To Repair, Restore Remove: Antique Stained Glass Restoration

Posted February 26th, 2020 by ssgadmin

When it comes to stained glass that is more than 80 years old–decisions about long-term care and restoration need to be made.  Whether this antique stained glass is in your Fort Collins church, school or home–the questions are the same. You must ask and decide what the best course of action is. This usually comes down to one of 3 choices:  repair, restore or remove.

 When to Have Stain Glass Repaired

Stained glass should be repaired when the issues concerning the glass are minimal.  Things like cleaning chipped glass panels and small pieces of missing leading. Also, the glass should be less than 80 years old to only consider restoration.  This is because stained glass older than 80 years old likely has structural issues and needs to be restored. 

When to Have Stained Glass Restored

Stained glass needs to be fully restored about after the age of 80.  As it were, stained glass was only designed to last 80-100 years before needing restoration due to the materials makers had at the time.  When a stained glass is restored it is removed from your home or church and taken to our studio for repairs. This usually includes new caming, new support structures, new or restored glass panels, and a deep cleaning.

When to Have Stained Glass Removed

The very last resort for stained glass is removal.  This happens when the window as a whole is beyond repair.  In this case, there simply is no salvaging the window as a whole.  However, we here at Scottish can build you a spectacular new window to take its place that will last for 200+ years!

For more information on stained glass repair and restoration here in Fort Collins or for a custom stained glass inquiry, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Beautiful Example of Using Stained Glass in Wedding Venues

Posted February 26th, 2020 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass is such a lovely adornment to homes and churches across the world. In fact, it is so gorgeous that using it only in architectural settings seems like a shame! That is why we decided to take a look at how to use such a beautiful art form in a wedding setting! It’s ability to reflect and refract colors and its ever-ethereal designs are only a few of the reasons stained glass should make an appearance at your upcoming Salt Lake City wedding this year!

A Stained Glass Wedding Backdrop

Finding stained glass to get married under a church is fairly easy to find. But what if you want an outdoor wedding or a more secular location. In that case, bring the stained glass to you. Stained glass wedding backdrops are something you should definitely talk to your wedding planner about. And if you can’t find something as extravagant as this one on Pinterest–try finding vintage stained glass panels to hang individually or grouped together as recommended by Martha Stewart.

A Stained Glass Cake

Ok, so maybe finding the right stained glass backdrop at the right price was too difficult but you still love the stained glass wedding look. Well, something a bit more affordable and easier to source is a stained glass cake! They are gorgeous as you can see here and likely just as delicious! Your guests will be talking about your unique wedding cake for years to come!

A Stained Glass Seating Chart

Every bride is on the lookout for a fresh new idea for a seating chart. Making something so mundane into something people will be pinning for ages is definitely high on the wedding priority list. So, an absolutely fantastic idea is using stained glass to put those seating charts on. Just look at this stunner here. It grabs your guest’s attention and artfully points them to their place at your trend-setting wedding reception.

Here at Scottish Stained Glass in Salt Lake City, we have a ton of ideas on how you can incorporate stained glass into any event, home, church or business. Contact us today for a free consultation and some stained glass suggestions!

Is Stained Glass Restoration a Cost-Effective Solution?

Posted February 24th, 2020 by ssgadmin
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/tion Perhaps one of your members recently pointed out a crack in your church’s stained glass windows. Or maybe you’ve noticed that the colors aren’t shining as bright as usual. Either way, you knew something was off.

So you called in the experts and they’ve confirmed, you need stained glass restoration. But in San Antonio, hiring a professional to fix your windows can cost thousands of dollars.

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Can Restoring Stained Glass Pay for Itself?

Posted February 23rd, 2020 by ssgadmin
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When churches come to us in need of stained glass restoration, they often have a lot of questions. Of course, they’re concerned about the well-being of their stained glass. Oftentimes, the stained glass has been part of the church for a very long time. But they’re also concerned about the cost. They wonder, how much will the church have to pay for repairs? Is it worth all of the hassle and expense?

Because of the abundance of misinformation online, churches often have no idea what to expect. Meanwhile, the stained glass may have deteriorated to the point where pieces are falling out. They come to us stressed out and looking for answers.

We’re here to put these worries at ease. Yes, stained glass restoration will cost your Houston church some money, but it could be worth it in the long run. In the end, you may benefit financially from the investment. Here’s how.

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Is Restoring Stained Glass in San Antonio Churches Worth the Investment?

Posted February 19th, 2020 by ssgadmin

Churches often come to us here at Scottish Stained Glass in San Antonio wondering what their stained glass is worth. It is a perfectly acceptable inquiry because many stained glass windows are actually worth money. This is due to age, artist or historical value. While these windows may have more value– the fact of the matter is most older church stained glass windows desperately need restoration. Whatever the window may be worth now, fully restored, it will simply be worth more.

Restoring Stained Glass in Churches Preserves It For Future Generations

One of the main reasons San Antonio church stained glass is worth restoring is because it is an integral part of your church’s history. This history is ripe with stories about the people’s lives who made your church what it is throughout the years. Things like weddings, funerals, and baptisms all occurred beneath your church’s aged stained glass–giving them deep sentimental value too. We often find parishioners want to keep intact for future generations to enjoy more than they care about the cash value. However, there is an element of monetary value as well.

How Does Restoring Stained Glass Increase Its Value?

The concept behind restoring a stained glass window is–stained glass, unlike many antiques, is worth more after restoration. With a typical antique restoration is not always a very smart idea. The untouched state is often more desirable than a renewed one. With stained glass windows though–the risk of losing them completely due to deterioration is much higher than the risk of having them restored. Windows built more than 80 years ago were only built to last about 80-100 years. Therefore the longer the restoration is neglected–the more value the windows will likely lose. The issue then becomes not if they should be restored but who to have restore them. Because ultimately a qualified restoration company that will increase their value through a job well done.

Why Hire A Skilled Restoration Expert For Your Stained Glass?

Just like any antique item–time takes a toll on stained glass. To restore these treasures it takes a skilled hand. In fact, it is very important to find the very best and experienced when it comes to stained glass restoration. In fact, an improper restoration could damage or destroy your church’s stained glass and decrease the value. Here at Scottish Stained Glass in San Antonio, we are the restoration experts you need to properly restore your church’s stained glass and give it more value. We are happy to travel to you to appraise your church’s stained glass and give you pricing and a timeline on the job. Contact us today to find out more and to schedule an appointment!

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