How To Care For Stained Glass Windows in Your Austin Home

Posted April 10th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass Care For Austin Homeowners

Many homeowners with stained glass windows may not realize it but the glass in stained glass isn’t any weaker than that of any other window.  It is just much more difficult to manufacture, repair and replace, should something happen to it. Also, stained glass is a piece of art, meaning, you want to keep it looking its best for as long as you can.  It is for these reasons that it is essential to properly care for and maintain your glass. Below are a few tips as to how to do this and provided your stained glass was properly crafted in the first place, the stained glass windows in your Austin home could it 80-100 years before needing repair.

Combat Stained Glass Damage By Cleaning Your Glass

Regular maintenance is essential for the long life and luster of your glass.  Dirt and debris will build up on glass, just like they will anywhere else. This makes glass dull and could lead to so much build up that getting your glass’s clarity back is expensive and time-consuming.  A light brush with a duster or gently soapy water is all you need– and very little pressure.

Combat Stained Glass Damage With Regular Professional Cleanings

Having your stained glass cleaned by a professional once a year is a good idea, especially if you are one to forget monthly cleanings.  A professionally, like Scottish Window Tinting, has the right tools to reach high windows, the proper cleaning solvents, and just the right touch, so as not to scrub too hard and break the glass.  You will be shocked at the difference in the vibrancy of your glass after your professional cleaning is done and your stained glass is back to its original luster!

Keep An Eye Out For Small Damage

When weather gets rough it can cause minor damage to many things including stained glass.  Also, even though stained glass is durable, accidents happen or time takes its toll on your glass causing breakage, chips or scratches.   Thes smaller problems can be fixed easily and quickly and don’t cost a ton. However, if you wait until these become bigger problems, it could cost you a lot.  What may seem like a small fissure or divet now, could quickly turn into a bigger problem, so always keep an eye on your stained glass and inspect it regularly for damage.  If you see damage be sure to call a professional stained glass repair company, like Scottish Stained Glass, right away!

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Will Stained Glass Hold Up To Denver Weather?

Posted April 10th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Is Stained Glass Right For Denver Homes?

Many homeowners in the Denver area, when considering stained glass, are concerned about whether or not the climate of Denver is too harsh for it.  Not unlike regular glass, stained glass windows can be damaged and the issue lies in the fact that it is much more expensive to replace. The good news is, however, stained glass is very durable and holds up to regular weather quite nicely.  While hail is always a threat here, your stained glass is no more likely to break from hail as any of your other windows. Additionally, since Denver is so dry, it actually helps keep frames from rotting as quickly, which is usually where you will see the fastest degradation on a stained glass window. In all reality, a properly crafted and cared for stained glass will last 80-100 years before needing repairs.  For more information on what this means read on.

Well-crafted Stained Glass Windows Are More Durable

As we mentioned before a well-crafted stained glass window is very durable.  This includes the use of quality glass making and leading materials as well as a carefully constructed frame.  Another area where premature damage will occur is during the installation. If a stained glass installer does not thoroughly clean the glass, permanent smudges may be visible or, if moisture is trapped between the glass panel and an outer window water damage may occur.   What this really means though is– a stained glass expert, like us, is your first and best defense against your Denver home’s stained glass windows being damaged.

Stained Glass Maintenance To Prevent Damage

You can keep your stained glass from accruing damage by lightly cleaning it regularly to remove dirt and debris from dust and smog, inside and out.  These substances can dull the stained glass and reduces its natural luster. It is important to use the right cleaning agents and always be extra-light in your touch.  It is best if you, have a stained glass company deep clean your glass once a year too. Finally, if you see small cracks or chips or any sort of structural frame sagging, make sure to get your stained glass repair.  These little spots can turn into big, costly blemishes quickly.

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For more information on how to upkeep your stained glass or to have us come out and take a look at it for you, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

 

 

What Is The Difference Between Stained And Leaded Glass?

Posted April 10th, 2018 by ssgadmin

The Difference Between Stained, Leaded and Beveled Glass:

At Scottish Stained Glass we get a lot of questions from Denver homeowners about stained glass and frankly, we love to answer questions for potential and existing customers alike.  The questions range from ones about styles and colors to others about restoration and repair. One question we get quite frequently is from people wondering what the difference is between stained glass and leaded glass and if beveled glass falls into either of those two categories.  While in all reality, stained and leaded glass are more or less the same thing, we have gone into a little detail below about all three nomenclatures to set the record straight and inform you, the general public.

What is Stained Glass vs. Leaded Glass?

Most people in the US use the terms stained glass and leaded glass interchangeably.  While that is perfectly understandable and acceptable, in the stained glass industry we generally refer to stained glass as having color and leaded glass as being clear.  So, as it were, all stained glass can be referred to as leaded, all leaded glass is usually not referred to as stained. The difference, as you can see, is minute but knowing this may help you better communicate the design you are looking for on your Denver home.

What Is Beveled Glass?

Beveled glass is any piece of glass, almost always clear, that has an angled cut around the periphery.  This angled cut makes for a wonderful play of light of the glass and creates gorgeous depth and character.

What is Textured Glass?

Although leaded glass is clear and usually lacks color, it is by no means boring because it is often combined with textured glass pieces.  Textured glass pieces come in a variety of appearances from wavy designs called “water glass” to feathery textures called “glue chip”. Using textured glass in leaded glass windows is a great way to add a classic elegant feel to any area of your Denver home: entryways, bathrooms, kitchens and more!

 

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For more information about stained, leaded, beveled or textured glass, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!  We are Denver’s foremost stained glass expert and would love to help you with your stained glass project.

 

How to Create a Handcrafted Look with Stained Glass for Your Fort Collins Home

Posted April 5th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Fort Collins is known for its beautifully unique architecture featuring elegant homes throughout its many residential neighborhoods. One of the more popular looks homeowners strive for is the handcrafted aesthetic– adding that rustic touch to their home decorations and interior designing. Stained glass can help homeowners accomplish creating a handcrafted look in any Fort Collins home. This versatile application features endless colors, textures, and design elements.

Handcrafted Stained Glass Options for Fort Collins Homes

Finding the right investment for your Fort Collins home begins with deciding if you’d like a pre-made piece or custom made stained glass panel. Pre-made stained glass is perfect for those looking for a more budget friendly option. Our extensive selection of pre-made stained glass and antique stained glass panels offers a wide selection with that handcrafted feel. Our collection features colorful pieces, leaded pieces, as well as leaded pieces with little pops of color. Custom stained glass is one of our specialties– the sky is the limit when it comes to custom designing your own stained glass masterpiece. Our stained glass artisans are happy to sit down with you and help design a beautifully handcrafted piece for your Fort Collins home.

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Handcrafted Custom Stained Glass Process

We carry an inventory of over 10,000 individual glass pieces ranging from every color and texture. If we don’t have the perfect glass to accommodate your custom piece, we have it blown specially for you. Our local stained glass artisans sit down with you to create sketches of your design ideas then put those drawings into our rendering software in order to deliver finalized 3D images of your Fort Collins home with the potential stained glass ideas. Once you fall in love with your custom design, we build the stained glass window in our glass studio.

For more information regarding handcrafted stained glass for your Fort Collins home, please contact us or call: (970) 672-0451

How to Enhance Your Colorado Springs Chapel’s Stained Glass

Posted April 5th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Colorado Springs is known for all its beautiful chapels and the many, historic stained glass pieces housed in them. These gorgeous antiques offer more than aesthetic appeal– they offer church goers symbolic messages vital to the worship process. Chapel stained glass offers inspiration and hope in many different ways to every congregation member that witnesses them. Enhancing your Colorado Springs’ stained glass is both beneficial for your followers as well as for your chapel’s equity.

Colorado Springs Chapel Stained Glass Repair and Restoration

Enhancing your Colorado Springs chapel stained glass is easy when you have Scottish Stained Glass at your disposal. From small, timely repairs to large restoration jobs, we’ve got you covered. If your stained glass isn’t quite ready for restoration but just needs a little love, we’re happy to help enhance its current state. From polishing and cleaning to simple in-chapel repairs, we can enhance your stained glass in multiple capacities. If your stained glass is a candidate for restoration, our acclaimed process can add another century of product life. Restoration can transform your existing stained glass, giving it a fresh, sparkling new look. Repair and restoration can provide the enhancement you’re seeking while adding additional antique equity for your chapel.

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Colorado Springs Chapel Restoration Process

Scottish Stained Glass is renowned for all our successful chapel stained glass restoration projects we’ve accomplished throughout the Colorado Springs area as well as the rest of the nation. Our comprehensive restoration process ensures that you and your congregation will be stunned by the appearance of your newly restored stained glass. Our extensive process restores each individual piece and completely remakes the lead came with modernized reinforcements. The assessment we complete determines causes of deterioration so we can individually custom plan proper restoration for your stained glass panels.

For more information regarding Colorado Springs chapel stained glass restoration, please contact us or call: (719) 380-9193

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