Churches contain some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world. Notre Dame de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, and Chartres Cathedral are some of the most illuminating examples. But even in urban U.S. cities, beautiful stained glass windows can still be found. They are like rare gems, a reminder of the past shining brilliantly among modern buildings.
Many congregations treasure their stained glass. The beautiful, intricate windows are truly magnificent, and people are proud to have such a beautiful church. So of course, when the stained glass breaks or becomes damaged, it’s very distressing. But fortunately, there’s a way to resurrect these historic works. Our process for stained glass restoration
helps Fort Worth churches rehabilitate broken and aged stained glass, renewing its strength and beauty.
What Causes Stained & Leaded Glass to Break?
Most stained glass windows are held together by lead, which is a very sturdy material. Nonetheless, they are made of glass, which is easy to break. In some cases, the lead may also degrade, especially if it’s exposed to heat. Other circumstances can also cause breakage such as:
Repairing the Damage with Stained Glass Restoration
Sometimes, stained glass can be restored with a little bit of cleaning or onsite repairs. However, if the damage is significant, your church will need the help of a Fort Worth
stained glass restoration professional. This process is usually conducted in phases and can be accomplished in as fast as a few weeks or as long as several months.
Most stained glass conservationists like to start with an onsite consultation. This allows them to evaluate the condition of the glass and inspect it for damage.
Dating & Documenting
Next, the stained glass is removed and carried to the company’s workshop. There, conservationists work to determine the age of the stained glass and the materials and techniques that were used. Photographs and rubbings are taken for documentation.
Next, the stained glass is soaked in a tub of gentle cleaners and taken apart. Then, it’s carefully repaired
and put back together. After some more polishing, it’s brought back to the church and reinstalled.
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If you are interested in learning more about church stained glass restoration, our Fort Worth team would be happy to help. Call
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