How Much Does it Cost to Repair Stained Glass?

Posted August 6th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Seeing any damage or deterioration can be troublesome for a variety of reasons. When it comes to repairing and restoring stained glass, the number one concern is usually pricing. Property owners looking to repair their stained glass often look for pricing over the phone. It is impossible to give accurate pricing over the phone– an on-site assessment is always needed. Assessments of your stained glass give the artisan the opportunity to diagnose the factors that have caused this damage while creating a custom-tailored repair or restoration plan. Unlike some other services, pricing isn’t straight forward. There are many variables that go into repair and restoration pricing.

Signs that Your Stained Glass Requires Repair or Restoration Services

The first step is knowing when your stained glass needs repair or restoration. If you notice any signs of damage or deterioration, the more proactive you are the more money you can save. Deterioration can show up throughout the glass and lead framing, making it important to be able to identify these symptoms. If you notice any damage throughout the glass including cracks, missing pieces, warped shape, discoloration, etc., your stained glass is probably ready for repair or restoration. If there’s any damage throughout the lead or zinc cames, you’ll notice a soft-to-touch texture, brittle joints, or even a white film that results from lead oxidizing. There may even be discoloration or yellowing of the exterior plexiglass– all these are signs that your stained glass is ready for some love and care.

Repair vs. Restoration

Repairs are typically done on-site and can be completed for mild to moderate damage. In some cases, restoration may be completed on-site as well but this is really determined by a case-to-case basis. Restoration typically requires removing the entire stained glass window and taking it back to a stained glass studio. If your stained glass has a significant amount of damage, restoration off-site is definitely recommended since this process can be quite time-consuming. Temporary windows will be installed in place of your stained glass if it has to be removed.

Stained Glass Restoration Pricing for Dallas Properties

Stained glass restoration pricing is based on numerous factors. The condition, size, and severity of damage are the main factors. While stained glass restoration is often around $200 to $500 per square foot, restoration can restore antique value bringing your stained glass window to $1000 to $2000 per square foot during the appraisal. A restored stained glass window has the potential to bring more value to your overall property, adding both historical and antique value. During the restoration, every component is restored from painted glass pieces to the lead came. This labor-intensive process can take around a month per window.

The Stained Glass Restoration Process

Stained glass windows are typically removed and carefully transported back to our repair studio. We soak your stained glass for up to two weeks in a proprietary bath in order to remove grime and dirt buildup. This also allows us to easily disassemble everything piece by piece. All glass pieces in good condition are cataloged and stored until later. Any damaged pieces are replaced with a perfect match. Our artists will do everything necessary in order to create a perfect color match– from custom glass blowing to layering colors of paint. If your stained glass has any painted elements, we’ll replicate the brush stroke and technique. A new lead came is also created– we use a zinc mixture for optimal strength and set everything with black cement. When the cement has dried, we’ll polish the stained glass and can either install it in a SIG or install an exterior protective glass. Once re-installed, clients are often stunned by the new condition.

Work with Dallas’ Trusted Stained Glass Repair and Restoration Studio

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the trusted stained glass repair and restoration studio in the Dallas area. We’re happy to provide consultations and on-site assessments. For more information regarding stained glass restoration, please contact us!

What Are The Different Types of Stained Glass?

Posted August 5th, 2019 by ssgadmin

In the world of stained glass, not all windows are created the same. In fact, there are an amazing amount of techniques involved in making these lovely pieces of art. Likewise, the techniques used to create the stained glass for your Salt Lake City or church depend largely on the stained glass studio you choose for the work. However, most stained glass studios, like ours here at Scottish Stained Glass, are familiar with multiple techniques. So, if you have a particular piece of stained glass that you just love, be sure to take in photos or provide links to these pieces, to help your artist visualize a final piece with your inspiration in mind. Here at Scottish Stained Glass in Salt Lake City, our 25+ years of experience have given us the ability to create a stained glass window for your home or church in nearly any technique or style. Below are just a few of our favorites for creating the masterpieces we are known for. 

5 Gorgeous Stained Glass Techniques

  1. Bevels Stained Glass: An extremely popular style of stained glass, beveled glass allows in an abundance of rich prismatic natural light. The usually ½” angled border is what allows this magnificent refraction and is created by grinding and polished on the topside edges of clear glass.
  2. Opalescent Stained Glass: Created by Opalescent John Lafarge in 1879 but most notably used and perfected by the Tiffany stained glass studio, this glass is milky in appearance. It involves two colors swirled together and allows for one-of-a-kind creations since no two pieces of glass are the same.
  3. Leaded Stained Glass: One of the most traditional stained glass styles, leaded glass makes up some of the finest stained glass pieces of all time. It is called “leaded’ because each individual piece of glass is separated/connected by a thin line of piped of lead caming.  
  4. Color-Blocked Stained Glass: Color-blocked stained glass is wonderful because of its simplicity. The artist used blocks of color to create lovely patterns typically with bright, attractive hues. These blocked designs have the added ability to be modern or vintage depending on the layout. 
  5. Painted Stained Glass: This type of glass has incredible depth and durability in its coloring because the colors and even shading is painted on to glass pieces and then fired. Once these shaded pieces are put together in a stained glass masterpiece the artist can produce greatly detailed pieces, including human faces, animals, flora and more.

If any of these types of stained glass techniques interest you for your Salt Lake City home or church, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass to review these and more. We would be happy to work with you on a stained glass masterpiece all your own! Plus we do repairs and restorations too!


How Much Is My Stained Glass Window Worth?

Posted August 2nd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained glass is such a beautiful medium that offers both beauty and function. It can be found throughout residential, commercial, and religious properties, offering sentimental and historic value. Stained glass can add significant value to your property if properly maintained and in good condition. One of our most frequently asked questions is, “How much is my stained glass window worth?” Answering this question requires experience and training. Value is also based on numerous, different factors.

The Factors that Determine the Value of Your Stained Glass Window

There are many different factors that go into determining the value of your stained glass window. Age, technique, style, condition, and material all need to be analyzed in order to provide an accurate appraisal. The condition of your stained glass is really important for value. Many unrestored or damaged stained glass windows are highly impacted in terms of value. Restoration makes a considerable difference in antique value, making it a worthy investment if you’re planning on keeping your stained glass window. Restoration can drastically improve overall property value as well. Depending on all the other variables, many antique stained glass windows can be valued between $2000 and $100,000. This number can be a lot higher for certain glass manufacturers like Tiffany stained glass– their value usually ranges between $25,000 and $150,000.

Work with the Stained Glass Appraisal Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to provide the most accurate stained glass appraisals. We’re able to provide appraisals over the phone if proper documentation and images are emailed to us. Whether you’re looking to determine if your antique stained glass is worth restoring or you’d like to create a more valuable stained glass investment for your property, we’ve got you covered. Work with our restoration and custom stained glass experts!

For more information regarding stained glass appraisal, please contact us!

How Much Is My Stained Glass Worth?

Posted August 2nd, 2019 by ssgadmin

If you have stained glass on your home or church, it is something you likely cherish because of its impact on your life. Whether it is because you simply love the afternoon light as it passes through or the fact that the stained glass has played a part in the goings-on in home/church–it is probably invaluable to you. However, the reality is, stained glass does have a very real price. Like any piece of art, how much the stained glass in your Fort Worth home or church varies considerably depending on several factors. Below we have listed a few of the most important determiners of how much your stained glass windows may be worth.

The Design Of Your Stained Glass Influences Its Value

To begin, how your stained glass was designed in the first place influences its value. For instance–are cut from a single sheet of colored glass and held in by lead or are they painted/fired with shading? Painted glass can be very valuable and should be looked at by an expert to confirm. The type of lines used also add to value. Very intricate lines and curves are worth more than basic straight lines. The more detailed the piece the more it’s worth. something’s Layers are also something that increases value and the more layers used, the more the glass is ultimately worth.

The Age Of Your Stained Glass Influences Its Value

Like any piece of art from history–very old pieces are generally worth more. Once your glass is over 100 years old it is officially an antique and will begin accruing value faster. However, when it comes to stained glass in your Fort Worth home, remember, stained glass could appraise for about 10x the cost of your original glass. Meaning, if you paid $500 for an entryway window–it could easily add up to $5,000 to your appraisal.

The Condition of Your Stained Glass Influences Its Value

The fact of the matter is–stained glass is only as good as the condition it is in. Even if your stained glass is very old, if it lacks luster and is riddled with cracks–it won’t appraise for very much. However, stained glass is something that can be restored to a nearly new condition. Meaning, it is well worth the time, energy and money of having your church or home stained glass restored to preserve its value.

Who Created Your Stained Glass Influences Its Value

Much like any piece of artwork–the artist often lends value. Here in the United States, there were quite a few remarkable glass studios around the turn of the last century. Glass made by a famous artist or a cutting-edge studio both have value. For instance, Tiffany stained glass windows depending on their size and condition can for $25,000 to $150,000.

For more information on stained glass value or to have us assess your Fort Worth Stained Glass, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass to schedule an appraisal!

Getting Started With Stained Glass Restoration in Dallas Historic Buildings

Posted July 30th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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There’s no denying that stained glass windows are sturdy architectural features. They’re truly built to last. Though the glass itself is delicate, its encased in stiff strips of lead and robust steel bars. Even in the face of severe weather, they’re known to be quite tenacious.

But even so, there comes a point where all stained glass needs a little TLC. After years of sitting in the sun and rain, and being pushed against by the wind, the frames and connective pieces start to wear down. At this point, usually when the windows are half of a century old, they need to be cleaned and restored.

If you own a historic building that needs stained glass restoration in Dallas, you probably have some questions about how to get started. Who do you call? Where do you look? How do you even know if you need restoration work? In this article, we’ve provided some insight about how to get started with the process.

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