What Should You Do If Your Bathroom Mirror Breaks?
Does your bathroom mirror have a crack or other serious damage? Before the glass shatters, take a look at what you should do immediately after this type of accident happens.
Step Away From the Mirror
Are you tempted to explore and inspect the damage? If you can see a crack, chips, or other issues from a few feet away, stay where you are. While a glass professional will need to know more about the extent of the damage before they repair or replace the mirror, you do not usually need to provide overly detailed information. Instead, step away from the mirror and wait for expert-level help to arrive.
Even though the crack may seem smooth, the damaged glass could cut your hand. If a few shards are on the floor, these smooth-looking chips could also cut the skin — especially if you have bare feet or are only wearing socks.
Call a Glass Contractor
Now that you have walked away from the mirror and are safely away from chips or shards, call for help. Impact cracks (cracks from the force of an object) can easily shatter. If the bathroom mirror is still intact, do not assume it will not shatter if you move it. A glass professional has the knowledge, equipment, and experience to assess the crack and recommend a treatment plan.
If this is your first experience with a glass contractor, choose a professional who has extensive experience with mirror repair and replacement. A standard-sized mirror may not require highly specialized knowledge to repair or replace. But a custom-cut piece of glass will. The contractor should have a verifiable history of high-quality custom cuts and installations.
To find a reputable glass contractor, ask friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or social media community members for referrals. Along with recommendations from people you know, ask potential contractors for references from past customers. Look for specific references that speak to the job you need help with (bathroom mirror repair and replacement).
Decide Whether to Repair or Replace
The decision to repair or replace the bathroom mirror depends on several factors — most notably, the extent of the damage. A shattered or nearly shattered mirror is not a candidate for a repair. The contractor should recommend a full replacement if the impact completely destroyed the glass. But if the crack is small or barely noticeable, a quality repair professional may suggest a restoration.
Along with the extent of the damage, the mirror placement, the potential for future impacts, the frame, and the type or style of mirror may affect the decision to repair or replace this bathroom accent. An heirloom or cherished piece of glass is not always easy to let go. If you are attached to the mirror, discuss possible repair options with the contractor before you commit to a replacement.
Choose the Same Style or an Upgrade
Should you replace the bathroom mirror with an identical piece of glass or make a decorative change right now? While the impact and resulting damage were not expected, you can turn this negative situation into something positive.
Now is the perfect time to upgrade the bathroom mirror or change the aesthetics of the space. If you are not tied to the existing mirror, consider a new custom cut. Change the shape, size, or add a new frame as part of a mini bathroom style renovation. This simple switch is an easy bathroom makeover that will not involve demolition or pricey fixture upgrades.
Did you or a family member accidentally break your custom bathroom mirror? Does the mirror have a noticeable crack or extensive damage? Contact Central Glass Company for more information.