Patricia Wassik – August 15, 2019

Posted August 15th, 2019 by ssgadmin

We are very happy with the look and quality. The doors are beautiful and have added value to my home.

Does Stained Glass Need to Be Cleaned and How Do You Clean It?

Posted August 14th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Stained glass windows are a popular feature in churches and cathedrals. But churches aren’t the only place they show up. They’re also very common for historic homes, especially those built between the years 1880 and 1930. Many homeowners appreciate their decorative glass because it provides privacy and adds character to their home, and therefore choose to keep it in tact.

However, over time, these windows can sag and deteriorate if they’re not cared for properly. Many homeowners are confused about whether they need to clean the stained glass in their Austin home, and if so, how to do it properly. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the things that owners can do to keep their leaded glass in good condition.

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What’s the Best Way to Clean Stained Glass?

Posted August 7th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Are your stained glass windows overdue for cleaning? Perhaps they look a little bit foggy. Or maybe it seems like there’s just not as much light coming through them. You may be wondering, does leaded glass need to be cleaned and, if so, how do you clean it?

After all, ordinary windows, sliding glass doors, and glass tabletops need cleaning. Otherwise, they’re get covered in dust and fingerprints. But with stained glass, the need for cleaning might be less obvious. Furthermore, the same chemical cleaners that you use on ordinary glass are far from suited for the job.

Here’s how to tell if your Fort Worth stained glass windows need to be cleaned and what the best methods are for getting the job done.

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How Much Does it Cost to Repair Stained Glass?

Posted August 7th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Stained glass windows are a rare and elegant feature. Many churches and homeowners cherish their stained glass, so when it’s damaged, they’re willing to invest in repairs.

Sometimes, the window is a family heirloom and therefore it has sentimental value. If it’s part of a historic building, then there are cultural and educational reasons for its preservation. In some rare cases, if it was made by a famous artisan such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, or the Greene brothers, the window may be worth a lot of money.

In these cases, it makes sense to invest in repairs for the stained glass. But how much does this process cost? Well, that all depends on what types of repairs need to be made and how bad the damage is. Let us explain.

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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!

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