How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Mirror?
Most homeowners spend between $166 to $332 nationally.
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Superstition suggests that breaking a mirror means seven years of bad luck. It's also inconvenient and potentially dangerous. Even a small crack may result in the mirror shattering, so you should employ a professional to repair it as soon as possible. ImproveNet can help you get free estimates from contractors, but before you start shopping for quotes, it's a good idea to spend time learning more about how much the work will cost.
National Repair or Resilver a Mirror Costs
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|National Average Cost||$938|
|Average Range||$166 to $332|
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Table of Contents
- Mirror Repair Cost
- Mirror Repair Cost Factors
- Mirror Resilvering
- Mirror Repair Vs. Replacement
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- How To Resilver A Mirror
- Find A Pro
Mirror Repair Cost
The cost of repairing or resilvering a mirror varies depending on a wide range of factors. Most owners spend between $105 and $297, averaging at $188, which covers the labor and materials for a professional to complete the work. Minor projects cost as little as $50, while major repairs, particularly on large or vintage mirrors, cost as much as $485.
If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you may want to tackle the work yourself. If you do, the only cost is a resilvering kit or a piece of replacement glass, the necessary tools, and your own time.
Mirror Repair Cost Factors
Factors affecting the cost of repairing a mirror include the size and age of the mirror, your location and whether you employ a professional or carry out the work yourself. If a contractor decides to move the mirror to a repair facility, you should factor the transport fees and the cost to install the mirror into your budget.
The biggest factor in determining the price is the type of repair:
- Resilvering: A cloudy mirror indicates it needs resilvering, a process costing approximately $20 per square foot.
- Repairing Scratches: A minor scratch costs approximately $50 to repair.
- Repairing Cracks: In most cases, it isn't cost-effective to repair large cracks, and the best option is to replace the glass. Replacing mirror glass costs approximately $10 to $20 per square foot.
These costs are for repairing or replacing the mirror glass. There may be additional costs associated with repairing a frame or moving the mirror to an alternative location as part of a new interior design scheme.
Most mirrors comprise a piece of high quality glass over a thin layer of silver or aluminum. Over time, this metallic layer deteriorates, impairing the mirror's ability to reflect light and creating a cloudy or distorted image. It's possible to rectify this defect through the process of resilvering, which involves stripping the original reflective surface and then applying a new one. The process is quite complex, so professionals usually do it.
Mirror Repair Vs. Replacement
Repairing a mirror usually requires skill and specialist equipment, so in many cases, it's more cost-effective to replace the glass rather than attempting to repair it. For example, resilvering a mirror takes several days. As the waiting time for curing the silver and letting paint dry is the same regardless of the size of the mirror, it's not a very cost-effective process for using on small mirrors.
Before repairing a scratch or crack, consider the cost of replacing the mirror. If a bathroom mirror, for example, cost less than $50, then it's not worth spending $50 to fix a scratch. Similarly, if the mirror has a small crack, then weigh the cost-benefit of paying for a pro to fix the glass. It's possible to purchase low-cost DIY methods that include a resin for injecting into the crack, although these methods may have poor results, and they are not suitable for large cracks.
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
It's possible to significantly reduce the cost of repairing a mirror by doing the work yourself, as your only expense is the replacement mirror glass or a resilvering kit. However, using a resilvering kit requires a degree of skill to get a good result, and some of the solvents and chemicals are dangerous if you inhale them or bring them into contact with your skin. Additionally, handling mirror glass is potentially dangerous due to the risk of cuts. To ensure the best results, leave the repair to a professional. Experts have all of the necessary tools to complete the job quickly and efficiently.
How To Resilver A Mirror
The mirror is often a focal point in a bathroom design, so if it becomes cloudy or distorted, rectifying the problem is a primary concern. Most people employ a professional; however, it's possible to purchase resilvering kits to do the work yourself. If you want to try resilvering a mirror, read the instructions on the resilvering kit carefully before beginning. The process usually involves these steps:
- Prepare a work surface in a ventilated area.
- Remove the old reflective surface using paint remover and then nitric acid. Wear gloves, a mask, and protective glasses.
- Clean the glass to remove any dirt that might distort reflections.
- Apply the new silver nitrate coating.
- Leave the silver nitrate to cure for at least 24 hours.
- Apply a coat of copper paint to seal the silver coating.
- Cover the copper paint with at least one coat of gray paint to protect it.
Find A Pro
Repairing a mirror to a high standard requires time, skill, and the correct tools. Experts get the job done quickly, and are in a position to advise you whether it's better to repair or replace the mirror. Either way, it’s good idea to connect with a local, reliable pro who can help you with your broken mirror.
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Last updated on Sep 27, 2018