Reasons To Restore Historic Church Stained Glass In Council Bluffs


Historical Church Stained Glass Restoration  In Council Bluffs

Here in Council Bluffs, we are lucky enough to have a ton of local old churches with stunning stained glass windows. As it happens many stained glass windows in churches and homes across America are reaching the age that they need to be restored.  This is because most stained glass church windows were installed in the early 1900’s and has a life of about 80-100 years before needing restoration. This makes our current decade and the next, the most likely eras for restoration. There are many reasons why a church in Council Bluffs would want or need to restore their stained glass windows–from aesthetics to monetary gain.  To find out the most common reasons for historical church stained glass restoration read below and to know whether or not it might be time for your church to have it done.

Reasons For Stained Glass Restoration On Council Bluffs Churches

Increased Beauty Stained Glass Beauty With Restoration

Stained glass, is an absolutely gorgeous art form.    And while you can probably appreciate your old stained glass windows, if they haven’t been cleaned in awhile — there is so much more to them than you can see. This is because, Throughout the years, environmental stresses and pollutants take a massive toll on the luster of stained glass windows, causing them to be cloudy and dull.  After most churches get their stained glass window restored and cleaned, they are almost always blown away at the depth and array of new colors they are now able to see.

Pro-Longed Life For Historical Preservation

Stained glass windows that are older than 80 years and have not been repaired in a while are in definite need of restoration–even if the glass looks ok.  The reason for this is almost always structural. The leading and wood on masonry frames are probably bowing or sagging to some extent and even if they are not,  the steel armature and anchors within likely need to be replaced by now. If you want to preserve the historical integrity of your church’s stained glass, and they are over 80 years old– you absolutely must have the leading, caming, anchors and seals restored.  The earlier you do it, the more likely it is you will be able to keep it closest to their original look and authenticity.

Increased Value Of Church Stained Glass After Restoration

There are many different types of values of stained glass windows:

Historical Value:  This is preserving pieces of your church history in Council Bluffs, IA and American churches for that matter

Sentimental Value:  This is the value your lovely windows have to your congregation, who has had many major life moments beneath them (weddings, funerals, and christenings)

Monetary Value:  Some church windows are worth money because they were made by a famous craftsman or studio–but most were not.  The best way to value your windows is to have an expert look at them and come up with a value.

While first two types of value will definitely increase when you restore your Council Bluffs church’s stained glass, the monetary value will only increase if your glass was valuable, to begin with, and this increase depends greatly on a proper restoration and staying true to original material etc.

For more information on stained glass restoration for your Council Bluffs, IA church, contact Scottish Stained Glass today.  We have studios across the country and can give you advice and pricing on your church stained glass repair project!

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