Houses of worship are meant to provide a physical connection between the congregation and their religious inspiration, encouraging beautiful, meaningful prayer and worship as much inspired by the beauty of our church’s surroundings as we are by the words of our community’s religious leaders. Stained glass often serves as a focal point, but eventually, stained glass repair is required to maintain the pristine appearance of your church. But how can you tell when your church needs stained glass repair?
Sure-Fire Signs Your Church’s Stained Glass Needs Repair or RestorationJuly 12, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church And Religious Stained Glass
Stained Glass Is Durable But Still Needs Regular Restoration And Repair
Stained glass is a very durable material and lovely when colored with paints, pigments, and dyes. This also makes it a wonderful artistic medium for decorating churches with an ethereal flair. Just because stained glass is durable –it is far from everlasting. In fact, church stained glass windows should be repaired or restored every 80-100 years. If are wondering how to know if your church’s stained glass needs repair, read on to discover 3 surefire signs to look for on your chapel’s stained glass. And whether you may need restoration to keep it looking lovely and intact for your congregation for decades to come.
Gaps In Your Church’s Stained Glass Window That Show Daylight
An obvious sign it is time to repair your church stained glass is when you see visible gaps of light through your window. They could be small or large and you will find them between the glass and leading or frame. These gaps appear because of stretching lead and the real problem with this is–the surrounding glass panels are no longer held securely in place. The possibility of a piece of glass falling out of the window is pretty good and stained glass professional should be called in to take a look.
Buckling, Bowing And Sagging Of Your Church’s Stained Glass
If the stained glass windows in your church are buckling, bowing, bulging or sagging, your windows are definitely in need of repair and could even collapse. This, of course, is a worst case scenario but falling glass could really hurt a church parishioner and the threat, therefore, be taken seriously. This type of damage has almost nothing to do with the glass but rather the wood frame, which has been expanding and contracting over time breaking down. In the long run, these rapid shifts in the structure of the frame take a big toll on the lead and cause it to lose strength. This is an issue that needs to be repaired soon to immediately.
Chips And Cracks In Your Church’s Stained Glass
The least “dangerous” and most frequent damage to church stained glass windows is to chips and cracks in the glass. This fix is not pressing for safety reasons but does affect the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass. Keep in mind that some cracks are actually an indicator of “stress zones” in the glass from a failing frame. If you start to notice cracks getting bigger or more popping up, contact a professional stained glass repair company like Church Stained Glass Restoration,
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While stained glass can be found all over the world, perhaps the most notable examples reside in Europe, in the countries of France, Italy, Germany, and the UK. In the United Kingdom, stained glass grew greatly in prominence due to the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous stained glass artisan who designed stained glass windows for architectural projects in Glasgow, Scotland, one of which was the Glasgow School of Art. For this reason, Glasgow is largely considered to be one of the stained glass capitals of the world, and its manufacture is still practiced there today.
Glasgow also happens to be the hometown of our owner Martin Faith. Hence, the name Scottish Stained Glass seemed an appropriate choice to Martin when he moved to the United States to start his own stained glass company. It is true that “Scottish Stained Glass” is a reference to the origins of the techniques that we use in production for glassmaking. These methods were passed down through the generations of Martin’s Scottish family. However, it’s also a reference to our work and the specific processes that we use to create what we believe are the world’s finest stained glass windows.
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