Is Stained Glass Restoration Worth it?

Is Stained Glass Restoration Worth it?

Choosing whether or not to restore your church’s stained glass is a difficult decision. These inspiring connections to your church’s past mean a lot to congregants who are very attached to them. We frequently make the case for church stained glass restoration in Houston based only on the congregation’s affection for these relics. However, there are also more practical reasons to have it done.

Stained Glass Restoration Improves Glass Luster

Over time, the colors in your damaged stained glass windows may fade due to weather and dirt and debris accumulation. In fact, when we return repaired stained glass to churches, it appears brand new. Once the restoration is complete, the many hues look more vivid and deeper than before—restoring the window to its original splendor.

Stained Glass Restoration Reinforces Support Structure

Restoration of damaged stained glass windows isn’t only about aesthetics. It’s also about making sure your Houston stained glass continues to endure a long time. If your stained glass is more than 100 years old, the lead has most likely become brittle. Lead that is old and brittle will bend under the weight of the glass causing sagging and eventual failure. Modern lead additives are used in contemporary lead to extend the life of church stained-glass windows by 200 years or more.

Stained Glass Restoration Improves the Function of Your Stained Glass

We encounter stained glass flaws and fissures on a regular basis here in Houston. Stained glass windows, like any other window in your church, have a practical role to play. They keep bad weather out and heated and cooled air in. If you have a crack or hole in your church’s stained glass windows, they are not functioning correctly. This might result in increased energy costs or moisture entering your church to cause damage to interiors. When we replace stained glass, we use additional procedures to reinforce them—such as adequate ventilation and protective glazes/covers. These will aid in the performance of your stained glass within the building’s interior environment.

Contact us to learn more about how we restore windows and to book an appointment for a free church stained glass restoration consultation in Houston.

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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