How Much Does It Cost to Cut Glass?

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Custom cut glass allows you to choose the size, type, edgework, thickness and shape.

Whether it’s for a customized glass table top, mirror, shelf or as a replacement for cracked glass, the costs will vary based on the factors mentioned above.

Roofing glass by warrenski, on Flickr
Roofing glass” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by warrenski

How much does custom cut glass cost?

The costs to have a professional cut glass can be anywhere from as little as $2 to more than $25 per square foot.  As mentioned, the costs will greatly depend on the thickness, the type of glass and the company you choose.

We talked with a few glass companies online and were able to receive quite a few estimates, which we included in our table below.

Type of GlassDescriptionAverage Cost (per square foot)
AnnealedOften used in smaller spaces. It won't shatter into smaller pieces, but if broken, it can produce larger shards.$20
CeramicAble to withstand high temperatures and are often used near fireplaces, labs and stoves. This glass won't shatter, but if broken, it will crack into larger shards.$56
LaminateOften used in situations for security purposes. This glass can hold together very well, even when shattered.$30
MirrorMirror glass, as the name implies, will be the glass your mirror is made from.$20
Shower DoorOften 3/8 to a half of an inch, shower door glass is similar to tempered glass.$200
TemperedUsed most often as shelving, fireplaces and some table tops. It can break into small pieces if dropped.$20
Tempered Dual PaneConsists of two panes of tempered glass that's separated by a spacer. This type of glass is almost always used with residential windows.$42
Tempered LaminateA blend between tempered and laminate glass, tempered laminate offers the strength and durability to keep it held together in case of breakage. Often used in overhead applications.$100

NOTE:  These price ranges apply to a very simple customized cut job, but this average can drastically drop per square foot if you require more than one square foot.  If you were to alter the shape, aside from a basic square, the costs could increase.  The same could be said about increasing the thickness, modifying the edgework, changing the glass tint and/or drilling holes.  Also, most retailers will have a minimum order requirement before they

On this forum thread, members discussed what it would possibly cost to cut a customized piece of glass for a wood table.  According to the responses, most said it could cost anywhere from $30 to $75 for the job.

Cutting glass overview

When customizing, a glass cutting service, before they are able to offer a quote, will want to know which type of shape best describes your glass, the measurements, the thickness, glass tint color, the edgework, if you require a logo and if you need any holes drilled or cut out.

Refer to our table below to see what your options commonly are when customizing:

Color of the Glass- Bronze
- Clear
- Dark Grey
- Frosted GlueChip
- Light Grey
- Mistlite
- P-516
- Satin Etch
- Solex
Corners- Clip/Polished (corners are cut down to a 45-degree angle)
- Eased (sharp edges are sanded down)
- Radius/Polished (cut down to create a round appearance)
Edges- Beveled Polished
- Flat Polished
- Ogee Polished
- Pencil Polished
- Seamed
Shapes Commonly Available- Arch
- Circle
- Clipped Corners
- Ellipse
- Half Circle
- Hexagon
- Octagon
- Oval
- Parallelogram
- Pentagon
- Right Triangle
- Rounded Corners
- Square
- Trapezoid
- Trinagle
Thickness Options (greatly depends on the type of glass)- 1/8"
- 5/32"
- 3/16"
- 1/4"
- 3/8"
- 1/2"

Typically, most jobs, depending on how busy the shop, will take five to seven business days to complete.

What are the extra costs?

Polishing the edges, once the glass has been cut, can be an additional cost.

The same can be said about drilling holes.  Each hole that needs to be drilled can cost close to $20 to $30 each, on average.

How can I save money?

Call a few local glass dealers and even check with online retailers as well to see who can offer you the best price.  While you don’t solely want to focus on the price, be sure to pay close attention to their reputation, the reviews from past customers and the options they can offer when creating your new custom glass piece.

You can cut your own glass at home, but these tools are recommended for smaller glass projects.  Popular tools on often cost less than $15.

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