How to Repair a Glass Patio Table

Written by susan walworth
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A glass-topped patio table looks as light and airy as summertime. Unfortunately, that same asset can be a liability during high winds. Glass-topped patio tables often shatter when flipped over during a storm. But a ruined top does not have to be the end of the table. There are several options for repairing a glass patio table.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Disposable cloth
  • Safety glasses
  • Measuring tape
  • Replacement top

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  1. 1

    Remove any remaining glass pieces from table frame. Wrap large glass shards in a disposable cloth or newspaper and break into small pieces with a hammer. Place in a paper bag before disposing of in the trash.

  2. 2

    Decide on a replacement top. Options include tempered replacement glass or Plexiglass, available at home improvement stores or glass suppliers. To change the table's look entirely, have a piece of heavy wire mesh cut at a machine shop to fit the tabletop.

  3. 3

    Measure the table's circumference carefully and purchase a replacement top made of the preferred material. Glass replacement tops come in stock sizes and thicknesses, although many vendors will cut them to order.

  4. 4

    Check the table frame thoroughly, tighten any loose screws and repair any other damage to the frame. If the frame could use a fresh coat of paint, now is the time to apply it.

  5. 5

    Install the new tabletop. Tables have different types of fastening methods. Be sure the new top is securely fastened.

Tips and warnings

  • While Plexiglass doesn't break like glass, it can scratch and become dull and cloudy when exposed to the elements.
  • Always wear gloves and safety glasses when working with glass.

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