Stained Glass Restoration for Austin Churches, Chapels, and Cathedrals
Austin has many, diverse houses of worship throughout its beautiful neighborhoods and communities. From synagogues to cathedrals, all of these religious facilities feature some of the most gorgeous, historic stained glass windows. Stained glass begins to naturally deteriorate when they hit the ages of 75 years to 100 years old. These church stained glass windows can also fall victim to severe storms, vandalism, or more which speed up the deterioration process. Restoring your church’s stained glass offers countless benefits that empower your community and preserve antique value.
Restoration Process for Austin Church Stained Glass
When you begin to see signs of deterioration, it is important to reach out to a qualified stained glass repair studio. Signs of deterioration can include missing pieces of glass, cracked or damaged glass, disintegrating lead came, white dust appearing on the surface, discoloration, yellowing plexiglass, and more. Finding the right stained glass studio is pertinent in order to maintain the antique value and preserving your stained glass for another century.
Our restoration process begins with an on-site assessment of your stained glass. This assessment analyzes all the causes of deterioration in order to create an individually-tailored restoration plan for your stained glass windows. Our assessment will also include a thorough cost-benefit analysis, project timeline, and comprehensive estimates. Once you decide to undergo restoration, we carefully transport your stained glass to our repair studio. The stained glass windows soak in a proprietary soap mixture for up to two weeks. This process eliminates dirt and impurities that have built up over the last century.
We meticulously take your stained glass window apart in order to restore the damaged glass pieces. By matching these stained glass pieces with individual pieces from our comprehensive inventory, we find perfect replacements for anything damaged. If your stained glass contains hand-painted elements, our stained glass artisans will carefully replicate the precise technique. Once all of the glass is restored, we create new lead came for your stained glass window. Black cement is then forced into all the cracks for optimal structural integrity.
When the black cement is set and dry, we polish your stained glass window then re-install it back at your Austin church. After re-installation, congregation and clergy members are often shocked by the fresh, vibrant new look of their cherished stained glass windows.