In the Caribbean, hurricanes are a regular occurrence 2 or 3 times as year. Normally I am the one neighbor who is always prepared and has all the windows protected and ready to go. I tend to stock up as much food in the house and make items like soup that can help my family and I hold out for those long periods without a stove for cooking. During the power outages, the house gets hot so easily because you the windows are all bordered shut and the candles lights emanate a slow burning heat. In any case, this hurricane season I did my regular preparation and hoped for the best; however this time around I wasn’t so lucky. I was fortunate to be alive but the hurricane took a toll own my car and house. In the yard on the branches fell on the car window and smashed it open. The same tree fell along the side window and the back of the house and hit the wood covering so hard that the window broke. Thankfully I had used a glazier before and asked him to take a look at the damage. I am so glad that I requested his help; he fixed these items beautifully and helped me recover quickly from a stressful situation. Here are a few reasons I am glad I got a professional glazier.
Patch instead of replace – When I initially saw the damage I thought there is now way I can afford this. There was a huge break in the window and it seemedimpossible to repair. However once my glazier got it he assured me that this was any easy fix. Instead of replacing the whole window he cut of the area that was damaged and patched the remaining glass to fit the area. It looked like brand new; you would never have been able to tell that it was damage before. He was very knowledgeable about the type of glass used and was able to source them for me at a reasonable price. Overall I benefitted hugely from having someone who was knowledgeable about the area.
Double glazing–The glazier recommended to be that I considered double glazing the window because of its closeness to the exterior. He mentioned that this could make it less susceptible to damage in the future. The window that I have is also facing the exterior making it easy for persons to see from the outside. He suggested that I should consider getting a tint for the window to prevent easy viewing or also get a grilled fence to cover the window form the outside.
Money Saving – Initially when I saw the damage I considered replacing the window myself. However because of its proximity to the exterior I did not want to risk not having it properly done. I feared that I did a shoddy job it mayput me at risk from being penetrated from outsiders. Looking back on it I am happy that I chose a glazier. He had all the tools already purchased quickly and efficiently made the repairs that I needed. It would have taken me days to complete this task to look half as well as it did. Instead of spending money to by glazing tools that I was unlikely to use again I was able to benefit from the usage of his own materials.
Peace of mind – I know some of you may say this is not a big deal, but to me it is. Going through a hurricane can be draining. There are all these little damages that need to be repaired or fixed, and eventually the costs add up. I thought that spending the money on a professional glazier was a splurge. However looking back on it now it was the best idea in the long run because it gave me peace of mind. Having to cover up the window with a bag was such an eyesore, not to mention it was a huge security risk. I couldn’t sleep comfortably at night knowing that my house could be so easily broken into. Not only that but with all the other things on my mind to get back to normal after the hurricane, I felt like I had no energy to focus on the glass repair. Having the glazier fix it quickly and efficiently was well worth the extra money spent. The area of the damage was also particularlydifficult to repair because it was enclosed by a wooden frame. I felt that getting a professional to handle the repair was a better investment for me
Glazing is a skill that is best left to the professional. It can be hard to figure out where to find a trustworthy glazier. First ask yourself what are your glazing needs. Does the glass area have a special design? How large is the area that needs to be glazed? Does it require a specific type of glass? Also you may want to think about your budget and how much you are willing to spend. It can de difficult trying to figure out how much to budget for a glazier. What I would recommend is shopping around and getting quotes from glaziers. Tell them what you need to get completed and get an estimate for the job. Also take the time out to evaluate the quality of their customer service. Do they take time to understand your problem or are they rushing to get started? Some glaziers have specific experience in certain areas and to be honest may not be the best option for home repairs. Be willing to do your research before choosing one. Be sure to ask them if you can contact past customers for reviews. If they are confident in their work they will have no problem giving you this information. Getting a glazier is often the hardest part, but when your glazing needs are done professionally it can make all the difference in the world.