To Repair or Remove: The Cost Benefits of Stained Glass Restoration

To Repair or Remove: The Cost Benefits of Stained Glass Restoration

Every stained glass window has a lot to offer.  Which is why stained glass windows tend to be very valuable. Whether it is because they are cherished by those who own them (in homes and churches) or because they are a valuable historical relic–stained glass windows have value.  However, as stained glass ages, it will need repairs–from filling in cracks to full restoration, this form of art requires maintenance. We often get questions about the cost-benefit of stained glass restoration versus just having it removed. As it happens, there are many cost benefits to restoring old stained glass from the monetary value of your glass to its value to your home, church or city.

 Weighing The Cost Of Replacing Vs. Restoring Stained Glass Windows

Deciding whether to restore, remove or replace a stained glass window is very much a personal decision.  But weighing the cost-benefit is an important part.

  1. How Restoration Affects The Monetary Value of Your Stained Glass Window: Restoring an antique stained glass window, especially an expansive one, can add up.  However, once they are restored, they end up being 4x more valuable than a new stained glass window. So, although removing and replacing a stained glass window may seem less expensive– it will be decades before its value matches that of a restored stained glass window. 
  2. How Stained Glass Removal Affects The Value of Your Property:  If you are thinking you want to remove a stained glass window in your church or home, you should consider how this will affect your property value. Keep in mind that your stained glass can appraise for upwards of $600 per square foot–depending on the size, style, condition and the studio that created it.
  3. How Stained Glass Affects Your City History:  Stained glass is one of those antique items that is often valuable historically.  This is because it is an amazing reflection of the time period in which it was built.  This is why, restoring stained glass rather than removing, is a way to preserve a piece of Denver Colorado Springs history!  We have found there are sometimes historical grants for the restoration of historical stained glass windows too! 

Colorado Springs Stained Glass For Your  Church Stained Glass Restoration

If the stained glass on your church or home stained glass shows signs of wear or is over 80 years old, we suggest having Colorado Springs Stained Glass do an appraisal ($500 minimum).  You can’t be too careful when it comes to windows like these. Stained glass should not be left in its original state because unlike other antiques, the damage will only grow worse and more costly to repair over time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


Martin Faith is a highly skilled stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. He has been studying the history, evolution, and techniques behind stained glass creation for over 35 years. Since 1991, he has been running his own stained glass studio based out of Colorado. Martin feels a personal connection to stained glass because of his Scottish heritage and has dedicated his life's work to its preservation and continuity. Using the same techniques which have been passed down for generations, Martin uses his expertise to create custom stained glass windows for Colorado Springs homes, businesses, and churches. He and his team have performed countless restorations for aging and antique stained glass and have produced over 50,000 original works to date.

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