Is it better to repair church stained glass or restore it?

Posted March 21st, 2018 by ssgadmin

Replacing And Repairing Stained Glass On Salt Lake City Churches

In and around Salt Lake City, one can find many beautiful stained glass windows on myriads of churches. This gorgeous pieces of history are all cherished by the parishioners of the churches they adorn. They are so loved that here, at Scottish Stained Glass, we get calls all the time from area congregations about restoration. One question we get quite often is whether the old stained glass is something they should have repaired or whether replacement is a better option. This is because often times glass looks beyond repair: the frames may be sagging or the glass itself is dirty, chipped, cracked, or even missing pieces of glass altogether. Stained glass in this condition is all too common as many windows are nearing 100 years old. Whether to replace or repair stained glass is really a case by case decision but we have outlined a few things for churchgoers to think about below to help give you some guidance.

Weigh The Cost Of Replacing Vs. Repairing Stained Glass Windows

Restoring damaged stained glass windows, especially big windows, can be quite expensive. However, once they are restored, the value of these stained glass window is 4x more valuable than a new window. While a new window may cost less at first, it will be decades before its value is equal to a restored antique stained glass window. When it comes to funding for such large restoration projects we, at Scottish Stained Glass Salt Lake City, may be able to guide you as we have seen many congregations hold various fundraisers for their beloved stained glass. In our experience, this type of project is one most congregation and even communities readily support.

Understand That Scottish Stained Glass Can Match Your Existing Glass

One common reason churches hesitate to replace their stained glass is that they think antique glass cannot be matched. While it is true that techniques used to create some older stained glass are often obscure and hard to replicate, at Scottish, we have some of the most skilled stained glass repair artists in the state, able to precisely match nearly any stained glass panel. We also have developed special methods for removing and restoring the biggest of church stained glass windows. Keep in mind these types of restorations can take quite a while but our amazing process brings these windows of great sentimental and monetary value back to their original luster and beauty for the next 100 years or so.

Consider The History Of Your Church Stained Glass

Lastly, don’t forget the long and incredibly unique history your Salt Lake City church stained glass holds. Many stained glass windows hold both monetary and sentimental value–so keeping them may be the best idea. If your stained glass is very old (dating back to the early-mid 20th century) your church’s stained glass windows could have been designed by a stained glass master of the time, greatly increasing their value. Also, works by this skilled artisan play an important part of the history of your church and something you don’t want to take away.

Watch the video below to learn more about church stained glass window restoration:

Scottish Stained Glass For Your Salt Lake City Church Stained Glass Restoration

If your church stained glass shows signs of wear it is a good idea to have Scottish Stained Glass come in and consult with you. In the case of very old stained glass, it is best not to wait because the damage will only grow worse and more costly to repair over time. Contact us today for a free, onsite consultation of your Salt Lake City church stained glass.

Is It Better To Repair Or Replace My KC Church’s Stained Glass?

Posted March 19th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Replacing And Repairing Stained Glass On Kansas City Churches

You can find lovely stained glass windows on churches all around Kansas City and these beautiful pieces of history are well loved too–especially by the parishioners of the churches they adorn. They are so beloved in fact, that here at Scottish Stained Glass, we get many calls from area congregations about restoration. One question posed to us quite often in these calls is whether old stained glass is something best to have repaired or whether replacement is a better option. This is because often times on aging stained glass window frames are sagging or the glass itself is dirty, chipped, cracked, or even missing pieces of glass altogether, as these windows are nearing 100 years old. Whether to replace or repair stained glass is a question very much answered on a case by case basis but we have outlined a few things for churchgoers to think about below to help give you some guidance.

Weigh The Cost Of Replacing Vs. Repairing Stained Glass Windows

Restoring damaged stained glass windows, especially very large ones, can be quite pricey. However, keep in mind that, once they are restored, the value of these stained glass window could go up as much as 4x as much as they value of a new window. While a new window may cost less initially, it will be decades before its value is equal to a restored antique stained glass window. In regards to the cost, at Scottish Stained Glass Kansas City, we have seen many congregations hold fundraisers for their stained glass repairs and we are always happy to give you some guidance on what we have seen work with other congregations. This type of project is one we have almost always seen most congregations support and even communities as well.

Understand That Scottish Stained Glass Can Match Your Existing Glass

One hesitation that many churches have with replacing their church stained glass is that they think antique glass cannot be matched. While it is true that techniques used to create some older stained glass are difficult, happily we have some of the most skilled stained glass repair artists in the state, able to precisely match almost any stained glass panel. We also have developed special methods for removing and restoring very large church stained glass windows. Now, these types of restorations do take quite a bit of time but will the amazing process brings these windows of great sentimental and monetary value back to their original luster and beauty. Additionally, these restored windows will easily last another 80-100 years before needing more work.

Consider The History Of Your Church’s Stained Glass

Lastly, don’t forget what a long and unique history your Kansas City church stained glass holds. Many stained glass windows have accrued a lot of value both monetary and sentimental–so keeping them is a strong option. If your stained glass is very old (dating back to the early-mid 20th century) your church’s stained glass windows may have been designed by a stained glass master of the time, which greatly increases their value. Also, works by this skilled artisan play an important part of the history of your church which in and of itself hold value. In this case, investing in an extensive stained glass repair project may well be the best choice for your congregation.

Watch the video below for more information on repairing your church’s stained glass:

 

Scottish Stained Glass For Your Kansas City Church Stained Glass Restoration

If your church stained glass shows signs of wear it is a good idea to have Scottish Stained Glass come in and consult with you. In the case of very old stained glass, it is best not to wait because the damage will only grow worse and more costly to repair over time. Contact us today for a free, onsite consultation of your Kansas City church stained glass.

Stained Glass Through Time in Fort Collins: The Past, Present and Future

Posted March 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin
fort collins stained glass through time

If you’ve ever taken a walk through Old Town Fort Collins or one of the many other nearby historic areas such as Bellvue, Loveland, or Estes Park, you probably noticed that many of the older buildings have stained glass windows. Fort Collins has a reputation as artsy town, so stained glass windows are very common. But the art itself originated far from the city of Fort Collins.

Long before stained glass reached Fort Collins, it found its first role in Ancient societies. In early Egyptian and Roman times, colored glass began being manufactured to be used to make jewelry, pottery, and other small objects.

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Stained Glass Through Time: The Past, Present and Future in Colorado Springs

Posted March 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin
colorado springs stained glass through time

If you’ve ever driven by the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, then you’re probably aware of the prominence that stained glass has in Colorado Springs architecture. Beautiful stained glass windows of the past and present can be seen all through the city of Colorado Springs. Many belong to churches, but some reside within historic homes, hotels, and various building buildings.

Stained glass has long been a revered form of art. Many people are familiar with famous works like Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the Canterbury Cathedral. But where did stained glass get its beginning? In this article, we’ll dive into the full history of stained glass, including its ancient past, current existence, and promising future.

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The Untold Story of Stained Glass in Salt Lake City: Past, Present & Future

Posted March 18th, 2018 by ssgadmin
salt lake city stained glass through time

The Brigham City Third Ward, the Temple Square Tabernacle, the Cathedral of the Madeline – these are just some of the many examples of buildings with beautiful stained glass windows in Salt Lake City. Stained glass has long been incorporated into religious buildings all throughout Salt Lake City and the rest of the world.

For someone standing beneath a magnificent work such as the stained glass in Sainte Chapelle, they may wonder how someone could create something so beautiful, so intricate. But what they fail to realize is that these wondrous works are actually the result the evolution of the art itself. Today’s stained glass is much more than it seems to be at face value. More than just art, it’s a product of ancient techniques combined with modern advancements and ideas brought forth from the passage of time.

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