A glass patio table is a reliable piece of furniture for the patio as it's relatively easy to clean, as opposed to a wooden table that will weather and warp over time. However, the glass in a patio table can become scratched and worn out and may need to be replaced. There are a number of ways to do this, including changing what the surface of the table is actually made from.
Replace the Glass
By simply replacing the glass in a patio table, you will have removed the weathered look and made your patio table look as good as new. Depending on the size of your patio table, replacement glass, textured or clear, cost £162 to £227 in late 2009 to cut and ship to you, complete with a hole in the middle for your umbrella.
Replace with Plastic
Because glass tables are a bit fragile, replacing a glass patio tabletop with a plastic tabletop might be the perfect option. These tabletops are about the same price but are more durable to shocks and scratching against their surfaces. Plastic tabletops are made of acrylic Plexiglas and are almost unbreakable. They can be patterned or clear in their design. The only downsides to these tables is that they appear to be a little cheap, as even faux-glass plastics have a certain tackiness to them.
A much more expensive but also much more expressive and aesthetically pleasing alternative to a glass patio table is a round stone-top patio table. These tables are often ornately designed out of stones, cement and mortar, with patterns of different-coloured stones and tiles decorating their tops. Durable to both human abuse and the weather, these tables will outlast the house itself, if given the opportunity. However, if you are simply replacing the glass in your patio table, a stone tabletop may not work, as they need rather specific frames. Most stone tabletops have supports holding them that are made out of a strong metal; many glass and plastic patio tables have plastic supports holding them up, as they are designed to hold much less weight.