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How can I be sure I am getting quality workmanship and parts when I book a glazier?

Updated: May 1, 2019



Today's blog addresses the costs of doing business as a glazier and how quality and service affect the final result in your home or office.

To qualify or not to qualify - that is the question.

The first thing you should consider is whether or not to use someone who is trade qualified. The QBCC is the governing body that issues licences. As a tradie / business owner, I have had to meet certain levels of knowledge and standards of quality of work performed prior to receiving or being granted a licence.

As a consumer you should have confidence knowing that the company has an understanding of the Australian standards. These standards have been implemented to protect you from dangerous alternatives.


The first thing you should consider is whether or not to use someone who is trade qualified. The QBCC is the governing body that issues licences. As a tradie / business owner, I have had to meet certain levels of knowledge and standards of quality of work performed prior to receiving or being granted a licence.

It generally costs more to follow and abide by these standards than to disregard them. As the industry changes in Australia keep in mind that from time to time these standards are updated and amended, so it's my responsibility as a tradie / business owner to keep informed of any changes.



Should you choose a licensed tradesperson

The answer is undeniably yes. Whilst it may be cheaper in the short term to hire someone who is unlicensed in the long term you take a gamble with your money.


Most unlicensed Tradies will be unable to carry appropriate insurance, and whilst for a licensed tradie this is an addirional operating expense it is certainly worth having when you work in an industry that involves glass.


Whilst it may be cheaper in the short term to hire someone who is unlicensed in the long term you take a gamble with your money.

Does your tradesperson take the time to quote in person?

Almost every job should have a measure and quote for a few reasons. This is an additional expense for your tradie (ie. Time, fuel, tolls, wear and tear on our truck) which is why it's often avoided. However it is the only way you will get an accurate quote on the job. There are many companies out there content with quoting over the phone without ever having seen the job to avoid the additional cost of quoting) the complication this has on the process is that when your tradesperson eventually comes out to complete the job there may be additional costs you did not know about before you booked them (and you are now committed).

Auscan glass uses this small window of time to build a rapport with you our client and to help set your mind at ease and build confidence in our capability to get your job done right.


Does your tradesperson ensure high quality parts and workmanship?

Quality always costs more in the short term, but will save you money in the longer term. It should go without saying that every licensed glazier should choose high quality parts sadly this is not always the case and is generally why industry prices vary so widely. It's never wise to base a decision solely on price, and when it comes to glass you get what you pay for. Increasing industry pressure has meant larger businesses opting to purchase in volume from overseas suppliers this has translated into cheaper materials, and whilst the margins for revenue are higher the quality of the product is much lower.

For example a shower screen replacement:

You have received a couple of quotes and there may be 100 to $150 difference in price and you decide to go with the less expensive shower screen. The pricing difference is generally the quality of the metal. In short the metal is a lighter gauge ( not as heavy/thick) and the finish will start to deteriorate much quicker. the likelihood is that you will find in a few years time you will have to replace the shower screen once again and you have now paid double the price for an inferior quality product.

The moral to the story

At the end of the day without knowing the ins and outs of glass, the quality and the standards that go into it, all the technical information or how and where it was manufactured it can be difficult to be sure on the quality of what you are getting, what you can be sure of though is that things are cheap for a reason, and in glass anyway you get what you pay for.

what you can be sure of though is that things are cheap for a reason, and (in glass anyway) you get what you pay for.

Here at Auscan glass, with 40 years experience behind us we only choose to use high quality materials, and whilst this may make our quotes slightly higher in the short term you will be able to enjoy your investment for years to come without concern of needing to replace them again only a few years later.

Looking for a quote? We can help! contact us today on 0406 265 635

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