Considerations When Looking For Replacement Glass Table Tops

by GuestPoster on October 12, 2011

Something was dropped on your brand new glass table top, causing it to shatter into a million pieces. It’s a total loss, and now, you’re trying to figure out what to do next. You have already decided that the table top must be replaced, and your search for a replacement glass table top begins today. This article will discuss of the primary considerations that you should be taking into account when looking for replacement glass table tops.

The first thing that you should probably do is see if your table top came with a warranty, considering that it wasn’t that long ago that you bought it. If the table top is covered by the warranty, then you might get the top replaced free of charge. If the table top is not covered by a warranty, and it is expensive, then you may want to see if it is covered by your homeowners or renters insurance policy. You might end up with a new table top that doesn’t cost you a dime.

If neither of those two situations applies, then you’re probably on your own when it comes to buying a new table top. One of the first things to consider when shopping for replacement glass table tops is the thickness of the glass. Thicker glass will stand up much more to the type of abuse that destroyed your table top. If your old table top was 3/8″ thick, then you may want to consider 1/2″ or 5/8″ thick glass for your new table top.

You need to consider the kind of glass as well. If your old desk broke into a million pieces, then it was probably made out of tempered glass, which is designed to shatter into small pieces so that people aren’t hurt by flying shards of glass. You may want to consider having your desk made out of laminated glass, which consists of a layer of vinyl that is sandwiched between two layers of glass. This will improve the structural integrity of your table top and help to hold the table top together in the event that it does break, giving you some hope that the break might be repaired.

You also need to consider the size and shape of your new table top. The shape is a matter of personal preference more than anything else. The same thing is true when it comes to the color of your table top. When determining the size, make sure that the glass table top is no bigger than twice the size of the underlying base. Otherwise, it may become unstable and fall off of the table. Of course, if you’re getting the table top for something like an l shaped computer desk, then it’s not as much of a concern, as you’re going to get it made to the exact dimensions as the old table top.

You need to consider the cost of the replacement table top versus what you can afford to buy. Stained glass table tops with special designs, beveled glass, and table tops with specialty coatings all increase the cost of the table top. Before you buy, you may want to research the place where you are thinking about buying your new table top. Look on the internet, and visit the website of the local chapter of the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints regarding this glass shop. You can also talk to anyone you know who recently purchased a glass table top.

Cost, the type of glass, thickness of the glass, reputation of the dealer, size, and shape are just a few of the many considerations that you should take into account when looking for a replacement glass table top. If you give careful consideration to each of those listed above, you should be able to get a quality glass table top that will suit your needs.

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