A mirror is a great way to modernize your space, create an elegant accent, and of course, help you with that last little bit of confidence you need before you run out the door. Mirrors can truly enhance your home by highlighting natural beams of sunlight streaming through your window and can even make a room feel more spacious. But what about when one breaks?
Mirror replacement is necessary due to a variety of reasons ranging from regular wear and tear to shattered glass from a fall. Knowing when you need a replacement and how to go about it in Tukwila, WA will help save you from any physical injuries, expensive repairs or an unkempt aesthetic. We’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know to prepare for the process, along with two ways you can replace your mirror in Tukwila.
When To Repair Vs. When To Replace A Mirror
Sometimes you can get away with a more affordable repair if the damage is incredibly minor, but oftentimes, it’s smarter in the long run to do a full replacement.
If your mirror has a crack, the chances of the crack increasing are high. This problem will eventually damage the entire mirror, so your best option is to replace the full mirror.
If your frame has started to warp or has other exterior damage, the frame can be fixed or replaced. As long as the glass is in good condition, you may be able to salvage it and install it over the new mirror. However, this is a process best left up to professionals.
If you look in the mirror and your image is distorted, the best option is to replace it fully because this is a sign the glass has worn down.
If there are dark spots on the mirror, a replacement is also best. These dark spots are called “de-silvering.” De-silvering is the process of the backing lifting off the surface or wearing away. Silver is used in mirror production and after some time, the silver wears out and results in dark spots. There are two main culprits when it comes to de-silvering: excessive water and rough cleaning agents.
Water is the main culprit in de-silvering. If you find yourself consistently splashing your mirror with water, it can de-silver over time. Constant humidity and steam from hot showers can also lead to this. The bathroom mirror is a hot spot for de-silvering due to the constant change in humidity levels and splashing water that comes from face washing, brushing teeth, and washing your hands.
If you often clean your mirror with hard cleaning agents, dark spots from de-silvering can appear faster. It often happens from using ammonia-based cleaners or constantly exposing your mirror to a damp rag. Unfortunately, there’s no fix or reversing the spots, so a replacement is necessary.
What To Know Before Replacing A Mirror
First, you need to determine if you want to keep your frame. Some people choose to keep a frame due to its historical significance or aesthetic style. Or, you can choose an entirely new mirror that includes both glass and the frame.
Next, you’ll need to measure the size of the glass needed. Be as precise and accurate as possible if you are deciding to keep your old frame to ensure you don’t deal with inaccurate sizing, product reorders or delays.
Lastly, do your research and select the best manufacturer that meets your needs, style and budget. You also need to decide what replacement process is best for you and your project. There are two routes you can take when it comes time to choose.
Replacement Option 1: DIY
While you can DIY a mirror replacement, we suggest leaving this process to the professionals. But if you choose to tackle this on your own, it’s important to follow proper steps for safety and accuracy purposes.
If you decide to replace the glass and keep the frame, you’ll want to place your mirror frame face down and remove the frame clips that hold the backing and mirror in place. Lift out the backing (usually made of particle board) and remove the old mirror. Make sure you wear protective gloves and safety goggles to avoid getting cut.
If you have a standard-sized mirror, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a glass replacement. If you have an odd-shaped frame, measure the sizing and visit a frame shop to have a mirror cut to the right size. You’ll probably be charged for the “block size” of the mirror blank that will need to be cut to fit and an extra charge for accommodating the intricate shape with a “swiping” fee to have the sharp edges smoothed on a belt sander.
If your mirror comes with a protective covering, remove it and set the new mirror in the frame, face down. Replace the backing material and decipher if you need to add any more cardboard or particleboard to the back because mirrors come in different thicknesses. Replace the frame clips, and you have a new mirror secured in place.
If your glass is broken or cracked, doing it yourself can result in further damage or physical injuries. It’s a complicated process and everything needs to be measured and completed perfectly to have a final product that lasts. Replacing a mirror is best left up to professionals, which leads us to your second option.
Replacement Option 2: Professional & Custom Mirror Solutions
King County Window & Glass can provide you with a custom mirror solution and installation for whatever project you can imagine — from a bathroom remodel to a gym renovation to a dance studio redesign, you can rely on our team to get the job done right.
When dealing with a broken mirror, you don’t want to wait around. We carry the best, most reliable brands and offer competitive prices on installation, so you can get your material and installation in one spot, instead of having to deal with multiple companies.
When working with us, you’ll get a quote including the price and timeline within two business days. We’re local, affordable and ready to assist you every step of the way.
On top of mirror replacement, we also offer a wide range of door, window, shower and skylight repairs and replacements. From replacing interior and exterior sliding and french doors to upgrading skylights to replacing glass in your windows, we cover it all. No job is too big or too small for our knowledgeable, friendly team of professionals.
Check out our array of solutions and ask for a quote today. If you have any questions about the best solution for your mirror project in Tukwila, WA, contact us. We have the products and advice you need to make the right choice for you and your family.