Antique Residential Austin Stained Glass Restoration

Posted June 16th, 2019 by ssgadmin
antique residential stained glass restoration

Have you noticed a change in the appearance of your Austin antique residential stained glass? Restoration may be in your future.

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What We Look For In Our Stained Glass Inspections

Posted June 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Inspections In Kansas City

When a church here in Kansas City calls us to talk about their stained glass, they almost always have an issue already at hand.  It could be their stained glass is dull and lifeless or they have a small missing piece of glass that they would like replaced. It is almost always the case that we will want to come to inspect the stained glass ourselves to see what the problem is and what other problems there might be.  This is because when stained glass windows begin to deteriorate, it is almost always a cascade effect. Meaning, one issue is almost always tied to another and the issues progressively get worse. This allows us to not only tell you what is happening with your stained glass windows but what is likely to happen next.  Below are few things we will look for during an inspection, some innocuous, some indicative of a larger issue.

Stained Glass Inspections Points

Dull or Dirty Stained Glass:  Most stained glass windows in the KC area and across the US are in need of a good cleaning.  You will be shocked when you see your glass with life and lust when it was new. We can clean the glass in place of as part of a full restoration

Broken Stained Glass:  Stain glass, like regular glass breaks from accidents and even bad weather.  This type of damage is normal and not usually cause for concern unless linked to a bigger issue like lead degradation or sagging frames.

Gaps In Stained Glass: This is usually a sign that the structure of your stained glass is starting to fail and the lead is probably the culprit. Most of the time this is one of the first signs that restoration is needed or will be needed soon.

Cracks In Stained Glass: Cracks in stained glass come with the weight shifting over time, an object hitting the glass or the framing beginning to give way.  The issue with cracks is–they only get worse over time as the glass pieces rub against one another. Meaning it is time to start thinking restoration.

Bowing or Sagging Of Glass:  This is a fairly telltale sign that you need a full church stained glass restoration because it means the structural elements of the window are failing under the weight of the glass.  The window will fail sooner rather than later in this case and needs to be reinforced.

Missing or cracked leading:  Over time leads stretches and/or cracks.  We are at a point now where the lead on stained glass made 80 years ago is no longer secure.  If you are having lead caming issues, it is time to get your stained glass restored. The good news is, the new lead formula we use for stained glass restoration will last another 200 years before needing to be replaced.

Don’t’ wait to have your church stained glass inspected so you can formulate a plan for possible future restoration.  Contact Scottish Stained Glass today to schedule a visit from us.

How Long to Wait Before Beginning Stained Glass Restoration Process in Salt Lake City

Posted June 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Restoration In Salt Lake City

Having the stained glass on your Salt Lake City church repaired is not something most congregations look forward to doing, primarily because of the expense.  However, it is something that, once finished, every congregation we have dealt with has been overwhelmingly pleased they did. Beyond the new look of their restored stained glass windows, is the fact that they know their hard work, giving of time and money and efforts mean these amazing works of art will last another 5 generations. So, how long should your church wait before getting your church’s stained glass restored?  Well, if your glass is over 80 years old, the answer is not very long.

Minor Repairs To  Broken Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass

Small repairs like chipped glass or cleanings are not pressing but actually an easy fix if done sooner rather than later. We can tell you if we need to do small repairs with simple drop-in work– which entails cutting the came flange around the broken piece of glass at the solder joints then folding it back together. We can also inspect your window at that time to see if you need a larger restoration.

Repairing Cracks In Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass

For very badly cracked stained glass–the time for restoration is close at hand and replacing these pieces is really your only choice.  In these cases, we usually will remove and restore the window and the glass. We can do spot fixes on some smaller cracks but it is important to note: cracks in stained glass will enlarge over time as the edges grind against one another.  Also, cracks are usually a symptom of structural damage–which means you window may no longer be stable.

Repairing Structural Damage To Stained Glass

If you have a failing structure on the stained glass of your Salt Lake City church, it is not only time to have it restored–but past time.  This is because the structural supports like leading, frames and steel beams are critical to the window not collapsing. You simply cannot wait if you see bowing, sagging or prolific leading loss.  It is best to call a professional like us at Scottish and come up with a fundraising plan of attack to get those windows secured asap.

For more information on a restoration for the stained glass windows in your Salt Lake City church, synagogue or mosque, contact Scottish Stained Glass to schedule an inspection today!

Signs It’s Time To Restore Your Fort Worth Stained Glass

Posted June 12th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Restoration In Fort Worth

The truth is a stained glass is durable to a point.  As you may have noticed a lot of stained glass in the world is very old–proof that when stained glass is properly cared for it will last a very long time. However, most of the world’s stained glass is on churches and therefore has likely had constant tending from clergy and.or protective glazing.  Your Fort Worth home’s stained glass has likely not had the same treatment and therefore has been subjected to a constant onslaught of harmful aging factors: UV light from sunlight, extreme weather conditions, indoor and outdoor man-made pollution, and biological damage caused by pests.  This results in the panels becoming deeply encrusted with thick layers of dirt Therefore, at the very least, your stained glass window needs cleaning. But it could need a deeper restoration depending on a few easy to spot tell-tale signs of its conditions.

Signs It Is Time For More Than A Stained Glass Cleaning

While dirt and grime build-up is, by far, the most common service we perform on home stained glass here at Scottish Stained Glass, a fair amount of home stained glass needs more thorough restoration.  This is true, especially with very old windows (which tend to also be very valuable) or very large windows.

Sagging Or Bowing Of The Stained Glass Window

When there is a perceived bow on a stained glass window, it  means one or more of the following is happening

  • The lead caming is stretched
  • The attachment to the support structures is failing
  • The framing materials are in need of repair

In all these cases the window needs to be removed, re-leaded and the frame possibly rebuilt.

Visible Light Through Gaps In The Stained Glass Window

Gaps in the glass panels is another symptom of the leading being stretched or an issue with the support system.  Since we know the glass did not shrink or change size, the logical place for an issue is with wood or lead which over time move, stretch and need to be replaced.

Missing Or Broken Leading

Lead is the main part of stained glass windows that fail throughout the year.  The formula for leading today is a little different so, the lead on stained glass windows from this century could last 200 years.  However, lead from the 20th century will only last about 80 years before needing to be replaced.

All of these issues are ones we handle here at Scottish Stained Glass.  We would be happy to come to your Fort Worth home and inspect your stained glass windows for the things above and a few others to see if it is time to restore them.  Contact us today for more information on home stained glass restoration in Fort Worth.

Is The Glass In Your Dallas Home Antique?

Posted June 11th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Antique Stained Glass On Dallas Homes

We get a lot of questions about antique stained glass here at Scottish. And we couldn’t be happier! The more people know and understand about the beginnings and nature of their stained glass windows, the more likely they are to keep it in good repair. Since stained glass is an irreplaceable treasure to society–that is a great thing. While it is difficult for us to give you all the information you need to determine whether your Dallas home’s stained glass is antique and/or valuable, below we have listed a few of the things we look for in to determine it’s age and value.

The Style Of Your Dallas Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique

Stained glass, as it were, went through some pretty specific stylistic changes in its time here in The Americas. So, the style of your Dallas home’s stained glass window (if it is original) is a pretty good indicator. From Victorian style in the late 1800s to the Prairie Style of the early 1900s the look of your glass is a great clue to its origin

The Context Of Your Dallas Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique

Just like the artistic style of your glass is a good way to figure out when it was built, so too is the style and age of your home. If, for instance, you live in a late 1920s bungalow, the stained glass in your home, if original, is likely the same age. It would make sense then that this stained glass is Craftsman style, Green and Green Style or Art Noveau and is probably an antique

Small Inscriptions And Signatures Could Help Determine If It May Be Antique

While not all stained glass in homes here in Dallas come with any sort of marks or signatures on or around the glass–many do. In fact, you may not have noticed them or looked for them before. However, many studios and artists in older times affixed signature plates to their work. It would be in the lower right-hand corner. Not only will this give you clues as to who made it but, its age and value as well!

The best way to know more about the stained glass in your Dallas home that you have come to love is to have a professional, like us here at Scottish Stained Glass, come do an inspection. We can help you figure out more about your glass’s rich history and how to keep something so full of Americana value looking good and intact for future generations. Contact us today for more information.

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