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


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!

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