And When You Might Need One
On the list of professions that you might not know exist, are the kind and detail-oriented folks who cut, shape, and install glass and they go by the very cool name, glaziers. Here are answers to some questions that may arise, like who is a glazier, what kind of jobs do they do, how much does a glazier cost, why are they important, and what sets a great glazier apart?
Besides the function of the see-through barrier between the indoors and out, windows and glass have developed many uses and features in the modern day. They are a deciding factor in how well our homes and buildings retain heat - which not only affects our comfort level but can also affect our energy costs. With global warming changing our climates and in some places, like Los Angeles, ironically making winters colder than usual, it might be an apt time to think about our windows and the people who work with them.
What Is a Glazier?
A glazier is who you’ll call when you have any home project that involves glass. Well, nearly any. More specifically, a glazier is a tradesperson whose line of work includes a range of glass services including window replacements, glass repairs, and cutting and installation of new windows, skylights, doors, and other glass fixtures. Glaziers are often exposed to the elements as their work is in demand year-round and sometimes has them many stories high installing windows for industrial buildings. The work is physically demanding as most glass parts need to be tucked into place by hand and can often be quite large and heavy.
Glaziers should have an aptitude for mechanics, decent math skills, and the ability to interpret and visualize construction blueprints and architectural drawings. The job also requires attention to detail because glass installers need to measure for a perfect fit, cut accordingly, and finish fit glass and mirrors perfectly to avoid costly mistakes. According to US News & World Report, glaziers are ranked #5 in Best Construction Jobs in Construction based on job satisfaction, salary, work-life balance, and stress, however, it is important to note that it also has a high job-related injury rate due to potential cuts from broken glass and falls from scaffolding and ladders.