Scottish Stained Glass Pricing Guide

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Stained Glass Pricing

A new stained glass window for your home is a wonderful accent piece that adds charm and character to any room. While making the decision to buy a stained glass window is an easy one, gaining an understanding of stained glass pricing can be a bit more difficult. However, we at Scottish Stained Glass, have put together an easy to understand pricing guide, to help you, the consumer, gain insight into how glass is priced, so you can make the best design decision for your home and budget. Since stained glass pricing is based on two elements: the size, which determines the base price and the complexity which determines the additional cost, one can begin to get an idea of how much their window will cost by understanding each of these costs and how the two factor together.

Determining The Base Price

Base Price (based on size): The size of the window is the first component to determine a base price for a stained glass window. The base rate depends on the size and type of stained glass you’re looking for. There are numerous factors that go into determining the base price.

Determining The Per Piece Price/Additional Cost:

The additional cost is based on the number and/or complexity of the pieces in your stained glass design. The complexity falls into 3 major categories and is priced accordingly.
Simple
A straightforward, usually geometric design with a limited amount of pieces (around 20 and under) and no specialty embellishments like beveling or etching.
Complex
A more intricate pattern that could include geometric and/or numerous curved design, with many pieces (20-100+) and few, if any, specialty pieces like painted or sandblasted glass.
Custom
This includes very complex or unusual designs, with numerous pieces and specialty items, which significantly drives up the price. (see specialty items below) Since these pieces tend to be so very custom, they are not priced per piece but rather charged per square foot., The additional cost is determined according to the parameters above and then added into the base price to give you an end cost per square foot.

Specialty Items:

In the wonderful world of stained glass, there are, of course, many specialty stained glass designs that often come into play, especially in the church and cathedral market, but are not altogether uncommon for high-end homes. These types of specialty items are almost always custom, are priced by the square foot and include:
Custom Beveled Glass: There are thousands of “standard” bevel shapes to choose that are very affordable. However, custom beveled glass shapes are specially manufactured–increasing the price dramatically. That being said, the effect of custom beveled glass is absolutely beautiful and well worth the money. From a custom bevel, you can expect two things: 1. to pay double the cost of a project and 2. To be absolutely thrilled with the stunning results.
Painted Glass: The images you see on church windows with the likeness of Jesus or saints, look life-like because the details are actually painted on by an artist and fired multiple times to achieve an intricate look. The cost of painted glass can vary, adding an additional cost on top of the aforementioned base cost.
Sandblasted Or Etched Glass:  These techniques are used to carve designs or textures onto the surface layer of glass, giving it a lovely, high-end look. The technique ranges from deep carving to light etching, can be simple or complex and single to multi-layered. The unique way this technique changes the glass and reflects the light is simply stunning and well worth the extra cost.

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Stained Glass Experts

As you can see, the cost of stained glass varies dramatically depending on its treatment and your own desires and tastes. However, the fantastic thing about stained glass is–it really can be designed to fit almost any budget. Our suggestion to our clients is for them to come up with a rough budget based on the base prices above and Scottish Stained Glass will be happy to guide you from there. We have been in the business of stained glass for over two decades and we know how to make our clients happy. You can rest assured, no matter what the design, simple or intricate, the beauty of stained glass will always shine through into your home, church or cathedral! Contact Scottish Stained glass today to discuss your ideas, budget and design options and to schedule a free stained glass estimate today!

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