To Repair, Restore Remove: Antique Stained Glass Restoration


When it comes to stained glass that is more than 80 years old–decisions about long-term care and restoration need to be made.  Whether this antique stained glass is in your Fort Collins church, school or home–the questions are the same. You must ask and decide what the best course of action is. This usually comes down to one of 3 choices:  repair, restore or remove.

 When to Have Stain Glass Repaired

Stained glass should be repaired when the issues concerning the glass are minimal.  Things like cleaning chipped glass panels and small pieces of missing leading. Also, the glass should be less than 80 years old to only consider restoration.  This is because stained glass older than 80 years old likely has structural issues and needs to be restored. 

When to Have Stained Glass Restored

Stained glass needs to be fully restored about after the age of 80.  As it were, stained glass was only designed to last 80-100 years before needing restoration due to the materials makers had at the time.  When a stained glass is restored it is removed from your home or church and taken to our studio for repairs. This usually includes new caming, new support structures, new or restored glass panels, and a deep cleaning.

When to Have Stained Glass Removed

The very last resort for stained glass is removal.  This happens when the window as a whole is beyond repair.  In this case, there simply is no salvaging the window as a whole.  However, we here at Scottish can build you a spectacular new window to take its place that will last for 200+ years!

For more information on stained glass repair and restoration here in Fort Collins or for a custom stained glass inquiry, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

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