Cutting and installing glass is tricky business. If you’ve ever needed glasswork done at your property, you’ll appreciate the need to use a top-quality, fully qualified glazier.
A glazier is a master of all things glass. They’re skilled at cutting, installing, repairing, and removing glass and glass substitutes from windows, doors, skylights, interior walls, tabletops, and other surfaces and settings. Most deal with splashbacks, double glazing and decorative designs for glass windows. Many glaziers respond to emergency glass removal and repair jobs.
In the ACT, glaziers do not have to hold a trade licence so be careful when selecting someone to handle your glass project.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a glazier, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great glazier?
Choosing the right glazier gives you confidence that your glass has been properly and securely installed. Glaziers are experts at what they do and often need to deal with heights, be patient and work with a steady hand and an exact approach.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a glazier.
- Experience. Immaculate glasswork takes extensive experience. Look for a glazier company that has worked in the business for many years.
- Qualifications. Only use glaziers with the relevant qualifications and a membership in a professional association, like the Australian Glass and Window Association, to make sure you get quality products and services.
- Well priced. You’ll want to choose a quality glazier who charges a fair price. Call a couple of glaziers to determine how much you should expect to pay, bearing in mind that super low quotes might be suspicious.
- Prompt and reliable. Glaziers, like most tradespeople, are busy. If you need your work done sooner rather than later, discuss specific timing with your glazier. They should work to agreed deadlines without cutting corners.
- Insured. You’ll want to engage a financially stable company that is properly insured to give you peace of mind.
The best glaziers in Canberra
Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
With a wealth of knowledge and over 35 years’ combined experience, National Capital Glass is expert at ‘all things glass’. Owner operated and based right here in Canberra, National Capital Glass guarantees great service and detailed, fastidious work.
National Capital Glass services include installing double glazing, splashbacks, mirrors, shower screens, glass pool fencing and glass pet doors. The glass experts at National Capital Glass also offer glass and mirror replacement services.
No job is too small, large or complex for National Capital Glass. They are on hand to provide advice, and walk clients through options, explaining the pros and cons. Every care is taken, from measuring to installation. National Capital Glass is fully insured and works to high safety standards.
Petra Crowe wrote on Google, ‘Very happy with the workmanship and service. Had shower-screen, mirrors, glass shelves and glass balustrade on deck installed. Looks fab.’
Eddie Walewicz Glass has provided superior glazing and glass services to the Canberra region for more than half a century. Family owned and operated, Eddie Walewicz Glass delivers superior results at affordable rates. The company has specialists with expertise in heritage and handcrafted glazing techniques.
Calvin Chan wrote on Google, “Lovely people and amazing customer service. Went there for some custom made glass and professional glass cutting, and they turned out really good. Would definitely come back again …”
Discount Glass has been serving the Canberra region since 1986. Having stood the test of time, Discount Glass guarantees high quality service every time. Specialising in glass replacement with 24/7 emergency replacement services available, the team strives to minimise inconvenience, and deliver the fastest possible service.
As happy customer Jaala Kellam writes in their Google review, “Really fast and affordable service. They carefully replaced the glass in an antique dresser for far less than we were expecting. It was ready much quicker too. Friendly service here as well. Thank you guys!”
Canberra Glaziers specialises in residential and commercial glass, including double glazing, glass balustrades, glass splashbacks and frameless and semi-frameless shower screens. The team also provides window reglazing and window replacement services. Canberra Glaziers is a fully licensed family-owned glass company with more than 13 years of experience.
As David Symington wrote on Google, “The service Lloyd and his team provided was second to none, quick and reliable. Turned up on time and the job was done quickly to a great standard.”
EGlaze Australia has serviced property owners in Canberra and surrounds for more than 15 years. With a versatile set of skills, including all domestic and commercial glass needs, the gazing specialists at EGlaze recommend glass solutions for all needs, including for Canberra’s unique climate.
On Google, Louis Tucker wrote, “Shane from Eglaze erected the glass panelling around my pool. He was very friendly and professional. He turned up on time and was reasonably priced.”
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Your experience with glaziers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if a glazier works to high standards?
Not all glaziers are top professionals who provide quality workmanship and service. You’ll want a glazier with extensive industry experience, good reviews and strong customer testimonials. Search company websites (including for photos of completed projects), ask about years in business and experience in glass projects, and if the glazier is a member of the Australian Glass and Window Association.
Do glaziers need to be licensed in the ACT?
In the ACT, glaziers do not have to hold a trade licence. They must hold a business licence to conduct business. If a glazier is installing windows, doors or other products associated with glazing, they may have to work under the supervision of a licensed building contractor.
How much does it cost to hire a glazier?
This depends on your project and perhaps also the years of experience the glazier has. Remember you’re paying for more than glass materials. You’re paying for the expertise and time of a master tradesperson. If you get a really low price, it might be too good to be true.
Can’t I just replace my own glass, DIY style?
You’ll find loads of information on the Internet about how to fix broken glass or install glass. Consider the danger of working with glass and the consequences of installing or repairing glass incorrectly. With glass, it’s likely better to use a professional glazier.
I have an urgent glass job. Do glaziers handle rush projects?
Many glaziers understand the importance of being highly responsive to urgent jobs. Ask the glazier if they can respond to your urgent glass request on time and ask if there are additional fees for handling this work.