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There are so many different types of glasses frame, from simple plastic to precious metals, that evaluating a repair can be difficult without seeing the broken frames.
Nevertheless, AlphaOmega Frame Repairs can offer a provisional quote based on a description of the fault and, better still, some photos of the broken frames.
In 90% of cases we can confirm the original quote and start the repair, but for some repairs we need to offer a final quote before we can start work. Sometimes the final quote can be even lower than the original one!
Our technical repair experts are highly skilled in the use of electric spot welding, brazing, soldering and laser weld equipment and proud of their ability to complete 'invisible' repairs that help make mended glasses look as good as new.
AlphaOmega is so confident of its ability to create virtually unnoticeable repairs we offer an unconditional one year warranty.
In order to give customers some idea of the charges they can expect they can expect this is a general of what it costs to fix the most common problems with broken spectacles and sunglasses and the approximate timeframe for returning repaired glasses:
Indicative repair prices for glasses frames repair and lens replacement.
|Laser weld metal||£20-£35||Same day|
|Laser weld titanium||£35||Same day|
|Custom lenses||£46||5 days|
|Designer lenses||£45-£75||7-10 days|
|Custom arms||£35||Same day|
|Nose pads||£10||Same day|
|Straighten frame||£20-£35||Same day|
Eyewear frames made of metal
There are many varieties of metal and plastic materials that can be commonly used in the manufacture of modern eyewear. Metal materials for glasses frame construction can include various alloys such as :
This is a group of nickel-copper alloys that may include small amounts of iron, manganese, copper and silicon. They are popular in glasses frame manufacture because of its malleability and resistance to corrosion. It's main advantage, however, is that it is relatively inexpensive to produce.
Titanium metal has become increasingly popular with designer label eyewear manufacturers. It is a sliver-grey metal that is extremely light and very durable, corrosion resistant and highly hypoallergenic. Colour-tinted titanium has helped increase its use in eyewear models.
A titanium-based allot, Flexon is very popular with eyewear makers as it is a 'memory metal' that will reform to its original shape after bending or twisting. Although not a light a titanium Flexon is not as heavy as some other metals and is corrosion resistant as well as hypoallergenic.
Beryllium is a steel grey coloured metal that offers a lower priced alternative to titanium, having many of the same properties and is available in a wide range of colours.
Another alternative to titanium, stainless steel is an alloy of steel can chromium. It is light, strong and corrosion free and because it contains no nickel, is hypoallergenic.
Frames made of aluminium tend to be more expensive. Lightweight and very resistant to corrosion it is usually used for high-end designer eyewear. Aluminium is usually blended with iron and silicon to increase strength and durability.
Carbon fibre is a very strong but lightweight material that is increasingly popular for eyewear manufacture. Five times as strong as steel it consists of very thin fibres twisted together in a crystal alignment. As well as a low weight to strength ratio it is also corrosion-resistant, temperature tolerant and hypoallergenic. It is also relatively expensive.
Some upmarket eyewear is made from precious metals such as gold and silver. These tend to be heavier than many modern metal alloys and not as strong but they are flexible and corrosion resistant. Although it can be used as a trace element in some alloys silver is heavy and not particularly easy to wear.
Plastic frames for glasses
Plastics offer a modern alternative to metal eyewear frames and, although they do have some drawbacks such as being easier to break, becoming more brittle in strong sunshine and colour fading over time they allow much more flexibility in design. Modern plastic acetates have overcome the problems of original plastics. The most common plastics used in glasses frame manufacture are:
There are many blended nylon frames on the market and the materials family includes polyamides, gliamides and trogamids. Today's nylon blended glasses frames are lightweight, flexible and long lasting. Nylon blended frames are used for sports performance eyewear both because it is easily moulded for wraparound frames but is also resistant to the effects of temperature change.
Also known as zyl, zylonite is a cellulose acetate that the cheap, lightweight option for many eyewear companies. It comes in a wide range of colours and laminated frames offer multicolour eyewear options.
Nylon infused cellulose acetate called propionate is used for high-end eyewear. Slightly more transparent and glossy than other acetates it is known for its featherweight characteristic without loss of strength.