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How to Replace Your Glass Patio Table Top

This video explains the different types of patio tables and how to measure for your replacement table top for each kind. In addition, the video will also explain which glass thickness or edge types you should choose for each kind of table.

You can also read below for detailed tips and pointers for each type of patio table top. There are different instructions for each type of patio table top, so make sure you review the section for the type that you have. Get your glass, your way -- today!

Types of Glass Patio Table Tops

Patio tables featuring glass tops are a classic staple of outdoor furniture. Despite our best efforts, sometimes you need new glass for your patio tables. Accidents happen! Or, maybe you're making your own DIY patio tables and need the final touch -- a custom glass top. We've got everything you need for your patio table top replacements:

  • Custom-cut glass made exactly to your specs.
  • Hand-fabricated in our US-based facility.
  • Always low shipping costs.
  • Guaranteed intact delivery right to your front door!

There are three main types of glass patio table tops: Glass that sits on a pedestal, tables with glass covers, and tables where the glass sits in a metal frame. We'll break it down for you below.

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Tables With Glass Sitting On Top of a Pedestal

If you need replacement glass tops for patio tables that have a pedestal table like the one shown here, where the glass sits on top of it without fitting into metal edges, you're in luck. This is the easiest type of glass patio table top to order. Simply choose the shape, enter your measurements, and choose your custom options. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Thickness: For tables on a pedestal, you can choose 3/8" or 1/2" glass. Thicker glass will provide more support.
  • Glass Type: Choose clear glass, ultra-clear low-iron HDglass, Opaque-Clear glass, PolarGlass™ textured glass, gray glass, or bronze glass.
  • Glass Strength: Choose tempered glass for maximum safety.
  • Edges: For an outdoor patio table top that sits on a pedestal, choose flat or beveled edges (pencil polish edges are a good choice for round patio table tops).
  • Umbrella Holes: You can get a hole drilled in the center of any shape glass patio table top to fit an umbrella. You'll do this when you are customizing your options.

Patio Glass Table Covers

Some outdoor tables just need a glass cover to sit on top of the table and protect it from scratches, stains, and the weather. Covering an outdoor table top has several benefits:

  • Glass creates a smooth, easy to clean surface for textured tables like wicker or stone.
  • You can still see the beauty of the table underneath - especially great if you've made it yourself or the table is vintage.
  • Glass is sturdy and will protect your table from damage from the weather, glass rings, or other stains.

Here are some options to consider when getting a glass patio table top cover:

  • Thickness: Choose 1/4" or 3/8" to cover your surface - either should be suitable for most table covers.
  • Glass Strength: Choose tempered glass for outdoor doesn't shatter into dangerous shards when broken.
  • Glass Type: For a unique look, choose a bronze or gray glass for a patio table or DIY project. Opaque-Clear or PolarGlass™ textured glass are also popular choices. Or choose standard clear or HDglass.
  • Edges: Choose a flat polished or beveled edge for most square or rectangle table covers; or for round choose pencil or beveled edges.
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Patio Table with Metal Frame

Patio Table Tops that Fit in a Metal Frame

These kinds of tables can be tricky. If you need patio table top replacements for inside a metal frame, the frame cannot be bent in any way, or it will be very hard to measure. Straighten the frame before you measure it. And the glass must be cut to fit inside the frame exactly. We will fabricate the glass exactly to the dimensions you provide with a +/- 1/8" cutting tolerance. Here are some pointers for this kind of glass table top:

  • Thickness: 1/4", 3/8", or 1/2" depending on the table.
  • Glass Type: For most tables, tempered clear glass will be fine. You may also choose a frosted (Opaque-Clear) glass or PolarGlass™ textured glass to suit your decor.
  • Edges: Seamed or flat polished edges will both work.
  • Umbrella Holes: Look for the option to choose an umbrella hole where the glass type, thickness, and other options are shown.

DIY Outdoor Patio Tables

The beauty of a pedestal table that you've created yourself should be showcased with beautiful, clear glass cut exactly to your spec. It's easier than ever to order glass for patio tables online. Our glass patio table tops are perfect for DIYers who want to create tables out of -- well, anything! We've had customers create outdoor tables from bird baths, old wooden pallets, and vintage oak barrels. Get those creative juices flowing and create something for your outdoor space!

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Patio Glass Top FAQs

Yes. The most common size hole for an umbrella table is 2 1/2" at the center, though you’ll need to let us know the exact size you’ll need when you place your order. If the size of the hole you need is different from one of the standard sizes we offer listed below, or in a location other than the center of the table, you’ll need to provide the diameter along with the location in an email or drawing. The cost may be higher for a customized hole. Please keep in mind that we do not offer the plastic cover that goes with such a hole. If you want more than one hole drilled into the same piece of glass, we’ll need to follow specific tempering guidelines.

Standard Hole Sizes
1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2", 3 1/4", 4"

Tempering a glass table top adds to its strength. Tempered glass is 5 to 7 times harder to break compared to regular annealed glass. Tempered glass is also regarded as safety glass because when it breaks, it shatters into small pebbles that don’t pose as much of a danger to you and your family.

In most instances, 1/2" inch thick glass tops are not tempered. This is due to the added strength from the thickness. However, 1/4" and 3/8" thick glass tops are mostly tempered for extra strength.

As a basic rule, tempering the glass does not change its appearance or weight. With that in mind, if you have kids at home or are just concerned with safety, we say, “when in doubt, temper your glass.”

That depends on the table. If the glass piece is being used as a table cover or a protective cover then 1/4" thickness is sufficient. If the glass piece is being set upon a stand or a pedestal to form the actual table surface, however, then depending on the size you may choose to use a thicker glass.

In these cases, if the glass table to be used is larger than 24" in dimension or is to support heavy objects using any range of thickness larger than 1/4" is recommended.

When it comes to choosing a thickness between 3/8", 1/2" or 1/4" it is mostly a matter of preference. Obviously thicker glass has a more substantial look and feel but the weight of the glass top becomes a major consideration after a certain size. Thicker glass can become very heavy as the size increases.

Here are our standard thicknesses:

1/4" – This is a good thickness for glass tabletops and glass protective table covers.

3/8" – This is a good thickness for heavy, unsupported table tops where the glass is the only table top.

1/2" – This is the strongest, most attractive thickness available, ideal for heavy, unsupported table tops where the glass is the only table top.

Glass table covers are a wonderful way to protecting valuable or antique furniture without hiding its beauty. With a protective glass table cover, your wood, marble or metal table's surface is safe from spills, stains, dings and scratches. No need for placemats or tablecloths – you can put hot casserole dishes or cups of coffee on the table without worrying they'll harm your table's finish.

No waxing or polishing – glass table covers wipe clean so much easier than wood or marble finishes (especially when they've been treated with glass surface protection like award-winning ClearShield first).

With their transparent surface and custom fit, glass table covers won't detract from the impact of your table while they keep it clean and hygienic.

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