Is Stained Glass Restoration Worth While?

Posted March 20th, 2023 by Nick Woodward

To churches across the United States and here in Austin that are looking to restore their religious stained glass, you may be taken aback by the associated costs. Restoration is a complex process requiring considerable effort and expertise. It can be time-consuming if the repairs are extensive. But some repairs only require what are called “drop-in repairs,” where we come to your church and repair it in its frame. However, even though the cost and time are a factor to consider, rest assured there are wonderful advantages to make every penny well worth your while!

 Stained Glass  Restoration as an Investment

Investing in restoration for stained glass is worth the effort due to its equity potential. Before a work of stained glass is restored, it will be valued much less than if it were refurbished; similar to how renovating a home increases overall value and appraisal price. Restoring antique stained glass can add substantial financial reward with its increased appraised value.

The natural deterioration of stained glass leads to the need for restoration every 75-100 years. This time frame may be shorter if your stained glass experiences damage from vandalism or hazardous weather conditions. Investing in restoration is a much more economical option than a complete replacement, especially when considering churches and other religious establishments with larger windows. To extend the life of your stained glass, opting for restoration is an absolute must; otherwise, it will eventually require full replacement due to continued deterioration over time.

This city’s Stained Glass Specialists

We are thrilled to be the go-to experts in stained glass investments, servicing all 50 states. Churches around the country come to us for assistance preserving these masterpieces of art through our industry’s best restoration process – ensuring your stained glass stays in its original condition for centuries more!

For more information regarding your Austin stained glass investment, please contact us! We are always happy to send someone out to look at your stained glass in person. At that time we can give you a good idea of what type of repairs you will need. We can then go on to work up an estimate of exact costs and timing for your Austin church members to review before making a decision.

3 Big Ways Stained Glass Makes Your Fort Collins Home More Valuable

Posted June 1st, 2018 by Martin Faith

How Stained Glass Affects The Value Of Your Fort Collins Home

It is well known that stained glass is lovely and adds elegance to any home on which it sits. However, what you may not know is just how much-stained glass can be worth to you. That’s right, stained glass windows both hold their value extremely well and increase the value of your home. Stained glass impacts the value of your home in three main ways, which we have gone into detail about below. How Stained Glass Affects The Sale Of Your Fort Collins Home

Stained Glass Windows Increases The Sale Price Of Your Home

Stained glass a notoriously good ROI and is widely known to help homes appraise for much higher than homes without stained glass installed. In fact, when you pay $300 for a stained glass window you can expect it to appraise at $3000 in market value. Many stained glass windows appraise for more than $100 per square foot. So, by investing a little in stained glass today, you can be sure your home holds its value and gains a significant amount too!
Stained Glass Windows Gives Your Fort Collins Home Curb Appeal:
Buyers always look for curb appeal in a new home. The bright, beautiful and highly visible appearance of stained glass from the outside (especially stained glass in entryway windows), entices buyers and gives them a favorable view of your home. The result is, it potentially pushes buyers towards purchasing your home.

Stained Glass Windows Give Your Home A Higher Perceived Value

The actual value of a home is a real number that buyers take into consideration when purchasing a home. However, there is also something called the “perceived value”: what people believe it to be worth. Stained glass indubitably increases the perceived value of a home both because of its beauty and potential for becoming an antique. Studies show that even if two homes have the same actual value, buyers think of the home with stained glass to be more valuable. In which case they are more likely to bid higher and/or get into a bidding war.

Watch this customer testimonial to see just how much customers love their stained glass windows.

For more information on how stained glass will increase the value of your home, contact Scottish Stained Glass today for a free consultation!

A Guide To Stained Glass Appraisal

Posted October 26th, 2017 by Martin Faith

How Stained Glass Is Appraised?

We often talk about how stained glass windows add value to homes right here in the Colorado Springs area and in other cities across the country that we serve. How stained glass adds value is based essentially on how the glass appraises. You may think appraisals are only something for galleries or auctions but in all reality, regardless of whether you are talking about an antique stained glass window, a stained glass window built in the last twenty years or a church stained glass window, appraisals are relevant, accessible and something you may want to consider for insurance policies or to help with an estimate for the sale of a home. So how are stained glass windows appraised? Find out the basics below!

Who Can Appraise My Colorado Springs Stained Glass Window?

As we mentioned stained glass appraisals are very accessible–especially in the age of the internet.  Regardless of location: church, synagogue or home, it can be appraised by a professional from the American Consultation of Stained Glass. They can found online at

What Do Stained Glass Window Appraisers Look For?

Appraisers look for a variety of features when determining how much stained glass windows are worth. Below are some of the key elements that can increase or detract from the value of your stained glass.

Stained Glass Design: Ex: Are the pieces painted/fired with stencil designs or are they straight colored glass? Did the artist use straight lines or varied lines? Varied lines involved more time and effort to cut the glass, therefore making it worth more.

Stained Glass Construction Techniques: will also count the layers used– some use two layers; some use four. Is there custom painting design involved or just simple leadlines and no design? Are there any medallions, figures or symbols used in the design? These are some of the things appraisers will look at when determining value.
*Note: Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to stained glass elements–smaller stained glass pieces used in a window compared to larger pieces, that automatically increases the value.

Stained Glass Artist:  Appraisers will consider who made the glass, also, when and where.  This is because, just like with high-end art, certain names command more respect and money in the stained glass world.
Stained glass Age:  Age matters, as well. Typically the older the window the more it’s worth as it is harder to replace.  The rarer something is, the higher price it will always command.

Stained Glass Condition: Finally, appraisers will look at the current condition of the glass to see how good (or damaged) it is, as well as the presence of or lack of a protective coating.

As with most things, there are plenty of factors that go into determining the value of stained glass windows–and estimates will even vary from appraiser to appraiser. If you have any questions on stained glass appraisals or are thinking about adding a stained glass masterpiece to your Colorado Springs home or church, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

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