Skip to Content Top

Understanding the Custom Glass Installation Process

Glass is an interesting material. It can bring in natural light, give the illusion of space and even keep your home warm. Most modern homes feature glass walls, railings, and showers. Custom glass may be the way to go if you’re looking for something specific to add to your home.

Glass installation companies can help you get the proper measurements, source materials, install your glass and keep it protected. Before booking a glass installation company, you should familiarize yourself with the custom glass installation process to know what to look for. Here is everything you need to know.

1. Virtual Showroom

To introduce you to their company and their best work, glass companies will start by providing access to their virtual showroom. This allows customers to get an idea of what their products look like in scale.

Virtual showrooms are also a great way jumpstart the design consultation with guidance from an expert. Note those you like so you can bring them up later for additional questions. You might also want to research more on what kinds of glass the company can get for you.

Various types of glass are available depending on what you need to install. For instance, if you’re looking to install a decorative or wall mirror, you’ll have to choose from plane, concave, or convex. If you want to install a glass door, there’s insulated, laminated, tempered, sandblasted, and more.

2. Measure

During your consultation, the design consultant will work with you to assess the space to determine the project’s area relative to the type of project you wish to have completed. Custom glass installations may be more expensive than off-the-shelf glass, depending on the size and scope of your project, so you’ll want your measurements to be accurate.

Fortunately, reputable glass companies offer measuring services that ensure you get the correct sizes. This way, you also avoid making adjustments that will cost you more money.

3. Order the Products

Once measurements are finalized, your glass installer will provide you with a detailed quote that shows what materials and processes will be used, along with other details like the size, project duration, estimated date of delivery, and more.

Go over this thoroughly, ask questions if you need to, and proceed with the order when sure. Your vendor will then source the best glass and materials to fulfill your installation project.

4. Delivery

Depending on your chosen company, a custom glass product could take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks.

5. Ultra Ice Pro Application

Once your glass product arrives from suppliers, your glass installer will inspect it for any damages or other issues. As part of this process, your glass company will double-check all the measurements against the information from the estimate for accuracy.

Since custom glass is an investment, you’ll want to ensure that it’s protected and lasts a long time. Glass is prone to breakage and is also vulnerable to deterioration from dirt and oil from our fingers.

Gatsby Glass has a service called Ultra Ice Pro that helps make sure that your glass surfaces will always be protected and easy to clean. It’s a four-step process that starts with a solution to remove oily fingerprints, silica dust, petroleum, and distillates. It protects the glass against dirt, corrosion, oxidation, and water stains.

6. Schedule the Install

Most shower door installations will take roughly one – three hours while larger more custom projects can take several days. It depends on the scale and complexity of your project.

Custom installations take time, so plan for the glass installation team to come on a day when your space is free. This way, they can get the job done faster.

7. Installation

On installation day, the glass company you choose will bring over all necessary materials and double-check your space. You can stay in the area to approve questions, but it’s best to give them some space to do their job.

After they’ve set the glass in place, make sure to go over every detail with the team. They should check the alignment using a spirit level as well as test all of the hardware functionality.

8. Client Experience

Once the glass installation is complete, the company will follow up with you to see how everything went. Don’t forget to mention any concerns so they can address them. Any positive comments also help the group identify its strengths.

9. Technology

Even the most intricate glass installations are now possible, thanks to technology. These days, glass can be used in several ways to elevate a room’s aesthetics or even your home’s resale value.

Call Gatsby Glass at 866-GLASS-64 today to learn more about custom glass installations.