Church Stained Glass Restoration & Repair
However, a full church stained glass restoration is another thing entirely. This can become necessary for several different reasons.
1. A sheet of plexiglass was added to the exterior of the stained glass, to protect the windows from vandalism or from the elements. This is a mistake because the plexiglass causes a heat buildup between it and the stained glass that damages the lead strips over time. Once damaged, these strips no longer hold the window in the proper structural integrity.
2. The actual weight of the window and the pull of gravity over the years has caused the window to bow or sag or even buckle. This puts tremendous stress on the glass and can cause it to crack, shatter, or drop right out of the window, which is an obvious safety hazard.
3. The damaged lead strips can become brittle or bent and no longer form a good seal with the glass they are supposed to be holding together.
With this type of situation, a full restoration is called for. We will again bring the window to our studio, but it will be fully disassembled in order to add brand new, reinforced lead strips that will provide greater strength and durability for the reinstalled window. We also soak the glass in a special cleaning solution, replace any missing or damaged pieces of glass with matching glass from one of our high-quality suppliers (this can be custom ordered if necessary to match the existing antique glass) and polish the reassembled piece to a fine luster.
We will also reinstall the church stained glass window with appropriate safeguards, considering its weight. This might include steel supports into the frame, and definitely includes two clear panes of glass on the outside of the stained glass. They protect the newly refurbished stained glass and add to the window’s overall thermal efficiency.
Custom Stained Glass Houston Can Help You Restore the Natural Beauty of Your Stained Glass Windows
Stained Glass Restoration due to Deterioration of Lead
Hail Damage to Stained Glass
Wind Damage to Stained Glass
Flattening it back
Carefully removing all the glass pieces and re-leading the panel
Re-Leading to Restore Stained Glass
Preserving the Value of Stained Glass
Restoration Versus New Stained Glass?
Exterior Protective Coverings for Your Church Stained Glass
Another great benefit of these systems is the low maintenance needs. The protective covering not only defends your stained glass but also your wooden window frames. You’ll no longer need to repaint your window frames periodically and can enjoy this long-term solution for providing optimal durability. If the exterior panel is ever damaged from vandalism, natural disasters, or other threats, it can be easily removed and replaced.
Contact Us for Bathroom Stained Glass in Houston
At Custom Stained Glass Houston we consider ourselves experts are happy to offer free advice and valuations of your stained glass before and after restoration. Feel free to reach out and email us photos we can ever do some rough calculations online.