The Difference Between Stained & Leaded Glass Windows

“Stained glass” is the popular term used to describe what is more properly called “leaded glass,” because the materials used can be colored (stained) or not. Often customers use the terms interchangeably. Within the industry “leaded” suggests no color, and “stained” implies color. Our gallery of stained glass windows illustrates the range and variety of both clear and colored styles and designs we offer. Clear is currently the more popular of the two choices for residential or commercial clients, but a bit of color can be very nice for an accent. Church clients tend to choose full color. With or without color – or a mixture – we custom manufacture and custom design thousands of stained glass windows for clients throughout the country. In fact, at last count, our company had designed and manufactured over 30,000 pieces, the majority of which did not use color. With more than 25 years of experience, we are stained glass experts.


Any size, shape, color, or stained glass window design you can imagine, we can create for you. There are also hundreds of colors and styles of glass to choose from including a wide array of “clear” options including beveled and textured choices such as waterglass (wavy design) granite and iced granite, glue chip (with a feathery texture that may look like ice crystals have frosted the window), hammered and small hammered styles, artique, baroque, chord (vertical lines) and many others.


Stained glass windows always add to the value of a home. Clients usually want the windows to blend in with the existing architectural style and usually choose to keep the colors clear or neutral for a future purchaser. Sometimes however colors are chosen to coordinate with semi-permanent finishes such as granite or tile colors. In all cases we honor the client’s choices and preferences, though we will offer an unbiased opinion about what approach might best achieve the desired effect. If you are looking for stained glass windows of exceptional quality and beauty, custom designed for your unique taste and home, you’ve come to the right place! For more information or for a free consultation, call or e-mail Scottish Stained Glass today.

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