A church’s stained glass windows are more than just a pretty feature. They’re the key to unlocking secrets of the past and the church’s history, as well as a means of insight about its present and future. Church stained glass windows display symbolism that represents the values and teachings of the church and provide a deeply moving and spiritual experience for onlookers.

It’s no wonder that when it comes time to make repairs, most churches are more than willing to invest in stained glass restoration. However, this process may be confusing to those who are unfamiliar with its steps and intricacies. To shed some light on the matter, we’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about restoration below.

Church Stained Glass Restoration: Frequently Asked Questions

If you have stained glass windows in your church that have fallen into disrepair, restoration can provide a viable means of fixing the damage. Here, we’ve discussed some of the most frequently asked questions about church stained glass restoration.

Q: When is restoration necessary?

Stained glass windows are very sturdy, but need to be restored about once every 75 years (give or take) to be preserved properly. Repairs may need to be made sooner if there are eminent signs of deterioration. These include cracks, chips, discoloration, sagging leading, bowed pieces, concave/convex glass, and chalky leading.

Q: What are the benefits of repairing church stained glass?

Repairing church stained glass windows keeps them safe to be around. Loose pieces of glass can fall out and cause damage. Repairs prevent this from happening. Restoring stained glass may also increase the value of the church building, offsetting the cost of repairs. There are also sentimental benefits, especially if members have an emotional attachment.

Q: What is the process?

The restoration process differs on a case by case basis. However, it usually involves removing the stained glass and transporting it to a studio where it can be repaired. For more information, check out our process page.

Q: How long do repairs normally take?

The length of time required to complete repairs depends on the size of the stained glass, the complexity of its design, and its condition. Therefore, repairs can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months, depending on the situation.


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Martin Faith is an expert in the areas of stained glass conservation, preservation, and history. For over thirty years, he has been working as a stained glass artisan and restoration expert. Martin grew up studying stained glass in Glasgow, where he began acquiring and salvaging beautiful collectibles made by Scottish artisans. In Glasgow, he learned the critical skills and traditional techniques required for creating the stunning stained glass windows produced by his company today in the United States, where he now resides with his wife and family. Over the years, Martin has consulted on numerous church stained glass restoration projects throughout the nation, ranging in size and complexity. Martin and his team have successfully repaired hundreds of religious stained glass windows, including those belonging to churches, cathedrals, temples, and synagogues as well as all religious denominations. He has overseen over 50,000 projects in total and is one of the most accomplished professionals in the industry.