Church Stained Glass Restoration
If you’ve noticed any recent changes in the color or appearance of your stained glass windows, you may want to consider having them examined to see if they require restoration. Deterioration is a natural process that occurs to most panels as a result of exposure to the elements, gravity, and time. At Church Stained Glass Restoration, we have over 25 years of experience working with stained glass. We will be more than happy to inspect your stained glass windows and provide consulting for any recommended repairs or maintenance.
Our Restoration Process
After we complete the initial consultation, we begin the process of restoration. Restoration is a highly complex and technical procedure that involves several different steps. Below, we’ve provided a brief outline of the different stages of restoration to help you gain a better idea of what to expect for your project.
Stage 1: Preparation
Removal: The panel is delicately removed from the window or area of the church where it’s installed. A piece of temporary glass is inserted in its place for the meantime. Then, the panel is taken to our studio so that we can begin the necessary repairs.
Cleaning: Next, the stained glass is soaked in a bath of gentle cleansing solution. This helps to remove any dirt or grime and makes it easier to take apart the panel. Cleaning can take up to two weeks.
Stage 2: Restoration
Disassembly: A blueprint of the original design is generated using computer software, photography, or rubbings. Then, the panel is taken apart piece by piece. The glass is numbered and set aside.
Replacement: The glass is inspected to determine its condition. Pieces of glass that are badly damaged are replaced using matching colored glass from our inventory. Large broken pieces may be used to replace smaller damaged pieces.
Stage 3: Completion
Reassembly: Next, the panel is reassembled using the blueprint generated earlier in the process. The old leading is replaced with new leading of a matching profile. The lead joints are soldered, and the panel is cemented together. Steel bars may be added for reinforcement.
Installation: Finally, the panel is transported back to the church and reinstalled. A piece of low-e safety glass is fit over the top to ensure protection from the elements. The church can now enjoy its renewed beauty for another hundred years.
When it comes to restoration, it’s best not to wait. If you think that the stained glass windows in your building may require attention, we urge you to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team can restore your stained glass to its original beauty and preserve your treasured artwork for the enjoyment of many more generations.