How Much Does It Cost to Cut Glass?
Glass cutting is a type of service that many homeowners and businesses look to when faced with the task of installing custom-cut glass countertops, glass shelves, or custom windows. With several glass designs and cutting options and finishes from which you can choose, finding the right glass cut and the appropriate size is possible. The key is to find a professional glass cutter who has the experience and the skills needed to accomplish a glass cutting order.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of cutting glass is usually going to range from as little as $1 to as much as $25 per square foot. However, these costs can go up if the glass is going to be used for countertops. Most pieces that can be held in your hand can be cut for less than $5 at many hardware stores.
- At NW Concrete Interiors, which services Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan as well as Oregon and Washington, the price of glass countertops can range from about $125 to $300 per square feet, including cut-outs, and edge treatments. Costs will vary depending on design specifications.
- Round glass table tops at Dulles Glass & Mirror, which services Virginia and Maryland, cost $58.58 to $175.95. The following options are offered:
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 1/4″ Thick, Beveled Edge, Tempered Glass – $58.58
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 1/4″ Thick, Flat Polish Edge, Tempered Glass – $65.95
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 1/2″ Thick, Beveled Edge, Annealed Glass – $87.95
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 1/2″ Thick, Flat Polish Edge – $87.95
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 3/8″ Thick, Beveled Edge, Tempered Glass – $90.33
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 3/8″ Thick, Pencil Polish Edge, Tempered Glass – $93.45
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 3/8″ Thick, Flat Polish Edge, Tempered Glass – $94.67
- 30″ Round Glass Table Top, 3/4″ Thick, Beveled Edge, Annealed Glass – $175.95
- At GlassCages, located about 30 miles west of Nashville, TN, offers the following custom size cut sheets of glass are offered:
- .100 plate glass 2.5 mm, Regular Plate Glass – $1 per square foot;
- 1/8 Plate Glass 3mm, Regular Plate Glass – $1 per square foot
- ¼ Plate Glass 6mm, Regular Plate Glass – $3 per square foot
- 3/8 Plate Glass 10mm, Regular Plate Glass – $6 per square foot
- ½ Plate Glass 12mm, Regular Plate Glass – $9 per square foot
- 1/4 LIG Starphire Low Iron Glass – $10 per square foot
- 3/8 LIG Starphire Low Iron Glass – $12 per square foot
- ½ LIG Starphire Low Iron Glass – $15 per square foot
- 3/4 Plate Glass Regular Plate Glass – $21 per square foot
- 3/4 LIG Starphire Low Iron Glass – $32 per square foot
What is going to be included?
- Glass comes in different types. These include acrylic glass, polycarbonate glass, laminated glass, tempered glass, insulated window glass, and beveled glass. It can also come in clear glass, low iron glass, frosted glass, bronze glass and grey glass.
- Different edge works are also provided: seamed edge, flat polish edge, pencil polish edge, and beveled polish edge. Multiple shapes are also available, including rectangular, square, circle, oval, boat, triangle, trapezoid, parallelogram, pentagon, hexagon, octagon and others. Custom shapes are likewise offered. When ordering a special shape, the provider will usually need a drawing or diagram of the shape. A pattern will also be necessary before the glass can be cut.
What are the extra costs?
- Most providers have a range of shapes for custom glass. For special orders and requests not specified in the provider’s offerings, customers will have to pay extra charges for the customizations. Charges may depend on the size of the order and number of hours needed to work on it.
- Any project that entails high-precision and intricate cutting usually requires an additional cutting fee.
- Do-it-yourselfers planning to install custom glass themselves should consider getting mirror adhesives such as mirror mastic and mirror mastic glue. The adhesive can cost about $13 to $20 each depending on the brand and size.
Factors that influence the price:
- Customizations. There are various designs and specifications available from which the customers can choose. For custom orders, many professional glass cutters will usually charge per square foot. The more intricate the design, the higher the cost will be. More customizations will naturally mean added fees.
- Special glass treatments. Custom glass ordered with special features and treatments like UV glass or insulative glass can bring up the total costs.
- Shipping. At some professional glass cutters, shipping can be costly due to the fragile nature of glass. Some providers even pack orders by hand to make sure the glass arrives in good condition. Items usually used in packaging glass include corrugated cardboard, cork buttons, Styrofoam, Styrofoam peanuts, or recycled fill.
Tips to know:
- Ask about the warranty for the custom cut glass order. Some providers offer a one-year limited warranty against manufacturing defect.
- Find a professional glass cutter that has been in the business for years. Their experience and skills are very helpful if you have projects that require a lot of customizations and intricate designs. The company should be able to provide custom glass services for tabletops, countertops, display cases, picture frames, mirrors, shelves, decorative panels and fixtures, and others.
- Highly skilled glass cutters are typically able to cut large panes down to a customer’s specification, deal with glass fabrication of various shapes, drill holes and cut notches as required, and finish the task with the perfect edge style.
- Many local hardware stores such as Ace and Lowe’s will cost glass for a low price, especially if you purchase the glass from them in the first place.
How can I save money?
- Take advantage of free online quotes provided by most professional glass cutters. This can help you find the most affordable quotation for your project. If you do not know where to turn when it comes to quotes, consider getting multiple quotes from services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- Find glass cutters that offer free shipping on all custom products. Custom glass can be costly, so free shipping for such orders can help cut down on overall costs.
- Promo codes are also available at some glass cutters. These specials offer up to 10% discounts at checkout with the use of a specified promo code.