What Should You Do If Your Bathroom Mirror Breaks
Of all the mirrors in a home, the bathroom mirror is probably the most important. Can you imagine getting ready in the morning without one? If your bathroom mirror is broken or damaged, don’t panic, call a glass glazing company to learn about the best repair and replacement options.
Can I Fix a Broken Mirror Myself?
The short answer is probably not. In fact, you could make the damage worse by trying. Whether it’s a small crack or more obvious damage, resist the urge to repair the break yourself. Mirror glass is extremely sharp. Even smooth-looking shards can cause painful cuts. Do not try to remove the mirror. For safety, carefully sweep up any loose bits and place them in a container just in case they are needed later. Take a close-up photo of the damage and one of the entire mirror. Some good visual images will help a professional glazer assess the damage and advise you on how to proceed before scheduling an on-site visit.
When is it Time to Call a Glass Glazing Company?
A broken mirror may seem like a lost cause, but an experienced professional has the knowledge and the equipment to recommend a treatment plan. If the damage is minor, such as a hairline crack, the mirror may be restorable. But if the breakage is more serious, replacement will probably be recommended.
A standard off-the-shelf mirror may not require the services of a highly trained professional, but repairing/replacing a custom or heirloom mirror is a more complex project. Remember, repair involves more than just the glass itself. The frame and surrounding tile, or drywall, may also be affected. If the piece has special sentimental value, take heart. A professional contractor may offer restoration options you hadn’t considered.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions before hiring a glazier. A reputable company with experienced contractors will be happy to provide the information you need. Here are a few to get you started:
- Have you ever repaired/replaced a mirror like mine before?
- Does your company guarantee their work?
- Are you a licensed glazier?
- How many years of experience do you have in the field?
- What kind of warranty does your company offer?
Replacements and Upgrades
Sometimes an accident turns out to be a positive experience. If your broken mirror needs to be replaced, it’s a perfect time to upgrade. Mirrors are not only functional, their reflection adds light and a sense of space to a room. Placement and size of the mirror can make an enormous impact on the overall aesthetic of the space. The mirror itself can become a focal point by selecting an interesting shape or updating the frame. The advice and expertise of a reputable glass company can help you turn a broken mirror into a better room.
If you’ve been living with a cracked or damaged mirror because you weren’t sure what to do about it, contact Desert Empire Mirror & Glass. We are a family-owned glazing company and specialize in custom glass and mirrors. Our friendly staff is here to help.