Stained glass windows are a common feature in historic architecture. Unfortunately, a good amount of stained glass produced by American artisans is now at a point where it is in need of restoration. With repair, stained glass windows can be preserved for another one hundred years. But if these repairs aren’t made, the entire work could disintegrate to the point where it is no longer safe, recognizable, or able to be fixed. Swift action is essential when it comes to restoration. In this article, we’ll examine the importance of stained glass repair
and what the process looks like.
Why Repair Stained Glass?
While stained glass windows reached their height in popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages
, they remained popular in the United States all throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Even in modern times, people appreciated stained glass and chose to keep it in their home or property. They feel that the stained glass is special, and in many ways, it truly is – not only for its beauty, but also its historic significance.
While many modern works are still being produced, stained glass windows of this historic archetype are becoming increasingly rare and hard to find. Repairing the stained glass is an act of historic and cultural preservation.
Putting Time and History Back Together: The Restoration Process
There is no way to reverse time. Everything wears with age, including sturdy stained glass windows. But through restoration, the effects of time can be slowed down significantly and delayed. Repairing stained glass helps put an end to the destruction of materials that are already undergoing degradation and preserves the rest of the work as well. The process is usually conducted in a series of phases. These include:
Examination: The stained glass is inspected, dated, and documented. A plan is made for the repairs.
Disassembly and repair: The window is taken apart carefully, cleaned, and repaired. All original materials that can be salvaged are saved and reused for the restoration.
Reassembly: The stained glass is put back together, reinforced with cement and steel bars, polished, and reinstalled.
Types of Stained Glass We Repair
At Scottish Stained Glass
, we are happy to perform this service for most types of stained and leaded glass works. This includes artwork, windows, and hanging pieces. Over the years we’ve been in business, we’ve completed nearly 70,000 installations and successfully executed thousands of repairs. No matter the age of your stained glass, its material composition, or style, we’re confident that we can help.
Learn more about our stained glass repair services for Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Austin, and San Antonio by calling our office