2-3 hours labor per room. Then you would need a painter who also does minor drywall repairs.

 

If not saving the mirrors, then I suspect you could get a Handyman to pop them off, repair the divots, and repaint. Otherwise, a Painter would probably be glad to do it and repair the damage and repaint - just be prepared for a hefty charge for duct tape - like $100-200, because that is the best way to do this - duct tape the surface completely, pry the mirrors off (commonly breaking them), then cut through the tape to make pieces of glass manageable and of a size to fit in garbage can or box for hauling out. Be sure to emphasize PLYWOOD protection for floors, overlain by canvas or plastic, when removing the mirrors - drop a good sized piece and you have significant flooring damage.

 

Here is a prior response for a similar situation, including the same suggestions about removal, but also a bunch of ideas of how to leave the mirrors and cover or integrate them - which can be a LOT cheaper than paying a two-man crew for a day to remove mirrors, depending on solution you choose.

 

 http://answers.angieslist.com/Need-rid-wall-mirrors--q67621.aspx

 

this is probably a quarter to full days job to remove depending on how fastened and if saving or not, so about $200-800 range. Drywall repair and painting probably about another $150-250 range, so ballpark numbers - pushing $300-400 if mirrors come off easy (bracketed) or can be scrapped, more like a thousand $ if saving mirrors.

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Your Search the List category is Glass and Mirrors - the Speedy Glass type company that does home and auto glass replacement.

 

If the glass is held in with window putty (a doughy tan or white putty) or by a wood trim piece all around it pinching it in place, then you can probably fix it yourself for about $15 piece of glass at a glass replacement place or somehome improvement/lumberyards.

 

If the glass is multiple-pane, or encased in a metal frame, then not easy to do yourself, though in some situations with single-pane you could remove the glass mounting frame entirely, use larger glass, and install with window putty. Double or triple pane you need then to fabricate a new "glazing unit" for you - the glass layers all enclosed in the metal encasing unit.If you are going to pay for that, might as well have them put it in too.

Glass Block Installation reviews in San Jose

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Rating
I'm just now writing this review as I had come across this company recently on Angie's List. They installed the glass block a couple years ago and I still get angry when I think about it.
The good
The windows look great. They were quick and on time.
The bad
They left glass EVERYWHERE. I even found pieces as long as my arm. Almost 2 years after they completed this job I'm still finding glass outside and in the basement. We have pets and a child. It's ridiculous this company was so careless.
I called them and was told I would get a call back but never did.
Stay away from them.
- Mike S.
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I set up a meeting to get an estimate at a new property.
They did not show up. They did not call.
I called the office after being stood up (in the cold).
The service rep transferred me to the sales rep. He claimed would
go to the property on his own and provide an estimate.
I never received that estimate or any follow up on my request or his promise.
This lack of responsiveness stole time out of my day. I could have been with my family instead of waiting in the cold for a man who
never showed.


- aaron S.
B

Rating
Arrived as promised to take measurements and to install window. Worked quickly to install window. Window is of superior quality. He did not do a good job of cleaning up after himself.
- Sharon A.
A

Rating
Delayed Installation (signed contract on April 3 and Windows were installed June 26. However, once they started, they finished quickly. We had a couple of call-back items (not their fault, changes we wanted) and they were prmpt and profesisnal in responding.
Overall a great experience and great windows.
San Jose Glass Blocks Provider Name Locked
S is a professional courteous salesman. Always punctual, always returned calls timely.


- Kevin M.
A

Rating
The install went great. Team was prompt on their arrival and worked hard to keep from disturbing the property during the install. They protected the lawn as they drove and dug the hole and backfilled it once the job was done.
- Eric B.
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Rating
Upon contacting Mr.
San Jose Glass Blocks Provider Name Locked
, and requesting a quote for 8 basement windows, he asked where did I live? I said Shaker Heights and he , though politely, refused to do business with me due to my location. He stated that he choses NOT to do any work in Shaker Heights./ Wow. Somebody did him wrong....but I don't think a businessman should ever refuse a job because of the suburb, nor should Angies List give any business that discriminates, for ANY reason, an acceptable rating.
- Robert F.
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I can't imagine it going any better. They arrive on time, they did excellent work, and they were in and out in two hours. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
- Steven W.
A

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He was very professional, prompt, did an estimate for me since I worked nights, and called me back. They were courteous, prompt, and very clean. They even did extra work, by cleaning out the windowsill. It was the best work I've ever had done!
- tanisha P.

All Glass Blocks in San Jose, CA

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A Nor Cal Handyman Company

4497 Latimer Ave
San Jose

A Professional Pool & Spa

1648 Sundown Ln
San Jose

Able Glass Co

850 Aldo Ave
Santa Clara

Ace Home Repair

37764 Starflower St
Newark

AL'S CHIMNEY CLEANING INC.

579 el camino real
Atherton

AMC Builders, Inc.

2318 62nd Avenue
Oakland

American Kitchen & Bath Inc

1758 Junction Ave
San Jose

American Remodel and Repair

18006 Incline Rd
Hayward

American Window Systems Inc

1729b Action Ave
Napa

Ask Windows Design Center

280 Authur Rd.
Martinez

Axiom Interiors

6812 Endmoor Dr.
San Jose

Bay area restoration

2670 pacer LN
San Jose

Bay Home and Window

40 California Ave
Pleasanton

BEST MARBLE & GRANITE

2446 TEAGARDEN ST
San Leandro

BuyTile.com

5904 Ave D

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Closed

San Francisco

CMG SERVICES

100 GRAND AVENUE #201
Oakland

Cool's Custom

PO Box 1974
Los Gatos

Cowboy Construction West

PO Box 933
Novato

Creative Homes

624 Victor Way
Mountain View

David Wilson's Tile

1649 18th St.
Oroville

Diana's Toolbag

35815 Augustine Pl

DRACO

10 BURGOYNE CT
San Mateo

DRW Masonry

4435 First st.
Livermore

Elemental Tile Designs

5400 Fulton St
San Francisco

Enders Tile

3008 Rosemary Lane
San Jose

enriques tile

Livermore

ERIC ROSS TILE CO

1864 KEYSTONE CT
Redding

ESD STONE&TILE

PO BOX 361165
Milpitas

EXCLUSIVE TILE & MARBLE

154 SANTA CLARA AVE
Mountain View

Expert Design Builders

976 23rd Ave
Oakland

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Fiato & Associates

1597 De Anza Way
San Jose

Fix It Guys

1435
Vallejo

FIXRPRO

Hayward

Fonseca Marble & Tile, INc.

1845 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco

G R Dahl Construction

814 Debra St
Livermore

GALLERY OF TILE AND STONE

500 Cathedral Dr
Aptos

Generation Builders

P.O. Box 23
Riverbank

Ginsburg Construction

221 Martin Dr.
Aptos

Gloworm Constructoin

1331 Liberty St
El Cerrito

HARRELL REMODELING

1954 OLD MIDDLEFIELD WAY
Mountain View

Heritage Marble & Tile Inc

PO Box 2164
Mill Valley

Horizon Tile Inc

2420 Maine Ave
Richmond

Hudson Street Design of Marin

3773 Redwood Highway
San Rafael

IDEAL TILE

1230 De Haro Street
San Francisco

Innovative Tile Concepts

765B McGlincy Lane
Campbell

InSequent

793 Broadway
Sonoma

James Custom Tile

2260 Kathleen Dr
Napa

jay jones tile company

234 Correas St
Half Moon Bay

JIM FORDE MASONRY

140 QUAIL HOLLOW DR
San Jose

LA RENAISSANCE BUILDERS INC

1061 BELL MARIN KEYS
Novato

Nationwide Secure inc.

3215 Calhoun Ct
Antioch

Nicely Done

1800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Fairfax

Norcal Painting & Remodeling

Montgomery Ave
San Bruno

O & M Marinovich Masonry INC.

1261 Bretmoor Way
San Jose

OBRIENBUILDING

5377 old san jose rd
Soquel

Roman Tile Co.

San Francisco

Shaker Construction, Inc.

95 Harbor Master Rd
South San Francisco

Strongwall Construction

3151 San Luis Rey Ave
San Jose

The Handyman Can of Marin

1709 Center Rd
Novato

TILE BY GILE

25 Fountainhead Ct
Martinez

TILE DOCTOR

2521 HARRISON
San Francisco

Tile Masters

Kilconnell dr
Elk Grove

Tile Tech

San Francisco

TOOL TIME HOME IMPROVEMENT

18165 CONSTITUTION AVENUE
Los Gatos

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Valley Plumbing Home Center, Inc

272 Rose Ave
Pleasanton

Visionary Builders

1007 B West College
Santa Rosa

Wadsworth Glass Inc

3927 San Pablo Dam Rd
El Sobrante

WALTER BERNHARDT PLUMBING

2727 39TH AVE
San Francisco

Weiss Bros Tile

Los Gatos

William Bailey, General Contractor

264 Merganser Drive
Oakley

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