Architects often talk about a building’s glazing “making the connection between the interior spaces, and the landscape beyond”, but such is the sensitivity of the human eye, that there only needs to be some slight blemish on the glass to break the link.
The question for the building owner, or more often the contractor keen to hand over a new property at the end of the contract, is how to make good any damage that has occurred. Replacement is always going to be costly, and some situations logistically very difficult. But there is a practical and cost effective alternative.
Despite the name Plastic Surgeon has developed a portfolio of repair techniques addressing all the common building materials – including metal, stone, ceramics and, more recently, glass. The company is the only national repair specialist able to deal with all types of building finish. Plastic Surgeon’s finishers undergo a special glazing course, which enables them to assess both the glass type they are dealing with, the severity of the damage and the best approach to dealing with it.
Float glass, toughened, heat soaked, laminated and through coloured glass all demonstrate different degrees of hardness, while damage can range from ‘fogging’, as occurs when decorators get careless with the sandpaper while preparing wooden frames, to deep scratches caused by chisels and claw hammers, or even graffiti vandalism with glass cutting tools.
At their disposal the finishers have variable speed precision grinders, able to rotate at velocities of up to 10,000 rpm, along with half a dozen different grades of abrasive disk.