Stained Glass Restoration for Salt Lake City Churches, Chapels, and Cathedrals
There are a wide variety of houses of worship, large and small, throughout Salt Lake City’s beautiful neighborhoods. These religious facilities are adorned with some of the most lovely historic stained glass windows in the entire country. Stained glass, as a rule, begins to deteriorate around 75-100 years of age. However, there are many other factors that speed up the degradation of church stained glass, including severe storms, vandalism, and accidents that require immediate repairs to your church’s stained glass. Whether it’s because of natural aging or accidental breakage, repairing the stained glass in your church provides numerous benefits to your church’s congregation and even to the wider community by preserving a piece of local history for future generations.
Restoration Process For Churches In Salt Lake City
This first part of our restoration process is an all-important onsite assessment of your church’s stained glass windows. This step is imperative for helping us determine the exact scope of your project. Through this inspection, we will be able to give you precise pricing on restoration. During the inspection, we take stock of all the various causes of deterioration (which could be numerous) and then create an individual restoration plan for the stained glass your parishioners love so much.
All of our church restoration assessments include:
A restoration cost-benefit analysis
A project timeline from start to finish
A comprehensive estimate of repairs
Once your church committee or patrons decide to take on restoring your lovely church stained glass, we begin the process of carefully cleaning and repairing as much stained glass as we can right there in your church without disrupting your routine. Sometimes there is nothing we can do for your windows while they’re still in your church, but other times we can accomplish quite a bit of work without removing anything. It just depends on the age of your windows and the level of degradation to the glass and surrounding frame.
Next, we remove the pieces of glass that need offsite repairs. We do this with extreme care and expertise. With smaller pieces, this is usually a simple process and may only require a few of our skilled workmen and/or ladders. However, for those amazing towering windows, we often need to bring in special lift equipment and additional crews to make sure they are removed without breakage or incident. After the glass is removed, the individual pieces are transported to our studio where we begin our work.
Once your Salt Lake City church’s stained glass windows arrive safely to our repair studio, we start the work that will bring them back to their original life and luster. Each piece of historical glass is thoroughly soaked in a gentle but powerful nontoxic solution to remove the decades of caked-on dust and grime. Frames that are compromised are rebuilt or reinforced to give them years of new life. The most time consuming but “artistic” part of the restoration is the repair to the glass itself. In many cases, the glass pieces need to be skillfully reproduced to perfectly match the original glass of your church’s windows. However, it is well worth it when you see your stained glass looking as authentic as it does restored.
Finally, each and every stained glass fragment is delivered back to its original home: your chapel. Now our restoration crews will carefully insert the entire window or individual pieces to fit perfectly back in place. The crews always use the greatest care in and around your church space, and we strive to leave your chapel better than we found it. This step is by far our favorite and the most fulfilling because we finally get to see the stained glass back in its original setting looking as lovely (or lovelier) as it did so many decades ago.
Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass Restoration Experts
Church Stained Glass Restoration is arguably the best church stained glass repair service here in Salt Lake City and in the entire country. For decades, we have specialized in religious stained glass restoration for churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques, and we are a trusted partner for restoring the most treasured stained glass windows in this country. We specialize in both the old and new techniques needed to bring these works of art back to their original luster. Our services include everything from deep cleaning and minor chip repair to full restoration and entirely new glass.
Due to our breadth of experience, we are also well versed in the sometimes delicate process of working with church committees to bring about a consensus on repairs and repair budgets. If you would like, we have tips and ideas on fundraising to help get your Salt Lake City church the funds it needs to get the repairs done. With over two decades of church stained glass experience, we are truly experts in our field and would love to work with you on your church stained glass restoration or repair, large or small! Contact us for more information on church and chapel stained glass repair today!