While many of us glance into them several times each day, few of us really give mirrors much thought. Although today’s silvered glass mirrors first emerged some 200 years ago, these beautifully practical objects have existed for thousands of years.
As excellent reflectors, mirrors have been used in all manner of applications. They masterfully create the illusion of space, add light, and even reflect views. They can be single-way, two-way, flat, and curved. For decorative purposes, their scale and size add drama, while recent innovations such as magnification and illumination add to their usefulness.
If you are in the market for a new mirror, there is plenty to consider. As well as basics such as shape and size, frame design, colour and mirror type also need to be explored. Moreover, those looking for heavy-duty applications will have further factors such as material standards to keep in mind.
Then there is the matter of installation. Whether you require a single bathroom mirror or a walled commercial space, your best bet is to turn to an expert. The best mirror installers are qualified and experienced glaziers, skilled at safe and secure fittings. For the best mirror installers in the Canberra region, read on below.
What makes a great mirror installer?
Great mirror installers design, supply and install high-quality Australian-made mirrors, customised to fit your space flawlessly. Here is what we think separates the best from the rest:
- Qualified and experienced. If quality is your priority, look for a qualified and experienced glazier. Consider operators who have been in business for several years, having dealt with all manner of mirror installations. Furthermore, as glaziers need not be licensed within the ACT, evaluating their credentials is particularly important. Look for a Certificate III qualification in glass and glazing and a master glazier accreditation from the Australian Glass and Window Association. Finally, ensure your glazier is fully insured and working under the supervision of, or as, a licensed builder.
- Choice. There is more to mirrors than first meets the eye. With a plethora of applications, mirrors can be used in almost any space. When it comes to selecting your installer, look for one that delivers choice. Consider things such as thickness, colours, edgework and framing. Also, reflect on specific mirror requirements and match your needs accordingly.
- Made-to-measure. While off-the-shelf mirror products are everywhere, great installers offer made-to-measure services. These experienced glaziers can design, supply and install all manner of shapes, styles and sizes. Custom-made solutions are particularly advantageous when it comes to mirrored splashbacks, specialty mirrors and bespoke sizes.
- Professional installation. Great mirror installers are consummate professionals. Meticulous about details, they strive to ensure that all mirrors are installed safely and securely. They go the extra mile to ensure items are installed at the right height and done so using appropriate tools of the trade. Tidy, swift and seamless, the best mirror installers remove the stress from your next project.
- Warranties and after-care. Great mirror installers support warranties offered by manufacturers and guarantee the quality of installation. And, as damaged mirrors generally require a full replacement, keep an eye out for installers with emergency services as well. Finally, be sure to review warranty terms and conditions, including how and where to make a claim should the need arise.
The best mirror installers 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 maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
With over twenty-five years in business, Monaro Screens, have built an enviable reputation as one of the regional business communities most iconic names. From humble beginnings, power couple Dave and Deirdre Byatt have nurtured this local gem into one of Canberra’s leading mirror providers.
Monaro Screens specialised services focus on the design, manufacture, and installation of made-to-measure screening products. Their services encompass both internal and external needs, with functional product solutions to suit every home and style.
Be it mirrors, splash backs, shower, or retractable screens they have your needs covered. When it comes to security, Monaro Screens are also one of a handful of authorised and licensed Crimsafe suppliers.
When it comes to mirrors, the team offer an array of made-to-measure options in various decorator edges and framing alternatives suited for all purposes and environments. From functional mirrors in bathrooms and bedrooms, through to space expanding wall mirrors, and light enhancing solutions for small spaces they have it covered. Importantly, Monaro Screens offers mirror solutions to suit both residential and commercial applications accordingly.
What really sets Monaro Screens apart is their relentless push for delivering quality customer outcomes. From providing a flexible range of mirror products, to prioritising local materials, and adhering to Australian standards, this ethos holds true across all aspects of their operation.
Centrally located in Fyshwick, the hub of Canberra’s industrial heart, stands Monaro Screen’s fit for purpose showroom and manufacturing facility. Open Monday to Saturday it is the perfect way to explore their extensive range of mirror solutions first-hand. For showstopping mirror solutions look no further than Monaro Screens.
Darren Beauchamp shared this wonderful experience with the team on Google, “As an owner builder for an extension to my house I was really impressed with Monaro Screens. With a requirement for a large single pane shower screen, large mirror, and glass shelves in two shower niches, nothing was too much trouble. They were quick to measure up, delivered and installed amazingly quickly and the job is outstanding.”
With over three decades in business, Discount Glass have earnt a glowing reputation for their glazing services. Their team of qualified glaziers apply years of knowledge and experience to offer the best solution, be it planned or emergency, residential or commercial.
Discount Glass specialise in designing, supplying, and installing stunning mirror solutions for various needs. Be it bathrooms, cupboards, dance studios, or side and rear vehicle mirrors they have it covered.
As Chris Althaus stated on Google, “I wanted an unusually shaped large entry foyer wall to be mirrored. Discount Glass were prompt, helpful, competitively priced, professional, and very easy to deal with.”
Glass and glazing specialists, Value Glass, come highly reviewed and recommended by past clients. Their team of certified, licensed, and insured glaziers offer emergency replacements and new installations alike.
Value Glass are committed to providing the best quality products at competitive prices and strive to meet customer expectations every time. Offering a range of framed and frameless mirror styles they are a great choice.
Chris Phillips shared this review on Google, “Amazing professionalism and service. Quick response time, turned up on time to do job and completed everything to a very high standard. Would highly recommend and definitely would use again.”
With over fifty years in business EW Glass presents a team of highly experienced glaziers, specialising in the design, supply, and install of quality glass solutions. Their range of unique yet functional mirrors are both modern and classic in design.
From decorative and observation mirrors through to diffused light and environmentally friendly options they have it covered. Moreover, EW Glass are also trusted suppliers of Viridian mirror products.
Sione Taufui shared this sentiment on Google, “Great customer service…. to get some mirrors cut to size. They were very helpful on-site and made some available time for me to pop over to have mirrors cut. Most definitely will be using them in near future for projects.”
Founded in 1959, Mitchell’s Glass Works remains a family run local business specialising in glass products for homes and businesses. With three local factories and a team of qualified glaziers, they offer a wide array of glass services.
When it comes to mirrors, Mitchell’s Glass Works offer a wide range of custom-made products that can be suited to any style or space. With a range of edging alternatives, sizes, shapes, and framing options they are a great choice.
Simon Passfield shared this review on Google, “Really happy, they listened to our requirements and came through with a solution that looks amazing. Proper service and value.”
For further glass service providers, see our article on the best glaziers in Canberra. If you are considering other home enhancements, perhaps our article on the best bathroom renovation companies, the best tilers, or the best plumbers may also be of interest.
Your experience with mirror installers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I differentiate between a low-quality and high-quality mirror?
Not all mirrors are created equally! To identify better-quality options, pay attention to glass purity, surface flatness, mirror thickness, and whether an edge sealant has been used. Quality selections are particularly important as they offer a better reflective surface – and a true reflection. Speak to your local installer to find out more.
Are mirrors available in colours other than clear?
Yes! Mirrors are generally available in a range of tint colours, providing a different effect from a traditional clear finish. Common colours include black, silver, bronze and grey. To explore these options, or to consider others, contact your local mirror installer.
Can I use a mirror as a kitchen splashback?
In short, yes! The catch is that it must adhere to safety glass regulation. Given the nature of the kitchen environment and mirrored splashbacks' predisposition to intense heat and steam, they must be made of toughened safety glass. Toughened glass is generally heat, moisture and vapour resistant and is available in a range of colour options. Additional protective measures such as fire-resistant boarding may also be required, so be sure to consult your installer to find out more.
What is the best thickness for a mirror wall?
Due to their large size, mirror walls are often installed using 6mm-thick product. While the most common thicknesses are 4mm and 6mm, the latter is recommended in these types of installations as they are slightly more sturdy and less likely to bend over large surface areas.