Church Stained Glass Restoration FAQ

August 23, 2021 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

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. Continue reading »

Restoring the Stained Glass Windows in the Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church in Tulsa

June 14, 2021 in Aggrigate, Church And Religious Stained Glass, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Over the years that we’ve been restoring church stained glass windows, we’ve gained a deeper understanding of how churches are connected to their community. In addition to their religious work, churches provide important services like education, public health services, charitable services such as clothing drives and food supply. They do this all without asking anything in return. Continue reading »

How to Get Started with Church Stained Glass Restoration

June 26, 2020 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Churches have always utilized stained glass for portraying important biblical messages and teachings. With inspiring stained glass features housed within churches from around the nation, it’s always important to appreciate the significance your windows can bring to your congregation. Stained glass windows can truly inspire and become a considerable part of the worship process. Making sure your stained glass is properly preserved can provide numerous benefits for your church, congregation, and society. Church stained glass restoration offers an incredible way to keep your stained glass for generations to come.

The Church Stained Glass Restoration Process

When you start to notice any signs of deterioration among your stained glass windows, it’s important to see if your stained glass is in need of restoration. Signs of deterioration can include cracked glass, warped glass, convex/concave glass, missing glass, a white film appearing on your glass, discoloration, yellowing plexiglass, softened lead came, brittle joints, and much more. Once you discover these signs, the next step is finding the right stained glass studio for restoration. Vetting your studio should always include research, asking for recommendations from jobs of similar size, and viewing portfolios. The right restoration studio can add at least another century of product life to your stained glass windows. The restoration process typically takes about a month per window, depending on the size. If your stained glass was damaged by vandalism or severe weather, you may qualify for an insurance claim.

Work with the Nation’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Church Stained Glass Restoration is honored to be the trusted church stained glass restoration experts serving the nation. Our team is always happy to help evaluate the condition of your windows or features to see if they’re ready for restoration. For more information regarding church stained glass restoration for your property, please contact us!

The Stained Glass Restoration Process for Your Church

May 8, 2020 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Churches across the nation understand the importance of their treasured stained glass features. Their stained glass windows often provide wide-reaching inspiration for both their congregation members and clergy members. In order to ensure your religious stained glass continues to offer inspiration for future generations to come, restoration is a necessary process. Stained glass restoration offers a multitude of different benefits for any church.

The Church Stained Glass Restoration Process

When you start to see signs of deterioration on your stained glass, it’s important to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. This process begins with an on-site assessment of your stained glass windows to see what exactly caused the deterioration and damage. The assessment will include a custom-tailored restoration plan, cost-benefit analysis, and project estimate. Once you decide to start restoration, we’ll remove your stained glass, install temporary windows, and carefully transport them back to our studio. We’ll soak your stained glass in our proprietary bath soak for up to two weeks in order to remove all the grime and dirt that’s built up over the past century. This also allows us to easily take apart your stained glass so we can restore it piece by piece. We always take the conservative approach and save as much of the original as possible. New lead came is also created and safety glass is often installed for better protection. You’ll be stunned once we reinstall your church’s newly restored stained glass.

Work with the Nation’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Artists

Church Stained Glass Restoration is honored to be the trusted church stained glass restoration artists serving the nation. We’re available during normal business hours and are offering virtual consultations and in-person appointments. We look forward to working with you!

For more information regarding church stained glass restoration, please contact us!

How to Fundraise for Your Church Stained Glass Restoration Project

April 13, 2020 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Church stained glass offers so many benefits for its congregation and clergy members, providing inspiration during services and serving as a sentimental part of your house of worship. Just like everything else, stained glass begins to deteriorate with age. From age-related deterioration to vandalism, stained glass can fall victim to numerous issues that impact its condition. In order to properly preserve your stained glass, restoration is essential. During these uncertain times, it can be hard finding the funds to restore your beloved stained glass. Here are some options for fundraising:

Fundraising Tips for Your Church Stained Glass Restoration Project

Fundraising efforts have actually successfully restored many stained glass windows in our experience. Even with the obstacle of social distancing, you can still accomplish your fundraising efforts from the comfort of your home:

  • Create a fundraising committee: A fundraising committee can help you get better organized for your restoration project. Ask for volunteers and have virtual meetings to craft your fundraising plan.
  • Reach out to your congregation: Church stained glass can often hold a special place in many congregation members’ hearts. You’d be surprised how many of your members would be willing to donate! Start a GoFundMe page and reach out directly to your church members.
  • Look for nonprofit support: There are various nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to restoring art as well as religious properties. Do your research and see if you qualify for any grants or additional help.

Work with the Nation’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Church Stained Glass Restoration is honored to be the stained glass restoration experts serving the nation. We’re always happy to help with your brainstorming efforts and are providing free virtual consultations for all of your stained glass needs.

For more information regarding fundraising for your stained glass restoration project, please contact us!

Is Restoring Stained Glass Worth the Investment?

February 11, 2020 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

For churches throughout the nation that are ready to restore their religious stained glass, it can be intimidating when you learn of the costs associated with this process. Restoration is an expensive process since it is really labor-intensive and requires extensive training and experience to properly execute. Proper restoration can take around a month for a single window alone. While these costs may catch you off guard, there are some great benefits that make it well worth the price tag.

Understanding the Benefits of Stained Glass Investment for Restoration

Stained glass investment is worthy of restoration because of the equity it creates. Unrestored stained glass always appraises for much less while a restored stained glass feature is drastically valued for more. Very similar to renovating a home, investing in your stained glass can provide better overall value by restoring the antique value. Restoration is actually required every 75 to 100 years due to natural deterioration. This process may be required sooner if your stained glass has experienced damage from vandalism or severe weather. Stained glass investment is much more affordable than replacement, offering a cost-effective option for your church. If you want to properly preserve your stained glass, then restoration is your only option for achieving this. Unfortunately, stained glass will continue to deteriorate until a replacement is required if you choose to forego restoration.

Work with the Nation’s Stained Glass Investment Specialists

Church Stained Glass Restoration is proud to be the nation’s stained glass investment specialists serving all 50 states. We’re happy to work with churches from all over the country in order to help preserve these gorgeous works of art. With our industry-leading restoration process, your stained glass can remain in its original, beautiful condition for at least another century or two.

For more information regarding stained glass investment, please contact us!

Understanding the Investment of Stained Glass Repair

February 10, 2020 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

When thinking about getting the stained glass in your church restored, there are a couple of different aspects to explore.  This type of stained glass is usually invaluable but has sentimental value and sometimes has monetary value too. Therefore the benefits of stained glass need to outweigh any drawbacks.  Read below to get an understanding of this balance and use this to help you decide if church stained glass really is worth it.

Benefits And Drawbacks of Restoring Stained Glass

Drawback 1:  The Time Investment of Church Stained Glass Restoration

The cost of a restoration hinges on the size or your windows.  Second, the scope of repair needed. If either of these is large–the stained glass windows of your church may be removed anywhere from several weeks to a few months.  Smaller windows take less time but overall stained glass restoration is a fairly big undertaking and something your church should be prepared for.

Benefit 1: How long Restored Windows Will Last

One of the biggest reasons churches get their stained-glass restored is that it preserves church history for future generations.  Even if the restoration takes a year, that amount of time is small in comparison to how low the church stained glass restoration will last.  Once restored by a true professional, your church’s stained glass windows will last at least 100 years. Here at Stained Glass, we believe ours will even last up to 200 because of the advanced leading additives we use. 

Drawback 2:  The Money Needed To Invest in Stained Glass Restoration

The truth is– stained glass restoration can be a big expense for churches to undertake.  For larger windows, this is especially true. The removal of stained glass, the transport to the studio for restoration and the manpower and machinery required all add up. Also, a quality stained glass studio employs extremely talented artists–which cost money too.  But all of this is worth every penny for renewed windows that last centuries to come. 

Benefit 2:  Stained Glass on Churches Has A lot of Value

After restoration, the value of a stained glass window can sometimes double or triple.  While added monetary value is wonderful–to churches there is deeper value. Stained glass windows in churches are dear to most congregations.  They have witnessed a lifetime of events for many parishioners–giving them added sentimental value. Furthermore, if you stained glass windows are antique–they will likely have historical value too.

There are just a few of the benefits that make it worth it to have your stained glass restored.  If budget is an issue, we can help with ideas for finding or raising the funds for your church’s stained glass via grant and/or fundraisers.  Contact us Church Stained Glass Restoration today to talk to us about your church stained glass and to schedule an on-site estimate.

How to Tell if Your Church Stained Glass is Ready for Repair, Restoration, or Replacement

February 5, 2019 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Church stained glass plays such a significant role in every community. It creates a constant ray of inspiration during sermons, personal prayer sessions, and services. Not only does religious stained glass offer so much sentimental meaning for flocks, it also provides historic and antique value. Preserving these works of art throughout the nation is important for so many different reasons. Does your stained glass need a little love? Not sure if it’s ready for repairs, restoration, or replacement? Here are some signs!

Indicators for Church Stained Glass Repair, Restoration, or Replacement

Minor scratches and surface damage usually requires repair– these repairs can be completed without removing your stained glass windows. Restoration is required every 75 to 100 years, giving churches a good time frame for planning. If you see any cracks, missing pieces, discoloration, disintegrating lead, softened lead, etc. these are all indicators that your stained glass is ready for restoration. Restoration is needed before too much damage occurs and replacement becomes the best financial option. While most stained glass can always be restored for a price, there comes a point where replacement can be less expensive than restoration. A cost-benefit analysis can be completed by a professional stained glass artisan, showcasing which option is cheaper.

Finding the Right Stained Glass Studio for Your Church Stained Glass Restorations

Church Stained Glass Restoration is the industry leader in repairs and restorations. We’re happy to evaluate your stained glass to help determine if you need in-house repairs, full restoration, or complete replacement. Choosing the wrong stained glass studio can lead to further expenses and an unsuccessful outcome. Experience proper, meticulous restorations that can add another 100 years to your stained glass’ lifespan. Our renowned techniques can restore stained glass from any time period.

For more information regarding church stained glass repairs or restoration, please contact us!

Why You Should Do A Painted Church Tour When Visiting Texas

January 29, 2019 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Painted Church Tours In Texas

An absolute must when visiting Texas is to go and see the legendary “Painted Churches” which are the pride of the state. Painted churches are historic chapels and churches painted by German and Czech immigrants, in bright colors and bold patterns to celebrate their continued success as a pioneer and to keep spirits high in times of trouble. Better than visiting a single church– book an entire tour with the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce. They have a wealth of knowledge about the area’s painted churches and will provide you with one of the most spectacular tours Texas has to offer. They are also well rated on Trip Advisor and other review sites–so you know you will get your money’s worth (typically a $10 fee) As stained glass professionals here in Texas, Church Stained Glass Restoration appreciates the preservation of such amazing historical treasures like the painted churches. So much so, that we decided to write about a few of the best churches included in the tour and their stained glass windows too.

Stained Glass Treasures In Texas Painted Churches

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

This gorgeous vintage church is Nicknamed the Pink Church. Built in 1907, it is technically the third church built on this site since the two before it was destroyed by natural disasters. The current stained glass windows are simple but breathtaking with hints of the previous Gothic Revival-style of architecture they were built in.

Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Dubina, TX)

The Saints Cyril and Methodius Church were actually designed by is famed architect Leo Dielmann after the original church was destroyed in 1909 by a hurricane. Dielman’s designed 100 churches in Central Texas and it is easy to see why he was so sought after as the stunning stained glass in Saints Cyril and Methodius is surrounded by the most beautiful interiors of almost any Texas painted church.

St. Mary Catholic Church (High Hill, TX)

St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill has a brick exterior with a wooden interior unlike many other churches in the area. This is due to church leadership encouraging communities to build churches out of brick or stone since so many were destroyed by storms and fires. St. Mary was also designed by famed church architect Leo Dielmann and, in fact, was the first church designed by him. Once again his Gothic Revival style is evident by the decorative painting on the ceilings and even the stained glass in said Gothic style.

Here at Church Stained Glass Restoration, we have restored a number of churches similar to the amazing chapels above. As restoration experts, we cherish the long church and stained glass history in the state of Texas and would love to work with your church if the need is there. For more information on stained glass repair or restoration in all of Texas, contact us today!

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