Stained Glass Window Repair  In Historical Chicago Churches

Posted September 19th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Historical Church Stained Glass Restoration  In Chicago

Here in Chicago, we have so many beautiful, old churches with stunning stained glass windows and as it happens, most of them need are in need of restoration This is because most stained glass church windows were installed in the early 1900’s and have about  80-100 years before needing restoration. For this reason the current decade and the next, the most common eras for restoration to date in the US. There are many reasons why a church in Chicago would want or need to restore their stained glass windows but read below to find out the most popular reasons for historical church stained glass restoration.

Reasons For Stained Glass Restoration On Chicago Church’s

Increased Beauty Stained Glass Beauty With Restoration

Stained glass, is a lovely and aged art form.    While you probably appreciate your old stained glass windows, if they haven’t been cleaned in awhile — there is so much more to them than meets the eye. Why?  Because, throughout the years, environmental stresses and pollutants have taken a massive toll on the appearance of stained glass windows, causing them to be cloudy and dull.  After most churches get their stained glass window restored and cleaned, they are amazed at lown the new depth and luster of array of their once mundane windows.

Pro-Longed Life For Historical Preservation

Stained glass windows that are older than 80 years are definitely needed of restoration–even if the glass looks alright.  The reason for this is almost always structural. The leading and wood of the masonry frames may ge bowing or sagging to some extent and even if they are not,  the steel armature and anchors within these frames likely need to be replaced as time has taken its toll.  If you want to preserve the historical integrity of your church’s stained glass, it is imperative that you have the leading, caming, anchors and seals restored properly.  Also the earlier you do it, the more likely it is you will be able to keep it closest to their original look and authenticity.

Increased Value Of Church Stained Glass After Restoration

There are a variety of different types of values for stained glass windows on a church:  

Historical Value: The value of church stained glass is very high when it comes to history.  Preserving both the history here in Chicago and the US are both a result of restoring your church stained glass windows.  Once these windows are gone, so too is an insightful look into history!

Sentimental Value:  This is the value your beautiful old windows have to your congregation.  They have had many major life moments beneath these relics like weddings, funerals, and christenings, which makes them an important part of the church as a whole.

Monetary Value:  Some church windows are worth money because they were made by a famous craftsman or studio–but most were not.  The best way to value your windows is to have an expert look at them and come up with a value.

While first two types of value will definitely increase when you restore your Chicago church’s stained glass, the monetary value will only increase if your glass was valuable, to begin with, and this increase depends greatly on a proper restoration and staying true to original material etc.

For more information on stained glass restoration for your Chicago, IL church, contact Scottish Stained Glass today.  We have studios across the country and can give you advice and pricing on your church stained glass repair project!

 

When It Is Time To Restore The Stained Glass Windows In Your Historic Ada Church

Posted September 19th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Historic Stained Glass Church Restoration In Ada

It is becoming more and more common that stained glass windows on churches these days are historic relics. Since many are now antiques, the value of these windows is not simply measured in monetary value but the sentimental value and historical value too.  This is why, even if your church windows are not valued at a large amount of money, they still are likely to have a fair amount of historical significance and probably a place in the hearts of your parishioners as well. This is why keeping up with the maintenance of your Ada church’s stained glass windows is always a good idea for your church, should you want to please your congregation and preserve a piece of history.  However, did you know– the glass of your church’s stained glass windows is actually very durable and the part you really need to keep an eye on is actually the supporting frame and caming structures? That’s right–this is where we see the most failures and irreparable damage. Read below to find out a little bit on the maintenance needed on structural supports

Maintenance Of Stained Glass Frames On Your Ada Church

The maintenance on the frame and leading of stained glass is needed to prevent more serious problems like total failure and loss of the valuable stained glass panels in the windows.  The frame is the most critical part of any stained glass window to keep maintained regardless of what it is made out of. Sometimes this simply means regular painting and caulking, and an occasional replacement of the glazing compound.   Any competent church handyman can keep wood frames and masonry frames painted and caulked to prevent moisture from corroding the steel armature and anchors that may be within. However, any repair work should be done by a professional like Scottish Stained Glass.  Read below to find out when you should call one.

When It Is Time To Get Professional Maintenance On Your Ada Church Stained Glass Frames

If your Ada church’s stained glass windows are leaking water, are draughty, or even rattle this could indicate that the waterproofing cement (“waterproofing”) and sealants have deteriorated.  This is when professional maintenance or restoration is needed. The process involves glazing and sealants (e.g., putties, caulks) used to seal the leaded panel and any open joints around the window frame.  But, since leaded glass cannot be correctly waterproofed in place, you will need to call in a professional, like Scottish Stained Glass to remove the affected windows and do the needed maintenance on the surrounding windows to secure and reinforce.  We will also thoroughly clean your windows and you will probably be shocked at how vibrant they look after this is done. Keep in mind that, doing frame and came maintenance early is much less expensive than waiting for the leading to fall apart and then need to be re-leaded.  The releading process is timely and costly–so it is better avoided with prevention. So, if there is any question in your mind, it is best to have a stained glass window inspection on your Florrisant church and act quickly and fully on the needed repairs.

 

At Scottish Stained Glass, we are the experts in stained glass window repairs and restorations across the United States.  We have offices from coast to coast and would be happy to consult with your on your historic church stained glass. For more information or to get pricing on much-needed repairs to your antique church glass, contact us today!

Repairs To Cracked Or Broken Stained Glass On Your Springfield Church

Posted September 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Minor Repairs To  Broken Church Stained Glass and Small Cracks

Cracks in stained glass are fairly common, especially on older glass that has gracefully stood the test of time.  In fact, you have probably seen chips, cracks, and even broken glass here and there on the stained glass in your Springfield church when you inspect it from time to time.  As it were, minor repairs, like replacing a few pieces of broken glass here and there, can be performed while the glass is in place in its frame; for major repairs to stained glass windows, the entire window absolutely must be removed and the stained glass repaired in a professional studio.  However, small repairs are just fine as the window stands and are called drop-in work. We do both types of restoration expertly but drop-in stained glass repairs are something we, at Scottish Stained Glass, do quite frequently. It is a process that entails cutting the came flange around the broken piece of glass at the solder joints then folding it back to repair or replace the old glass.  We try to keep the original glass in the window whenever possible–but if necessary we are quite skilled at creating matching pieces in our studios.

Repairing Cracks In Springfield Church Stained Glass

Replacement is sometimes the only option for badly cracked stained glass.  In this case, the church stained glass window is best restored by removing it and replacing the glass.  Other times, small cracks can be fixed without replacing any part of the glass and while it is in place.  It all depends on where the glass is within the frame and how badly it is cracked. However, since cracks in stained glass will enlarge over time (as the edges grind against one another)  it is important to have cracks repaired as soon as you see them.t

Stained glass options for repair include:

Copper Foiling: One of the longest-running ways to repair stained glass cracks on church glass,  is usually the best option when a piece of glass has only one or two cracks. In this method a thin copper foil is applied along each side of the break, trimmed and soldered. Since the foil is so very thin, this has a minimal aesthetic impact on your Springfield church’s stained glass

* Please note: copper foil repairs should not be used on unstable glass

Epoxy Edge-Gluing: This technique results in a virtually invisible line and is, for this reason, often used on painted glass.  Epoxy is tinted to match the glass and it can also be infused into shattered glass or microscopic cracks. Epoxy produces a very strong repair but deteriorates in sunlight–so it usually requires secondary glazing to protect it from UV degradation.

Silicone Edge-Gluing: This repair method has the lowest strength and should be used when a flexible joint is needed.  Silicone repairs are easily removed, so they are really good for a quick fix but will do nothing for the long-term strength of your glass.  Additionally, they are unattractive and really useless long for the preservation of valuable church stained glass.

Although Scottish Stained Glass is based out of Kansas City, we have done many church stained glass repairs and restorations in Springfield and all over Kansas so, please, contact us today for more information and pricing on repairing and restoring the stained glass in your Springfield church!

Why Repairs Need To Be Made Right Away To Broken Stained Glass On Your Chicago Church

Posted September 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Minor Repairs To  Broken Chicago Church Stained Glass

Cracks in stained glass are fairly common and something you will start to see as glass ages.  The good news is–your glass has withstood the test of time thus far. Crack and broken glass can be a big deal if you look at your Chicago church’s stained glass and see chips, cracks, and even broken glass– you are not alone and it could be a simple fix.  Minor repairs, like replacing a few pieces of broken glass here are fairly easy to repair in the frame but major repairs are not. How do you tell which is which? By having a professional, like Scottish, inspect your church’s stained glass. We can tell you if we need to do small repairs called drop-in work which entails cutting the came flange around the broken piece of glass at the solder joints then folding it back to repair or replace the old glass or if a  larger restoration is needed. Regardless we try to keep the original glass in the window whenever possible–but if necessary we are quite skilled at creating matching pieces in our studios.

Repairing Cracks In Chicago Church Stained Glass

For very badly cracked stained glass–replacement is really your only choice.  In these cases, your Chicago church’s stained glass windows are best restored by removing them and replacing the glass piece by piece. However, at other times,  small cracks can be fixed without replacing the glass as it stands. It all depends on where the affected glass is located and the breadth of the cracks. It is important to note: cracks in stained glass will enlarge over time (as the edges grind against one another)  which is why it is important to have cracks looked at and repaired as soon as you see them.

Stained glass crack repair options include:

Copper Foiling: One of the oldest and most common ways to repair stained glass cracks on church glass.  It is usually the best option when a piece of glass has only one or two cracks. In this method a thin copper foil is laid along each side of the break, trimmed and soldered. Since the foil is so incredibly thin, it has very little aesthetic impact on your Chicago church’s stained glass

* Please note: copper foil repairs should not be used on unstable glass

Epoxy Edge-Gluing: This technique has an end result of almost invisible line and is, for this reason, often used on painted glass.  The reason why is because epoxy can be tinted to match the glass. This is also a great method for shattered glass or microscopic cracks.  Epoxy produces a very strong repair but deteriorates in sunlight–so it usually requires secondary glazing to protect it from UV degradation.

Silicone Edge-Gluing: This repair method has the lowest strength and is a quick fix used when a flexible joint is needed. However, it will do nothing for the long-term strength of your glass.  Luckily it is easily removed because it is unattractive and essentially useless long for the preservation of valuable church stained glass.

Although Scottish Stained Glass is a company out of Colorado, we have affiliate companies in the Chicago area to do church stained glass repairs and restorations here in Chicago and all over the Mid-West.  Contact us today for more information and pricing on repairing and restoring the stained glass in your Chicago church!

Beautiful Examples of Stained Glass for You Grand Junction Church

Posted September 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Choosing A Stained Glass Style For Your Grand Junction

Whether you Grand Junction Church already has stained glass that you are looking to restore or is thinking about adding stained glass to its chapel, you likely know little about the subject as of yet and what types of stained glass options are available for you since, stained glass for churches is a topic not many ordinary people know a lot about.  However, here at Scottish Stained Glass, it is our business to know all about our lovely artform and we would love to share some of our ideas and options available to you. Below we have listed some of the popular and pleasing stained glass examples to grace your Grand Junction church and please parishioners for years to come.

 

Types Of Stained Glass For Chapels And Churches In Grand Junction

 

Opalescent Glass

Opalescent glass is a piece of glass that in which anywhere from two to five colors are mixed together giving the glass depth and you a variety of color combinations. It contains a white opaqueness so that the glass is not see through it and it perfect for cathedrals and entryways.

 

Cathedral Glass

This type of stained glass is transparent and usually is singularly colored. As the name denotes this glass is often used in cathedral windows but is wonderful for pictorial scenes, symbols, and memorial plates too!

 

Hand-Stained Glass

Hand-stained glass is like the name implies stained/painted by hand.   It is typically reddish-brown or black. However, it is incredibly beautiful and lifelike because after an artist applies a layer of stain to a piece, they then carefully tap or brush in highlights–giving the piece great depth.  This glass works wonderfully with pictorial scenes depicting natural symbols or humans because of the amazing detail one is able to achieve.

 

Faceted Glass

Different from leaded glass, faceted glass has its own unique aesthetic.  This is because it is a thick glass where the surface is faceted or chipped.  Faceted glass is held together with epoxy which allows the spaces between the glass to vary if desired–allowing light to dance and play on the surface and giving it a very distinct look.

 

Scottish Stained Glass For Church Stained Glass In Grand Junction

 

All of these types of glass treatments are ones we use at Scottish Stained Glass, not only to create new church windows but in restoring windows to their former glory.  Reach out to us today for information and pricing on stained glass creation, installation or restoration on your Grand Junction church.

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