Stained Glass Repair Solutions for Historic Temples in Salt Lake City

Posted March 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Church Stained Glass Repair In Salt Lake City

Utah’s beautiful capital of Salt Lake City is renowned as one of the most prestigious religious cities in the United States. Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City is home to the 19th-century Salt Lake Temple and the neo-Gothic Assembly Hall. It is a great responsibility to maintain and upkeep the majestic churches and temples that house such rich religious traditions.

One of the major elements of these historic temples is antique stained glass, which is now aging and deteriorating, unfortunately. Many of the church stained glass pieces were created 75 to 100 years ago and it is time to address repair issues with some of them.

Solutions for your Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass Repair

There are several solutions to church stained glass repair. The first step is always a free initial consultation with church stained glass repair experts. They will speak with church leaders and assess what needs to be done. In some cases, small repairs can be made right on site. If not, a strategic plan will be developed to remove the glass that needs reconstruction and it will be transported carefully to our studio where master craftsmen take over.

Once in our studio, your beloved stained glass is handled with the utmost care and concern. We order custom glass to perfectly match the existing glass in color, texture, and finish. We clean it with a specially made cleaning solution that restores the glass to its original beauty and shine. Then we reassemble the pieces with new lead caming that has the look of antique lead but is reinforced with modern technology to add greater strength and durability going forward. And last but not least, we install all our stained glass inside a clear pane of glass, to keep it protected from the elements for years to come.

Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass Repair

Repairing the beautiful and delicate stained glass in your Salt Lake City church may seem like a daunting task, but at Scottish Stained Glass we have been repairing stained glass for decades and have a special relationship with our craft. You can trust the church stained glass repair experts at Scottish Stained Glass for all your church stained glass repair solutions. Contact us today for a stained glass assessment!

 

How To Get Started with Stained Glass Restoration Fundraising in Colorado Springs

Posted March 11th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Tips On Fundraising For Church Stained Glass Restoration In Colorado Springs

Probably the biggest hesitation to getting stained glass restored here in Colorado Springs is the financial part. Most churches don’t have thousands of dollars set aside for such repairs and, understandably, have no idea where to get such vast sums of money. This is one of the reasons, we at Scottish Stained Glass are here to help. We have done a fair amount of church stained glass restorations across the country and have seen many churches successfully navigate the stained glass restoration fundraising process to bring their cherished windows back to life. Below we have listed a few tips on how to get started and, of course, we are happy to brainstorm with your Colorado Springs church individually to help you tap into local resources not outlined here as well.

Tap Into Your Church’s Enthusiastic Volunteer Resources

The first step in stained glass fundraising is mobilizing your church and working with those that are most supportive and enthusiastic about the process. This will help you throughout the process not just in the raising of the funds.

Decide Where You Want To Seek Out Funding

This may seem self-evident but some church’s we have encountered only want to get stained glass restoration funds internally from the church, while others are willing to seek help outside of it. Should you decide to look outside your church, be aware there are grants available from historical societies and even local businesses help out sometimes–especially if they are hosting events or matching contributions, not just writing a check. It is good to get the community involved in church stained glass restorations as preserving these windows is an investment in the community as a whole.

Get Creative In Your Stained Glass Restoration Fundraisers

Church stained glass is lovely and charming and as such can inspire great creativity and envoke participation across a number of channels. Of course, traditional fund drives like car washes, selling candy are great but something like a silent auction, involving local businesses or an ice cream social may stand out and garner more donations!

These are, of course, just a few ideas that we have seen churches across the county succeed in. There are so many things churches can do to get the money they need, including grant money. We advise you to call us for an initial assessment on your Colorado Springs church stained glass so you have a solid number to work for. Reach out to us today to schedule a visit and to take that first step toward preserving your church’s lovely stained glass.

3 Reasons Why Church Stained Glass is Well Worth Restoring in Denver

Posted March 11th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Church Stained Glass Value And Significance

If you have stained glass in your Denver Church and it is over 80 years old–it is probably time to have it inspected by a stained glass restoration specialist, like Scottish Stained Glass, to see if it is ready for restoration. The odds are it is. The reason we say that is–church and chapel stained glass created in the early part of the 20th century has a life of about 80-100 years. Knowing this, if you have church stained glass about this age, you probably need to have a conversation as a church body about whether or not stained glass restoration is something you may want to pursue. As such, we have listed 3 reasons why stained glass restoration churches, in general, is a good idea and well worth the effort.

Your Denver Church’s Stained Glass Has Historical Value

Stained glass in churches that is close to or over 100 years old was created in a magnificent time in Denver’s history. This was a time here in Colorado and across the US that saw many historically significant events and changes. As such, glass created in this era has deep historical significance and by allowing the glass to fall into disrepair or be removed all together robs not just your church but, Denver as a whole, historically significant artifacts.

Your Denver Church’s Stained Glass Has Sentimental Value

This is one of the biggest reasons churches turn to Scottish Stained Glass to restore aging stained glass windows–they are loved by the congregation. There is no doubt in our minds that when these lovely relics of the past were installed, the former members of your church, many gone themselves by now, worked hard to raise the funds to have them installed. This often translates into adoration and sentimental value in your church body to this day. In which case, it is well worth the time and expense of having your Denver church’s stained glass windows restored today.

Your Denver Church’s Stained Glass May Have Monetary Value

Not all antique stained glass windows are worth a significant amount of money in this day and age. However, depending on who made or which studio made them, they may well have a fair amount of value. There are many other factors such as the condition of the stained glass, the authenticity of former repairs and materials used in creating the windows that influence the current value. However, getting an assessment will bring some of these factors to life and help you decide it actual monetary value could be a driving force in having your Denver church’s stained glass restored.

For more information and to take the first steps of getting your Denver church’s stained glass restored, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

A Quick Guide to Cathedral Stained Glass restoration in Fort Collins

Posted March 8th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Church Stained Glass Restoration Next Steps

Thinking about getting your church stained glass restored and curious about how the process will work?  First of all, you are not alone and second, this is a great place to start. Because at Scottish Stained Glass we are arguably the country’s most prolific stained glass restoration company and more to the point–we love what we do.  Below is a quick guide on the next couple of steps and what we can help you achieve with your church stained glass windows.

  1. The Free Review On Your Church’s Stained Glass

The first thing we do is consult with you by viewing your church’s stained glass and making an assessment.  

This includes:

  • A report on the state of your stained glass
  • An estimate of scope, cost and time
  • A conversation about fundraising
  • Q and A time
  1.  The Restoration Of Your Cathedral’s Stained Glass

Once we begin the job we will, in many cases, remove your church’s stained glass window(s) from its frame.  Then, carefully wrapped, we take the stained glass and its corresponding structural parts to our studio. Here we do our restoration craftwork, including:

  • Cleaning your glass
  • Remove old leading
  • Fixing, chips, crack and/or replacing glass pieces
  • Re-assembling your church stained glass
  1.  The Delivery And Installation Of Your Chapel’s Stained Glass Windows

We finally bring your lovely, new/restored church stained glass windows back to your site and put them back where they have graced the walls of your chapel for decades.  This is our favorite part, since, we get to see these wonderful works of religious iconography back where they belong, looking more lovely, in many cases, than the day they were installed!

Stained glass is more than just our job here at Scottish, it is our passion too!  We just love bringing back these gorgeous works of art and preserving them for the next generation.  Contact us today on your Fort Collins church restoration and see our passion in action.

Read This if You Think You Kansas City Church Stained Glass Is Beyond Repair

Posted March 8th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Repair For KC Churches

Much of the stained glass across the country is turning 100 years old about now.  Meaning it is time for restoration and or thorough repair. Around a century is about when vintage stained glass on homes and churches begin to need repairs, due to the way it was built around the turn of the century. Now, if you think the stained glass on your KC church is beyond repair because of the way it looks, perhaps it is dingy, chipped and old, you will be pleasantly surprised when we say–it is probably not.  Read on to find out why.

Church Stained Glass That Is Old And Looks Lifeless Can Be Cleaned

Church stained glass and the surrounding lead are actually very easily brought back to their former life and luster with a thorough cleaning.  While the lead may look ugly and even when the glass has virtually no shine at all, our deep cleaning methods will amaze you. , We do cleanings both on and off your Kansas City chapel’s premises depending on what other repairs we need to do but one thing is for sure–  the brightness of the glass will blow you away, once our technicians are through.

Chapel Stained Glass That Is Bowing Or Sagging Can Be Restored

Many people see bowing wooden or steel frames on church stained glass windows and immediately think–all is lost.  We understand that when the support structure of religious stained glass windows start to bend, sag and bow, the stained glass can look pretty bad.  However, this is a challenge we deal with regularly. Not only do we rebuild the frame and structure of your church’s stained glass windows in our studio, but we also use modern lead additives to strengthen the stained glass–so it will last well over another 100 years and look great too.

Church Stained Glass That is Chipped, Cracked Can Be Repaired

Church stained glass that is chipped, cracked or missing can be a sad sight.  It may seem like the window is done for once a glass panel or many fall out. However, this is not a problem for our stained glass experts.  Some chips and cracks can be fixed right in the window. Other more seriously damaged windows will be taken to our studio and even the most obscure colored or textured glass pieces can be perfectly matched and re-installed into the window when we reassemble it.

If you love your Kansas City church’s stained glass but fear its time has come, make sure to contact us before having it removed.  There is often new life in that glass and experts, like us at Scottish Stained Glass are happy to consult with you on how to bring it out!  Contact us today for more info!

 

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