What Makes Dalle Stained Glass Unique?

Posted November 22nd, 2019 by Martin Faith

If you have Dalle stained glass on or in your Fort Collins home or business, you likely know it is different from other types of stained glass but perhaps not why. As it turns out, Dalle stained glass is a very unique expression of the traditional stained glass art form with some pretty significant differences. Below we compare traditional stained glass to Dalle stained glass so you can get an idea about what sets the two apart.

The Age of the Stained Glass Craft

Dalle Stained Glass: was invented in the early part of the 20th century–making it about 100 years old. Furthermore, we have a pretty good understanding of who invented and pioneered this stained glass method.

Traditional Stained Glass: this stained glass artform is old, if not ancient. Some traditional stained glass was even made over 100 years ago and we have no real idea who first made it or where.

The Thickness of the Stained Glass

Dalle Stained Glass: is very thick– sometimes well over 1” thick. It is made in big blocks and then sawed or hammered into size.

Traditional Stained Glass: is much thinner–today’s production glass is about 1/8″ thick. It is usually made the same size as the panel that will hold it and is thin enough to sand and cut with a glass cutter.

Type of Stained Glass Support Structure

Dalle Stained Glass: is held in place by a thick concrete and epoxy frame that is poured onto the glass as it sits in a sand box. This makes it incredibly sturdy.

Traditional Stained Glass:  Is usually made in wood frames with metal supports and the glass panels are separated by lead caming that is soldered in. While not fragile–it is not nearly as sturdy as Dalle stained glass.

The Restoration Process for the Stained Glass

Dalle Stained Glass: Since the concrete and epoxy framing is so durable, this type of glass is very hard to repair and restore. The entire stone like frame needs to be chipped off and then re-poured–very time consuming and expensive.

Traditional Stained Glass: Is much easier to remove and restore since lead caming is soft and can be peeled off. However, re-leading a traditional stained glass frame requires more artistry and care but requires less cleaning afterward.

For more information on either of these stained glass artforms and restoration and repair–contact us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Collins today.

What Is the Painted Glass Restoration Process?

Posted November 21st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Colorado Springs is known for its beautiful stained glass features. From churches to businesses, antique stained glass windows can be found in all kinds of different properties. Many of these stained glass windows have painted glass components that are gorgeous and one-of-a-kind. Historic painted glass offers significant beauty that usually improves the value of your property. Painted glass restoration is required periodically in order to properly preserve these pieces. Restoration enables another century of life, ensuring that future generations can enjoy these treasured windows.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Colorado Springs Properties

Painted glass restoration can ensure another century of life but requires certain experience and expertise to execute. The process begins by removing your windows and installing temporary ones. Your stained glass will be transported back to the restoration studio where it’ll soak for up to two weeks. This soaking process removes all dirt and impurities while making it easier for disassembly. Once we take it all apart piece by piece, the painted glass components are evaluated for restoration. We study all the brush strokes and time period that it’s from in order to perfectly replicate it. We always keep the original intact if possible, finding creative ways to make this happen. We take the time to create perfect colors matches and fire each layer of paint in the kiln.

Work with Colorado Springs’ Leading Painted Glass Restoration Studio

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration studio serving the Colorado Springs area. Our painted glass restoration artists are happy to work with you to ensure antique value is preserved and proper homage is paid to the original artist. We’ve restored painted glass from various time periods and are confident that we can help with your project.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your property, please contact us!

Funky Casino Stained Glass Ideas

Posted November 20th, 2019 by Martin Faith

When it comes to decorating a casino–any designer would agree–bigger is better. Since casinos are designed to pull in and keep people inside–they simply must be larger than life. This is as true for casinos in Las Vegas as it is to those that we have here in Colorado. From casinos up in Central City to those around us here in Colorado Springs–many have not only bright, over-the-top designs but an Old West theme as well. This is why stained glass, especially in funky, unique places is such a great fit. Below we have listed a handful of locations where this one-of-a-kind stained glass would fit perfectly.   

Four Great Places For Stained Glass in Casinos

1. Ceiling Stained Glass: When you put stained glass on a casino ceiling it is a real stunner. Bright, bold and oftentimes covering places with a ton of traffic–it will wow gamblers.

2. Stained Glass Dividers: Great for privacy and as a wow-factor, stained glass dividers are the perfect fit for casinos looking for a stylish way to section off gambling spaces.

3. Stained Glass Light Shades: Casinos always have a lot of light in them to help keep gamblers up and spending money. Since these lights are everywhere and are meant to draw attention to themselves, stained glass light shades are a way to make these fixtures really pop.

4. Stained Glass Bar Signs: Every casino has a bar here in Colorado Springs which is why stained glass bars signs are so useful. They can denote the bar area brightly and boldly while setting their entire casino apart for having such unique stained glass features.

For more information on stained glass for casinos here in Colorado Springs or any other commercial space, you may own or operate, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!  We have done quite a few unique installations in places like retail stores, restaurants, bars and more.

What Is the Painted Glass Restoration Process?

Posted November 17th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Restoring your antique stained glass can provide numerous benefits for your property. Whether you’re looking to restore the stained glass in your church, home, or business, this process can elevate your overall property value as well as the antique value of your glass. Many of these historic antique pieces feature original painted glass elements. Painted glass restoration is a different process that can only be successfully completed by a restoration artist. The right restoration specialist will be able to match the original technique, colors, and keep as much of the original intact as possible.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for San Antonio Properties

Painted glass restoration starts with research. The artist will study the painted glasswork and do background research on the time period it was produced. When the stained glass window has been soaked in a proprietary solution then taken apart piece by piece, other stained glass artisans will focus on restoring the stained glass pieces and lead came. A restoration artist will focus on the painted glass pieces, taking the time to create perfect color matches. This process can be tedious, requiring a lot of experimentation and patience. Once all the color matches have been achieved, the artist will replicate every brushstroke with the intention of paying homage to the original artist. Each layer of paint has to be fired in the kiln, often using 8-10 layers to accomplish depth and shadowing.

Work with San Antonio’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Artists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration artists serving the San Antonio area. With the most talented and specialized artists in the nation, we can restore any painted glass feature with exact precision. Work with our artists to successfully restore your project.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your San Antonio property, please contact us!

Historic Hotel Stained Glass Examples

Posted November 17th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Everyone knows about the beautiful stained glass windows in historic churches like Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the Chartres Cathedral. But hardly any attention at all is given to historic hotels with stained glass. This is an unfortunate oversight, since some historic hotels contain stained glass windows extraordinary enough to be considered masterpieces.

Stained glass is a natural choice for hotels. (Even here in Houston, we have more than a few hotels with stained glass.) It instantly elevates the look of any room, and its crystalline appearance is reminiscent of precious metals, jewels, and diamonds. It’s no wonder that it’s found its way into so many hotels over time. Still, nonetheless, these hotels have gone above and beyond to make their stained glass extra special.

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Make Your Historic Fort Worth Storefront More Authentic With Stained Glass

Posted November 13th, 2019 by Martin Faith

As an owner of a historic storefront property here in Fort Worth and want to update it while maintaining its original character, the department of the interior has some sage advice.

According to the NPS website you should

  1. Become familiar with the style

  2. Preserve the storefront’s character 

  3. Avoid the use of materials that were unavailable when the storefront was constructed

  4. Choose paint colors based on the building’s historical appearance.

Along this vein is the adding stained glass to your storefront window is a way to accomplish a number of things–beauty and authenticity.  This is because commercial establishments in the 18th and early 19th centuries were typically on the ground floor of buildings.  This made it difficult for retail establishments to stand out from their residential neighbors. Commercial spaces began implementing large bay or oriel windows made up of numerous small panes of glass set the shops apart from their residential neighbors.  In the early 20th century the use of decorative stained glass transom windows set off a trend of displaying the presence of a commercial/retail space. Therefore, using this same glass today in your historic storefront is about as authentic as it gets. 

Stained Glass Styles That Work Well For Historic Storefronts

Which style of stained glass you use for you Fort Worth historic storefront is really up to you–and there are a lot of styles to choose from.  However, in order to preserve the authenticity of your store’s appearance you may want to go with a stained glass style that was popular around the time your historic structure.  Below are some suggestions

For stores built in the 1800s:  Victorian Style Stained Glass, Gothic Style Stained Glass, Mackintosh Style Stained Glass

For stores built in the early 1900s:  Greene and Greene Style Stained Glass,  Art Nouveau Style Stained Glass,

For historic buildings built in the early-mid 1900s: Prairie Style Stained Glass, Art Deco Style Stained Glass.

Of course, this all depends on the look of your entire building and the theme of your store but keeping things as close to they may have been back in the day is always a wonderful touch.

To learn more about a stained glass style that may work wonderfully on your historic Fort Worth building–retail or otherwise– contact us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Worth today!

The History of Dalle Stained Glass

Posted November 12th, 2019 by Martin Faith

If you have seen Dalle stained glass you probably love it!  We certainly do. This bold style of stained glass is actually made with cement or epoxy joints rather than lead caming.  This is why it often sits outside. It is unique in many ways but one really significant thing about Dalle de Verre stained glass is– it was created rather recently. It just goes to show you how timeless stained glass truly is! Since it is a modern form of stained glass art work, its origins and history are pretty well known to us.  As it were, it is pretty interesting to take a look at how this style spread rapidly across the world in only a few decades. 

Where Dalle Stained Glass Was First Made

The very first Dalle faceted windows were made in France right after World War I.  An apparent artist lost to time collaborated with a french glass shop to have thick glass panels made and then surrounded them in cement for his project.  Soon after this type of stained glass was used by French architect Auguste Perret’s. He used it to create faceted glass concrete walls in the Notre-Dame du Raincy–a church in a Paris suburb. After this–many French artists began using faceted glass in their architectural projects. Many of which were churches. 

Jean Gaudin is credited with fully developing the technique. He had large slabs of colored glass, (up to 1.25” thick) poured then shaped by breaking them with a hammer or cutting with them with a saw. The results were edge pieces that were chipped and created a faceted effect. He then laid out the glass pieces into a traditional stained-glass design.  This design was held in a framed bed of sand. The substrate of cement or epoxy resin was then poured between the glass pieces. The result was a thicker, studier glass and frames with enchantingly deeper color effects. But– it wasn’t until the1950s and 1960s that this glass really came into prominence.

Dalle de Verre Stained Glass In the 1950s and 60s

Dalle de Verre spread to the UK first.  It was brought there by a man named Pierre Fourmaintraux. He trained another man named Dom Charles Norris in the technique, who went on to become a master of Dalle de Verre. His work can be seen incorporated into several Catholic churches still to this day. Although some Dalle stained glass is the US was made earlier in the century, Cathedral of St. Joseph where Jean Barillet created 26 windows that were each 67 feet high and 13 1/2 feet wide was when the glass really became popular– around 1959. These windows were what made Dalle de Verre stained glass period in the US begin.

Sadly, this type of stained glass fell out of favor in the 1970s and 80s. In large part because of changing aesthetics but also because the glass was sometimes subject to structural problems. Also, the size, weight and difficult to remove the cement matrix in which the glass sat posed challenges to restoration

Here at Scottish Stained Glass in Houston or any of our nationwide locations we are able to repair and restore your Dalle stained glass to help you preserve a piece of history.  Contact us today for more information.


How Is Painted Glass Restored?

Posted November 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained glass restoration is an extensive, complex process that can be quite labor-intensive. When it comes to restoring the painted glass features in your church, business, or home, property owners may be curious as to how this is actually completed. Painted glass restoration requires significant training and experience, making it crucial for you to pick the right studio for your restoration project. When completing the painted glass restoration process, the restoration studio should prioritize the original artist’s intent and focus on proper preservation.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Denver Properties

Painted glass restoration begins with thorough research. The restoration artist will conduct research regarding the time period in order to learn more about technique and brush stroke. This restoration artist will also study the painted glass to ensure they’re able to follow all the proper techniques. Once the stained glass has been soaked for up two weeks and dissembled carefully. Each of the painted glass pieces that need restoration will be cataloged and restored to preserve as much of the original as possible. A large piece of this process is color matching. The restoration artist will patiently mix colors and glass options to achieve the perfect color match. If more of the original is capable of saving, the artist may add extra lead lines or use other techniques to keep as much of the original as possible. Everything is replicated down to the brushstroke. The glass has to be fired carefully between layers and can take a substantial amount of time.

Work with Denver’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Artists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration artists serving the Denver area. We’re humbled to have the nation’s best artists that are dedicated to the proper preservation of art. For more information regarding painted glass restoration, please contact us!

How Is Painted Glass Restored?

Posted November 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith

When it comes to restoring stained glass in the Salt Lake City area, many are curious about exactly what the process entails. Stained glass restoration is a complex, labor-intensive process that offers numerous benefits. From improving antique value to boosting your overall property value, stained glass restoration can add another century to your stained glass’ lifespan. But how about painted glass? How is painted glass restored? Painted glass restoration requires expertise and experience that can only be found through the right stained glass restoration studio.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Salt Lake City

Painted glass restoration starts with any ordinary stained glass restoration process. The window is carefully removed and transported to the studio for soaking. Once the window has been soaked for up to two weeks, it is disassembled piece by piece. While the other glass pieces and lead came are being restored, the painted glass pieces are identified by a restoration artist. Our restoration artist does everything they can in order to keep as much of the original intact as possible. They always take the ethical approach to restoration and take the time to research all the brush strokes and colors. The color matching process can be tough, often taking numerous tries to get the perfect match. After each layer of paint is completed, it needs to be transferred to the kiln for firing.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Specialists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration specialists serving the Salt Lake City area. We value proper preservation and always pay homage to the original artist. Gain access to the nation’s leading painted glass restoration artists in order to restore your treasured stained glass.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your Salt Lake City property, please contact us!

3 Amazing Historic Stained Glass Looks for Hotels In Colorado Springs

Posted November 6th, 2019 by Martin Faith

For hotels here in the Denver area, deciding the right stained glass is key for design success. This is extra-true for historic hotels, where retaining a clear antique vibe is critical. You want windows that reflect the authenticity of your theme to continue drawing in visitors who come to you for just that! We have quite a bit of experience in this type of stained glass. So, we have gathered some of our most popular vintage styles of stained glass windows for hotels and even homes here in Denver to use as inspiration.

Historic Stained Glass Ideas For Denver Hotels

1.  Mackintosh Stained Glass: These incredibly iconic designs from artists Charles Rennie Mackintosh include the Mackintosh Rose design also referred to as the Glasgow Rose. It is very recognizable and is featured prominently in copious works of art worldwide. However, Mackintosh moved seamlessly from design style to design style, so any stained glass work mirroring his style of design will fit well in your Denver hotel or hospitality venue. 

2. Greene & Greene Stained Glass: A lot of architecture here in Colorado was made in the early 1900s–right around the time, the Greene and Greene business was flourishing. This is why the Greene and Greene or Craftsman style stained glass will fit just right into historic hotels here in Denver. The designs of these two inspired brothers never went out of style anyway and can be seen in homes and businesses all over Colorado. A unique native beauty appearance–sometimes geometric, sometimes with flowing lines– is a hallmark to these types of stained glass windows. But there is always incredible attention to detail and color. 

3. Prairie Style Stained Glass: No mid-century modern “retro” hotel would look authentic without Prairie-style stained glass. Straight from the mind of one of the world’s most influential designers, Frank Lloyd Wright, this type of stained glass includes architectural and straight lines with geometric shapes. Many Prairie Style stained-glass windows use clear glass with small pops of color. However, if you are looking to add privacy to your Denver hotel we are happy to add striking textured glass or more opaque colors.  


For more information on stained glass to fit in the design of your Denver historic hotel or home, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Can I Restore Painted Glass in My Kansas City Business?

Posted November 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained glass has been utilized for centuries in numerous property types throughout the Kansas City area. Stained glass can add beauty in order to attract more guests to businesses and other commercial properties. Some of these older pieces contain beautiful painted glass elements that add that extra dimension of character. These painted glass features can experience age-related deterioration and fall victim to vandalism and daily wear-and-tear. When your stained glass is ready for restoration, you may wonder if your painted glass can be restored as well. Painted glass can be restored but it requires a highly trained artist to do so.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Kansas City Businesses

Painted glass restoration takes a lot of experience and technique in order to properly preserve these antique pieces of art. Painted glass restoration begins with having your stained glass window removed and soaked in a proprietary soap blend. This soaking process makes it easier to take apart your stained glass while also removing all the dirt that’s built up over the past century. Once disassembled, the painted glass pieces that need restoration go under extensive research. We find ways to keep as much of the original intact as possible. Our restoration artist finds ways to perfectly color match the paint before replicating every brush stroke. The painted glass has to be fired between layers, making this process tedious.

Work with Kansas City’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Studio

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration studio serving the Kansas City area. We always pay homage to the original artist by keeping their intention in mind while preserving as much of the original as possible. Our stained glass artisans can replicate painted glass from any time period.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your business, please contact us!

To Repair or Remove? A Closer Look at Repairing Stained Glass for Historical Homes in Colorado Springs

Posted October 28th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Colorado Springs has many homes that were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One thing a lot of these homes have in common is historical stained glass which was prevalent at that time. If your Colorado Springs home was built before 1930, your stained glass likely needs restoration. The question we get a lot from people who own historic homes is should I repair or remove this historical glass? That is a decision ultimately you can make but below is some guidance on why restoration may be the best idea. 

The Key Benefit Of Restoring Stained Glass

We like to say the main reason for restoring stained glass rather than removing it comes down to the fact that historical glass has great value. This value is three-fold.  

Antique Stained Glass Has Historical Value

The days of the early 1900s were a time of great change here in the US. New inventions permeated society: telegraphs, telephones, cars, and planes. The stained glass made here in Colorado was built in a time to remember–reflecting in design–an era of progress.. This means your century-old stained glass has pretty significant historical value. While this may not translate directly into cash, you can’t put a price on preserving a bygone era. Therefore your Colorado Springs historical home stained glass is something very valuable and a prime candidate to restore not replace.

Antique Stained Glass Adds Resale Value

Historical glass may not be something you can cash out in your home, but the stained glass in good shape will add value to your home when you go to sell. In fact, existing stained glass windows tend to appraise for 10x to 20x more than new ones. So keeping these windows intact and having them repaired rather than replaced is a very good idea to increase the resale value of your home. Furthermore, homes with stained glass tend to sell faster. 

Antique home Stained Glass Has Monetary Value

Actual monetary value is always something to consider as well. If your Colorado Springs home’s windows are very old (over 100 years) they are antiques and well worth restoring rather than replacing. Likewise, some stained glass windows in the Colorado Springs area could have been made by famous artisans or studios. In cases like these, restoring them is essential. Having an assessment by a professional will give you some idea about the history of your glass. However, even if there is no significant monetary value, the aforementioned values are often reasons to have your home stained glass restored in lieu of replaced.

For more information on stained glass restoration here in Colorado Springs or to schedule an assessment, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Benefits of Preserving Your Historical Home’s Character by Repairing Stained Glass in Kansas City

Posted October 25th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Some of the homes throughout the Kansas City area have that incredible historic charm. Accompanying this historic charm is often custom stained glass. These custom, antique stained glass features can play such an important role for your house’s character, providing one-of-a-kind art. In order to continue preserving the character of your historic home, restoring your stained glass is critical. Stained glass restoration offers countless benefits that can benefit your home and family.

Residential Stained Glass Restoration Benefits for Kansas City Homes

Restoring your home’s antique stained glass ensures that the antique value is preserved and kept by the overall value of your home. Whether you’re planning on selling your home and staying in your home forever, both can benefit from stained glass restoration. Proper restoration can add at least another century to your stained glass’ lifespan ensuring that your loved ones and future generations can continue treasuring that stained glass feature. Stained glass can provide beauty and function, often working as an effective privacy solution. Proper restoration can bring your stained glass back to life– many homeowners are shocked by how clean and new their stained glass looks re-installed. Original stained glass features can be really hard to come by in residential properties, making it important to preserve these rarities.

Work with Kansas City’s Preferred Residential Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred residential stained glass restoration experts serving the Kansas City area. Our team of stained glass artisans specialize in restoration and would love the opportunity to properly restore your antique stained glass features. Historic charm is difficult to replicate– keeping the original components can help improve the overall value of your property.

For more information regarding our proprietary residential stained glass restoration process for your Kansas City home, please contact us!

How to make Your Entryway Stand Out with Beveled Glass Windows

Posted October 25th, 2019 by Martin Faith

The entryway windows of your Fort Worth home are where people get a glimpse of your personal style. For this reason, making them stand out is a way to set your home apart as lovely and elegant. Stained glass is particularly good for this. It allows for countless design options so you can come up with something unique to your Fort Worth abode. But deciding which design you want to make your personal statement can be difficult given all the choices. Fort his reason, in this blog, we make suggestions from time to time on stained glass styles that are worth considering. Beveled stained glass is one of those options. Read below on how this will make your Fort Worth home’s entryway really pop

3 Ways Beveled Stained Glass Makes Entryways Stand Out

  1. Beveled Stained Glass Is Bold But Understated: The look of beveled stained glass is unmistakable and one most people love! The angles are sharp and really grab attention. But, since beveled glass is usually done on clear glass–the windows remain understated and blend with any existing decor. However, if you do want to add color–it is a way to make a statement. 
  2. Beveled Stained Glass Catches The Light: The angles at which beveled stained glass is cut at is designed to play with light rays–and play it does! The sunlight is refracted through the glass making it dance on walls in your entryway and even on your front porch. 
  3. Beveled Stained Glass Is Timeless: The best part about choosing beveled stained glass for your Fort Worth entryway is that is will never go out of style. This means that your entryway will always stand out but never the wrong way. You will never have to deal with an eyesore on the front of your home but rather, something that ages gracefully over time.

For more information on stained glass for the entryway of your Fort Worth home, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today. We have beveled stained glass windows already designed for you to choose from or we can do a custom beveled stained glass window just for you!

Benefits of Installing Privacy Glass in Houston Custom Homes

Posted October 25th, 2019 by Martin Faith

When buying a custom home or redoing an old one, you get to make it all yours. So, you can pick and choose exactly the home interiors and exteriors you want. Anything you have imagined can be yours when building a custom home. And there are plenty of decor elements to choose from out there! One of which is stained glass. Stained glass is wonderful and a home feature that allows for both amazing form and function. Of course, beauty is the most sought after function of stained glass but there are several other practical benefits of stained glass for Houston custom homes too.

Top 3 Benefits of Stained Glass For Houston Custom Homes

  1. Stained Glass For More Privacy: In our experience, the biggest reason people want stained glass in custom homes or remodels is for privacy. As our city grows, neighbors seem to be getting closer on all sides. This means modern privacy solutions are needed. Stained glass is just the solution for this. By installing custom stained glass in windows where privacy is important– like bathroom, entryway, and bedroom windows–you get the level of privacy you want without sacrificing style!
  2. Stained Glass For Increased Resale Value: When it comes to long-term effects of design choices in custom homes, nothing makes more of an impact than custom stained glass. Sure, it costs you a little more upfront but stained glass will pay off big time when you go to sell. Stained glass usually appraises for 10x the initial cost or more. Also, when showing your Houston home, stained glass windows will help it sell faster since it makes for fantastic curb appeal.
  3. Stained Glass For One-of-a-Kind Aesthetics: If you are buying a custom home here in Houston or just remodeling your existing home, uniqueness and function are key. Nothing works better for facilitating a unique aesthetic than stained glass. It is a way to express your design vision with something that will stand out! Regardless of whether you are looking for something from a certain era like a Prairie Style stained glass in an entryway window or something 100% unique like a modern stained glass room divider–stained glass is the perfect accent for your Houston custom home. 

For more information on stained glass for your custom-built or renovated Houston home, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass In Houston today! 

Three Benefits of Restoring Historical Stained Glass Windows for Commercial Spaces in Fort Worth

Posted October 18th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Historical stained glass can be a major drawing point to your commercial space. Stained glass features can draw customers in from around the world, prioritizing the shared value of art and history. Having historic stained glass is truly unique, creating great photo opportunities for your guests. If you notice that your stained glass isn’t what it used to be, it’s probably time for restoration. Restoration offers significant benefits that any commercial space in Fort Worth should take advantage of.

Commercial Stained Glass Restoration Benefits for Your Fort Worth Property

  1. Keep your historic stained glass in great condition: If left unrestored, your stained glass will deteriorate and fall apart. Restoring your stained glass ensures that your guests can continue enjoying your iconic feature for generations to come.
  2. Improve overall property value: Restored stained glass has a significantly higher value than unrestored stained glass. Restoration offers a great investment opportunity for improving your overall property value. If your restoration takes place in a timely manner, it can be considerably cheaper than replacement.
  3. Attract new guests and retain repeat customers: A lot of people appreciate stained glass and historical features. Historic stained glass is often an attracting point for many– restoring your historic stained glass can help attract new guests and retain repeat customers.

Work with Fort Worth’s Preferred Commercial Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred commercial stained glass restoration experts serving the Fort Worth area. We’ve worked with countless commercial properties throughout the nation in helping properly preserve their historic stained glass. We’ll create custom solutions for addressing any of your concerns during the restoration process. We’re happy to provide on-site consultations as well if you’re uncertain if your stained glass is ready for restoration.

For more information regarding commercial stained glass restoration, please contact us!


How to Get Started with Historical Restoration of Stained Glass for Hotels in Dallas

Posted October 18th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Does your Dallas hotel have an incredible historic stained glass feature? Stained glass has played a significant role in many hotels, providing beautiful photo opportunities and attracting guests from all over the world. Proper maintenance and care can provide the product longevity that you’re looking for. When your stained glass reaches a certain age or starts to experience significant deterioration, restoration is in order. The stained glass restoration process can add another century or two to your stained glass’ lifespan, ensuring years of great condition.

Hotel Stained Glass Restoration Assessment for Dallas Properties

If you notice the following signs of deterioration, it is important to start the restoration process: concave or convex-shaped glass, cracked glass, missing glass, scratched glass, soft lead, deteriorating lead, white film on the glass, brittle joints, yellowing plexiglass, excess dirt on glass, etc. Restoration is typically required around the 75-year to 100-year mark, to give a better timeframe. If you’re uncertain if your stained glass needs restoration, contact a restoration expert for an assessment. Either way, the next step is finding the right stained glass artisan for the project. Make sure to ask for past project portfolios and client referrals for similar-sized jobs. Once you pick the right studio, they’ll provide an on-site assessment of your stained glass. This assessment is necessary for providing accurate project estimates, project timeline, as well as a custom-tailored solution that addresses your specific situation.

Work with Dallas’ Preferred Hotel Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred hotel stained glass restoration experts serving the Dallas area. We specialize in historic stained glass restoration and can provide custom solutions for addressing all of your guest needs. Work with our artisans for all of your stained glass needs.

For more information regarding hotel stained glass restoration, please contact us!

3 Reasons You Should Repair Instead of Remove Your Austin Home’s Antique Stained Glass

Posted October 17th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Many homeowners here in Austin are facing the issue of the stained glass on their home needing restoration. This is because the windows made around the beginning of the last century, 100 years ago or more, last about that long before needing it. Some homeowners simply remove the stained glass and replace it with something new. However, stained glass is not that difficult to have repaired. Once restored, stained glass windows on your Austin home will last another 100+ years before needing restoration again. Meaning these beauties will likely outlive you in your home. But there are plenty of benefits to you while you still reside in your house too.

  1. Stained Glass Keeps Your Home’s Vintage Look: While we make some pretty stunning stained glass recreations and amazing modern stained glass windows too–nothing can beat the look of your Austin home’s original stained glass. The colors used back at the turn of the 20th century have a certain unmistakably vintage hue that is simply stunning. Likewise, the designs chosen at that time represent an aesthetic that dovetails perfectly with your home’s architecture. By restoring your stained glass you keep the entire vintage look of your home ubiquitous and as elegant as the day it was built. 
  2. Stained Glass Increases Your Home’s Value: Stained glass on a home, regardless of whether it is new or old, has great value when it comes to appraisal time. Once restored, your stained glass will be worth that much more. However, there are also other value factors to consider, including the curb appeal of sidelight and transom windows and the natural light they provide. This not only makes them good for resale value but a quicker sale as well. 
  3. Stained Glass Is Incredibly Functional: Besides the obvious aesthetic value that stained glass lends to your home, there is the perfect function of this type of glass as well. It is the perfect way to add privacy to your home but no feel shut-in like you may with curtains or blinds. Vintage stained glass on your Austin homes entryway, sidelights or bedroom windows was likely put there for the very reason of keeping your home more private. This type of privacy solution was way before its time and is still the number one reason people have stained glass installed to this day!

For more information on restoration on the historical or vintage stained glass in your Austin home, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Is Historical Restoration of Stained Glass a Smart Decision for Your Commercial Space?

Posted October 15th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is not just something that was put into churches here in Denver. Around the turn of the 20th-century stained glass in the US was put in all types of buildings. From retail stores to banks and bars–stained glass was a ubiquitous trend. This same stained glass in commercial spaces here in Denver is now turning 100 years old or more. Which means restoration is imminent. Beyond the fact that stained glass needs to be restored or it could fall into permanent disrepair–what reasons would commercial spaces here in the Denver area have to restore these historical treasures? As it turns out, quite a few! We have listed some of the most compelling reasons below.

Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Strengthens Community Ties

When we work with churches to restore stained glass windows, often the entire community in which the church resides comes together. Commercial spaces are no different. If your stained glass is over 100 years old, it is often considered historical, if not antique. There are community organizations and even grants available to help commercial spaces, just like yours, restore antique stained glass, because it benefits the community at large. 

Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Attract New Clients

Stained glass is lovely and there is a reason it was installed across industries–it attracts people. Whatever your stained glass looks like now is probably just a shadow of what it will look like once restored. When you invest the time and money to have the stained glass in your Denver commercial space restored, you will surely attract new customers entranced by your stunning restoration piece.

Restoring Commercial Stained Glass Preserves A Piece of Denver History

The fact of the matter is, stained glass windows, especially in commercial spaces, are a part of Denver’s rich history. It is likely that some of them were made by burgeoning artisans or studios in Denver’s past and have a good story behind them. More to the point, if your Denver location has stained glass in it, it was likely a lively hub back in the “pioneer” days. By restoring the historic stained glass then, you are doing your part preserving the amazing “Wild West” past Denver is known for.

For more information on how to begin a restoration of your historical stained glass in your commercial space, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

How to get started with Historical Restoration of Stained Glass for Retail Spaces in Fort Collins

Posted October 14th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Some stores with stained glass on stores here in Fort Collins dates back to the early 1900s. Which means it is likely due for restoration. Why? The reason for this is simple. Stained glass made at the beginning of the 20th century was built to last about 80-100 years before need restoration. This means a couple of things. First, it is likely time to get your retail location’s stained glass repair if you want it to last another 100 years. Secondly, the stained glass in your Fort Collins store has historical value and that should be considered when contemplating the value and cost of repairs. But what exactly is the process for starting on a restoration of historical retail stained glass? Read below to understand where to begin

Determining If Your Retail Stained Glass Needs Restoration

Examine Your Stained Glass Yourself

The first step on your restoration journey is to examine your stained glass to get an idea of its superficial state. This means taking a close look at the glass to see if there are any chips, cracks or missing pieces. Also, examine the leading. Is it chipped and brittle? Or does it look saggy? These are all signs that the stained glass in your Fort Collins retail hub may need repair.

Have A Professional Access Your Stained Glass

The next thing to do is to have a professional do an assessment of your stained glass. A professional will take a much deeper look at the glass, leading and structural elements. They will be able to see things you may have missed like concave windows or micro-fissures. They will also be able to give you an estimate of time and cost. This will be important for the next step.

Talk To Your Investors and Employees

Once you know the state of your stained glass, how much it will cost to repair and how long, the next step is to talk to those invested in your store. This could mean actual investors and partners. It could also mean employees who may have to take a bit of time off during restoration. Most of the time we here at Scottish are minimally intrusive but preparing interested parties is key to a successful stained glass restoration.

For more information on retail stained glass or stained glass restoration in Fort Collins, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

How to Make Your Entryway Stand Out with Beveled Glass Doors in Salt Lake City

Posted October 12th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Your home is a place you cherish, where you spend time with friends and loved ones. So of course you want it to feel inviting to your guests. When your visitors approach your driveway and see the lovely entryway you’ve created for your Salt Lake City home with beveled glass doors, they’ll immediately feel like they’re somewhere special. Beveled glass doors exhibit a beauty unlike any other and are a great way to make your entryway stand out.

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Beveled Glass vs. Leaded Glass – What’s the Difference?

Posted October 11th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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If you’re looking for a way to up the privacy of your home, beveled and leaded glass windows are definitely the way to go. These unconventional privacy solutions not only will make your home look fantastic, but also provide just the right level of concealment so you can still soak up the sun, without having to worry about nosey neighbors and random strangers watching you.

Both beveled and leaded glass windows are stunning choices for Fort Collins homes, but there are some differences between the two. In this article, we’ll discuss the main characteristics of each so you can decide which is the best option for you.

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Benefits of Preserving Your Historical Homes’s Character by Repairing Stained Glass in Dallas

Posted October 11th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Historic homes certainly have their charm and character, but they often require some work. If you’ve recently moved into a historic home with stained glass windows, it’s important to give them a good once over to evaluate their condition. See any cracks or chips? Does the glass look cloudy? If so, your stained glass probably needs a little maintenance. Don’t worry, the repairs could be minimal and they’re probably well worth the investment. Here are some of the benefits of repairing the stained glass in your Dallas home.

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How to Get Started with Historical Restoration of Stained Glass for Restaurants in Denver

Posted October 10th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Do you own a restaurant with stained glass in Denver? Maybe you’ve just recently moved into a historic building with stained glass and aren’t sure how to take care of it. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that your windows are looking a little dusty or are showing signs of wear. Either way, your probably have some questions about the historical restoration of stained glass. Many Denver restaurants just like yours have stained glass windows and have had the same concerns. With restoration, restaurants can rejuvenate the appearance of their stained glass and preserve it for many years to come. Here’s how to get started.

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To Repair or Remove? A Closer Look at Repairing Stained Glass for Historical Homes in Austin

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Moving into a historical home can be a lot of work, but also a very rewarding experience. Historic properties are chock full of character, unique architectural details, and, if you’re lucky enough, stained glass windows.

Stained glass windows are a beautiful decorative element to have in a home, though they do require some care. If your stained glass is quite old, it may be in need of repairs.

As a homeowner who’s recently spent a great deal of money on moving into a new home, you may wonder, is it worth the expense? Well, it depends on the situation. Here’s how to determine whether it’s better to remove or repair the stained glass in your Austin home.

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Three Benefits of Restoring Historical Stained Glass Windows for Commercial Spaces in San Antonio

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Does your business or commercial space have a historical stained glass feature? Have you noticed all the incredible benefits created by this stained glass? Stained glass often becomes the main attraction, attracting potential clients and helping retain repeat guests. Historical stained glass can also contribute significant antique value for your property. When your historic stained glass begins to deteriorate or you start to notice any damage, it is time to restore your stained glass. Here are three major benefits of restoring historical stained glass windows for your San Antonio commercial space.

The Benefits of Restoring Commercial Stained Glass in San Antonio

  1. Save money on replacement: If you start your restoration process in a timely manner, it will be more cost-effective than having to replace it. Restoration is a significant investment but keeps the antique value of your stained glass. Don’t wait until replacement is the only option.
  2. Maintain sentimental and historic value: Historic stained glass can have a lot of sentimental value for your regular clients and guests. Family traditions can even be built from viewing your stained glass feature. Maintain the sentimental and historic value of your stained glass through restoration.
  3. Keep your differentiating feature: Stained glass design is a one-of-a-kind art. Restoration ensures that your commercial property remains unique and differentiated from other businesses. Make sure that future generations can enjoy your stained glass as well.

Work with San Antonio’s Leading Commercial Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading commercial stained glass restoration experts serving the San Antonio area. We’ve helped countless businesses and commercial spaces restore their stained glass art. We always deliver custom solutions that address any concerns you may have regarding customer satisfaction and aesthetics.

For more information regarding commercial stained glass restoration for your San Antonio property, please contact us!

Make Your Commercial Space Stand Out with Historical Stained Glass Restoration in Houston

Posted October 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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If you want to succeed in business, your brand needs to stand out from the crowd. Just take a quick trip to any shopping center or strip mall. You’ll notice right away that some stores are getting more traffic than others. Why? Because they’ve found a way to stand out among the competition.

This rule applies to all industries, from restaurants to hospitality and even commercial office buildings. Appearances matter in the business world.

That’s what makes historical stained glass restoration perfect for Houston businesses. Giving your vintage stained glass windows a little bit of love and attention can really make them shine and bring the colors to life. In turn, more people will notice your business and you’ll generate more sales.

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What Is Leaded Glass?

Posted October 8th, 2019 by Martin Faith

For individuals looking for stained glass for their homes, businesses, and churches, creating the right design can easily become overwhelming. There are so many stained glass styles and techniques for creating virtually any look. A term that you’ve probably heard of is leaded glass. Leaded glass is a term that’s usually used interchangeably with stained glass but often refers to clear glass designs. Leaded glass differs from regular glass since it usually is textured, frosted, or etched.

The Benefits of Leaded Glass for Your Colorado Springs Property

Leaded glass has become more popular since it offers an elegant look. Leaded glass is also a popular choice for homes and businesses because it offers the benefit of effective privacy. Leaded glass can obstruct unwanted views without sacrificing natural sunlight. It’s a great way to address privacy without the need for tacky window treatments. Some colored stained glass can work as a privacy solution but only certain types offer the same effect. Leaded glass can be paired with beveled glass or colored stained glass. Both create distinctive looks, pops of color, and visual interest. Leaded glass can be used for traditional designs and detailed designs as well. With endless textured patterns, leaded glass can be quite versatile.

Work with Colorado Springs’ Preferred Leaded Glass Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred leaded glass experts serving the Colorado Springs area. We’ve handcrafted endless leaded glass designs ranging from abstract to traditional. With the largest selection of leaded glass, we can help you accomplish the design of your dreams. Work with our stained glass artisans to design your own custom leaded glass design. We have an incredible portfolio of work if you need any inspiration as well.

For more information regarding leaded glass design for your Colorado Springs property, please contact us!

Creative Ways Stained Glass Windows Can Add Sophistication to Salt Lake City Homes

Posted October 4th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Your home is so much more than a house. It’s the place you spend the most time in, and an extension of who you are as a person. That’s why your home design should reflect your personality, including your distinguished taste.

Stained glass windows are a great way to create an elevated and sophisticated look for your Salt Lake City home. Though they’re a relatively simple addition, they can make a huge difference in the ambiance of a room. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate leaded and decorative glass in home interiors.

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Bold & Beautiful Stained Glass Privacy Solutions for Bathrooms in Dallas Homes

Posted October 4th, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Many people are surprised to hear that they can use stained glass in the bathroom windows of their Dallas home. Of course, decorating with stained glass isn’t at all a new trend. But a lot of people assume that these colorful windows are only meant for churches. But what they don’t realize is that architects have been using leaded glass for quite some time.

In fact, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright referred to these fixtures as “light screens” and included them in many of his designs. Because of their ability to control light and privacy, decorative glass windows are a great choice for areas like bathrooms where you don’t want to block the sun. In this article, we’ll discuss a few different stained glass privacy solutions.

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