Beelines, Inc.
Stained Glass and Restoration
Addressing All Stained Glass Needs Of The Memphis And Mid-South Area

Committed to the preservation and continuation of the stained glass arts. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can You Tell If Your Stained Glass Windows Need Restoration?

Some common problems to look for include:

  • Bulges or buckling of the window.
  • Broken solder joints.
  • Broken or cracked glass.
  • Glass separated from lead came.
  • Broken or missing lead.
  • An accumulation of dirt, dust and other atmosphere-borne contaminants.
  • Deterioration and or loss of waterproofing putty from under lead flanges.
  • Tie wires or support bars separating from the window or missing entirely.
  • Poor condition of window frames, rotten sills, peeling paint.
  • Exterior deterioration of caulk or glazing putty.
  • Interior signs of water leaks or water damage.
  • Protective glazing causing condensation problem or plant growth between windows.
  • Other structural problems with the building, such as a leaking roof or gutters, causing or contributing to the potential for problems with the windows themselves.

If you observe any of these conditions, a complete window survey should be conducted by a Stained Glass Studio specializing in restoration. A careful survey covering all of these potential problems on a periodic basis is important to the preservation of the windows and its framing structures.

Do stained glass windows need exterior protective glazing?

The primary reason for installing a protective glazing is protection from vandalism. Other situations may include windows that are low or near the ground level where lawn mower rocks have created damage. If installed improperly the protective glazing over time may actually cause more damage than good. Proper ventilation is essential. The cost of installing a protective glazing system for stained glass windows can vary widely depending upon the type of glazing. Common choices are lexan plastic or laminated glass.

Will a protective glazing conserve energy?

It depends on each church's fuel consumption and conservation methods. Protective glazing is an expensive proposition, ranging from a few $1000.00 to $10,000 plus.  However, it provides multi-faceted advantages for a church, making a full analysis of its real worth to a congregation somewhat difficult to evaluate. A return on investment may take decades to be enjoyed. Common sense energy conservation may create more headway towards reducing your energy needs. If you engage in a protective glazing project it is important you choose a company who understands stained glass windows and its interaction with the protective glazing.

How much will our new stained glass cost?

Most custom stained glass weather for a church or residence is priced by square foot. Be careful of comparisons based solely on this pricing structure. Choosing a studio and a design can be daunting. Compare quality and materials as well as complexity of designs, and installation costs and methods proposed. Take a “field trip” to see work installed 5 or 10 years ago, how are they holding up? The “prettiest” design or the cheapest price may not be the best choice. Remember this is custom art. The time, effort and patience you put into educating yourself or a committee will pay off in the long run.


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