The 3 Keys to Hiring a Glass Contractor


There are three important keys to hiring a glass contractor. Trust is the first key and should always be your number one priority. Find a company with a good reputation that you can rely on to do the job right. Check online reviews, like those at, get recommendations from friends, or search for the company in your local phone book or Yellow Pages.


Standards second key is certification by recognized authorities such as IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials). This organization seeks to minimize risks of injury and/or damage associated with plumbing installations among other things by providing credible certifications through its Authorized Testing Organizations (ATOs). If a contractor uses only IAPMO-certified products, chances are high that he or she will do a top-notch job for you if you need glass shower door installation.


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides a number of product certifications that can be used by manufacturers, importers and retailers in the United States. Your contractor needs to show the warranty certificate and make sure it’s ANSI certified to ensure your product complies with all applicable codes and standards.


A third key is a company that can provide free or low cost estimates. A good glass contractor will offer a free estimate, and if possible with a price range for the work, as well as other options. Do your homework here, and don’t be afraid to ask for references. Make sure the company can provide a copy of its liability insurance including the policy number.


It pays to do your research before choosing a glass contractor. Once you have learned about and selected an appropriate company the next step is getting your windows replaced or repaired. You’ll need to communicate with the contractor precisely what you want done and provide as much information as possible about the project. Helpful details include measurements, window types, dimensions in feet and inches or metric, window or door styles and wood stains if applicable.


The contractor will ask you for the project description sheet (PD sheet) which lists all of your windows and door openings. The contractor will then make a list of the work to be done, which should include when and how you desire the work performed and a price quote. If no quotation is given, pick up items not on the list, such as hinges, screens or seals.


Be sure to confirm that all materials are included in the estimates. If not, call back, again without being difficult because you have found a good contractor who is working with you to serve you well and wants to help.


If you do your homework and employ the proper key to hiring a glass contractor, you’ll want to pay attention to the workmanship because it will last and will be reliable.



If you are in need of a glass contractor for your next big project, be sure to keep these keys in mind. There are many choices available today, but some companies just aren’t willing to provide the service and quality you need. Do a little research and you will be sure to find the right company for your needs. 


Norman Dixon

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