Restoration Process For Fort Collins Churches


So you’re ready to begin restoration on the stained glass of your Fort Collins church but you are unsure what to expect.  Read below to find out just what will happen from the time we walk through your chapel doors to the moment we leave!

Church Stained Glass Restoration Begins with An Assessment

Our restoration process always begins with an on-site assessment of the condition of your stained glass. This a key step to help us understand the exact scope of the project and to ensure we give you precise stained glass restoration pricing.  We consider things like glass deterioration, structural deterioration, dust and debris, and leading composition.  Then we come up with a custom-tailored plan just for your Fort Collins church

We Remove the Stained Glass to Restore It

When we begin the stained glass restoration we almost always carefully remove the glass and transport it to our studio for cleaning and repairs.  It really depends on the age of your windows and the degree of damage to the stained glass and surrounding frame.  But since old stained glass almost always has failing lead caming–this step is needed to do the job right.

We Restore the Stained Glass  

Once the window is carefully dismantled and transported to our studio we begin the stained glass repair.  This involves making a pencil lead rubbing of the window so we know which piece goes where after restoration.  We then remove the old leading because it is brittle and ready to fail.  Once the leading is gone we take the glass panels out and soak them for deep cleaning of years of debris and dust.  We then reconstruct any framing elements, replace broken or chipped glass panels, and put the new glass back in place.  We use modern leading techniques and materials on the newly reassembled window.  The good news is–modern leading could easily last another 200 years before needing to be replaced.

We Return The Lovely Refurbished Window to Your Church 

Finally, the “new” stained glass window is carefully loaded up and delivered back to its original home–your church.  Our restoration crew carefully replaces the entire window or missing parts.  The crews are sure to use care in and around your church space and leave your chapel better than they found it.  This step is our favorite because we get to see the outcome of all our hard labor in your lovingly restored church stained glass window.

For more information on church stained glass repair or restoration–contact us today!

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