One of the first questions customers ask is, 'How much will it cost to fix my glasses frames?'. There is no simple answer, of course, except 'probably a lot less than you think.'
How much a glasses frame repair will cost depends very much on the nature of the problem, the materials that make up the spectacle frame and if customers require original branded replacement parts or are happy with top-quality custom replacements.
There are so many different glasses frames, 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.
Once we agree on a provisional price for repair, you can post your broken glasses direct to our repair workshops, where we can confirm the quote once our expert repairs team inspects the glasses.
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!
AlphaOmega is at the cutting edge of eyewear repair technology and able to fix eyewear of many materials and styles, including plastic, metal, titanium and carbon fibre.
Our technical repair experts are highly skilled in using 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.
To give customers some idea of the charges they can expect they can expect we outline in general terms what it costs to fix the most common problems and the approximate timeframe for returning repaired glasses. Please note this is not a quote for any repair. Prices are just a general indication, and the time for any repair can vary.
Indicative prices for glasses repair.
|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 are 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 their malleability and resistance to corrosion. Its 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 as light as 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 and 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 solid 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.
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 they are easily moulded for wraparound frames and are also resistant to 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.