A broken glass tabletop is an upsetting circumstance for any table owner. Some tabletops are actually made of glass while other tabletops are covered with a protective glass sheet. Glass tabletops can shatter because of something dropping on them, the table getting knocked over or temperature differentiations resulting in expansion and contraction in the glass that results in fracture. Several options are available to replace a broken glass tabletop.
Acrylic plastic looks similar to glass. It is clear and can protect the table from damage, but it is much more durable, lighter weight and not likely to fracture. Replacing a broken table top with a plastic one is easy since most hardware stores sell acrylic plastic and can cut it to any dimensions that you require. If you don't have the specific dimensions of the broken tabletop, you can either measure the table frame or take it to the store with you to ensure you achieve the proper fit. Acrylics are more likely to scratch than regular glass, so cover tables that see a lot of use to keep the plastic looking its best.
Stone is commonly used in outdoor tabletops, such as patio furniture, and it offers durability and a rustic look that is very appealing to many people. Marble is frequently used both indoors and outdoors as a tabletop replacement. You can paint the stone to match any pattern or color scheme, which is a benefit over glass since glass tabletops are typically clear and not decorated or modified much. Stone is a more expensive option, but its durability means it can last for years because stone won't shatter.
Tempered glass is another choice for replacing a broken tabletop since tempered glass is 4 to 6 times stronger than regular glass, making it much less likely to fracture. The other advantage safety wise is that when tempered glass does break, it cracks into small square pieces and does not form the sharp splinters that traditional glass is known for. Tempered glass is measured and cut to form an exact replica of your broken tabletop and can last for years.
Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.