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.
accumulation of dirt, dust and other atmosphere-borne contaminants.
Deterioration and or loss of waterproofing putty from under lead flanges.
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
Other structural problems with the building, such as a leaking roof or
gutters, causing or contributing to the potential for problems with the
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
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?
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
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.