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North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida

Stained Glass Repair & Restoration

The Sarasota metropolitan region of Florida is home to a diverse religious body which includes Baptist, Episcopalian, Catholic, Lutheran, and Jewish communities. Unfortunately, many of Sarasota’s historic buildings, including its churches, were destroyed by the end of the twentieth century. This has made the preservation of the remaining churches and historic artwork within them a matter of upmost importance. Stained glass restoration offers a viable solution for preserving Sarasota’s historic church stained glass windows so they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Church Stained Glass Restoration has restored stained glass windows belonging to religious buildings of all types, including temples, churches, cathedrals, chapels, and synagogues. If you are in need of church stained glass repair or restoration in North Port, Sarasota, Bradenton, or the surrounding area, we would be honored to be part of your project.

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Stained Glass Restoration for North Port & Sarasota Churches

Stained glass windows are an eye-catching architectural feature. Often, they are a defining characteristic in the buildings they occupy. The historic preservation of a building often includes the restoration of its stained glass. Many churches also feel strongly about restoring their stained glass because of the value attached to it, whether sentimental or monetary. All of these are reasons that make restoration a worthwhile investment.

Once stained glass windows reach a certain age, their condition begins to decline. This occurs naturally as a result of gravity placing pressure on key structural components as well as oxidation and exposure to weather over the years. Often, repairs are necessary to prevent cracking and bowing and to keep pieces from falling out of place. With stained glass restoration, Sarasota and North Port churches can prevent further deterioration and preserve their beloved artwork.

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Restoration Process for North Port Church Stained Glass

Stained glass restoration requires time, skill, and experience. Because it is multi-faceted, it is often completed in phases. For large projects, it may be best to restore one window at a time. Because of this, it is not uncommon for the entire process to take several months or a full year to complete. That’s why it’s best to start the process as soon as possible, before the condition of the stained glass declines even further.

We begin this complex process with an onsite consultation. During this onsite visit, we will evaluate the condition of the stained glass and attempt to validate its age and value. Then, based on the necessary repairs, we compile a report that outlines possible courses of action. Once you inform us of your decision, we will begin the restoration process.

We always start by trying to complete as many of the repairs as possible without removing the stained glass. This saves time and money. However, we are limited to what we can do when working in this capacity. In most cases, we need to remove the stained glass to complete the repairs properly. The stained glass is then taken out of the window frame, brought to our shop, and soaked in a tub of cleansing solution.

After the stained glass has soaked for several days and the dirty has dissolved, we carefully take it apart. A CAD blueprint is generated, documenting the original design. Broken pieces of glass are exchanged for new ones along with any deteriorated lead caming. Then, one of our artists recreates the hand-painted details and the glass is fired in a kiln. After all this, the panel is put back together using new leading and cement. Then, it is cleaned and possible to prepare it for its return to the church.

Reinstallation is the final phase of this process. The stained glass is returned to the church and mounted in the window frame. Sometimes, a protective covering is added to prevent future damage. Once the stained glass and the covering have been secured, the process is complete.

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North Port, Sarasota & Bradenton Stained Glass Repair

In addition to full restorations, we also provide services for stained glass repair. If your church has been impacted by a flood, hurricane, storm, or vandalism, we will be happy to take a look at your stained glass.

Schedule Your Church Stained Glass Restoration Consultation Today

Church Stained Glass Restoration is committed to the conservation and preservation of Florida’s beautiful stained glass windows. Call today to schedule your consultation or get more information on our services.

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