Stained Glass Repair And Restoration
We’re pleased to announce the recent completion of our church stained glass restoration project at The Rising Church. This church was built in 1913 in Arvada, CO, and is known for all of its amazing homeless outreach. On an evening after the church had closed, someone walking by had thought they heard a commotion inside. They decided to throw rocks through the stained glass windows in order to stop it. Luckily, there wasn’t anyone inside but the damaged windows were the result.
By Martin Faith
Stained glass restoration is a tedious process but it is also very rewarding. Often, there is historic or sentimental value attached to the stained glass because it has a unique story or has been part of the community for a long time. For us, it’s a rewarding experience to be able to part of these special projects. It allows us to give back in our own unique way also to be part of the effort of preserving an art form that we hold very dear to our hearts.
Just recently, we had the opportunity to work on a particularly rewarding project for a historic church located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Vernon A.M.E. Church asked us to help with the restoration of their stained glass windows. Below, we’ve provided some details on the story of the church and the project. Read more…
Stained glass is actually very durable but like any art form or architectural feature–at some point, it needs to be repaired or restored. The restoration process is actually easier than you may think and affordable as well. Typically, vintage stained glass needs restoration about every 80 years but definitely could need it sooner depending on it’s exposure to elements. There are many practical reasons to get your Dallas church’s stained glass restored–find out some of them below. Read more…
Have you noticed any signs of damage or deterioration on your original stained glass windows? Some commercial properties are lucky enough to have beautiful original stained glass features that differentiate your business, attract guests, and improve repeat guest retention. It’s important to be aware that stained glass will always require restoration in order to properly preserve it. This usually is necessary around the 75 to 100-year mark. Here are the steps you should consider taking if you think your stained glass is ready for restoration.
So your stained glass is looking a little shabby and you’re wondering what to do about it? Don’t worry. You’re not the first person to face this same predicament. Many historic homes in Dallas have stained glass windows. When stained glass gets to a certain age, repairs are needed to keep the windows in optimal condition.
But if the previous homeowner didn’t stay on top of the maintenance, you may find that more work has to be done than you expected. On that case, you’re probably wondering if it’s better just to remove the window entirely. We think not! Here’s why you should consider repairing the stained glass in your Dallas home.
By Martin Faith
Dallas houses some of the most intricate, gorgeous cathedrals in the nation. With these historic cathedrals are incredible stained glass features that illuminate the observatories with inspiring imagery and meaningful messages. As these stained glass windows begin to age, you may notice some signs of deterioration. It is important to recognize which signs indicate the need for restoration in order to properly preserve your stained glass for numerous generations down the line.
Dallas Victorian Homes Featuring Stained Glass
When most people hear the words Dallas or Texas, they may think of wooden shutter board houses of the of the Wild West. As a true Texan, you know this is not always the case. Residents like you in historic neighborhoods like Winnetka Heights or Old East Dallas spend great care in maintaining the charm of beautiful homes.
If your home features stained glass pieces, or if you are thinking of adding stained glass, you must always consider restoration as part of your routine house maintenance. You can trust the professionals at Stained Glass Dallas to simplify stained glass restoration to keep these stained glass works in outstanding condition for years to come.
Stained Glass is Both Delicate and Durable
When created and maintained properly, stained glass windows can last for generations – glass is practically immune to natural deterioration, as you can see from long-standing cathedrals and castles decorating Europe and Victorian homes in Dallas, TX.
While glass is extremely long-lasting, damage can occur due to the natural elements. While Dallas is a wonderful place to live, it ranks very high on the list of US cities prone to natural disasters, which include tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes – all of which can involve projectiles flying at high speeds that will surely cause damage to delicate stained glass artworks. Extreme heat can also warm glass and surrounding frames and reinforcements.
An errant ball thrown by a child in the neighborhood or an aggressive entry attempt may also cause damage to your precious stained glass windows or doors. Equally as important, regular wear and tear can cause damage over time, simply from the repeat vibrations and force used to open and close doors and windows. A professional stained glass restoration technician can help make the right decisions so that your stained glass stays beautiful for years to come.
Importance of Professional Stained Glass Restoration
Before any repairs or restorations on stained glass are considered, many details must be carefully considered, otherwise more damage than good can happen. Special care must also be taken to properly clean stained glass to reduce the regular buildup of dirt, soot, and pollutants from clouding your stained glass pieces.
If you are lucky enough to have the complete history of your stained glass pieces, the process of stained glass restoration is much easier. If the origins of your stained glass and maintenance records do not exist, a restoration expert can help you make the best choices using their professional knowledge of architecture. Clues such as when your Dallas home was constructed, stylistic elements, compositional elements like frames and reinforcements, as well a hidden artists’ inscriptions all come into play.
One example that makes elude the average person is with Tiffany Studios stained glass – the studio went through many name changes including Tiffany Glass Company, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company, Tiffany Studios New York, and Louis C. Tiffany, and sometimes did not leave an inscription or signature.
Stained Glass Dallas has been a leading provider of stained glass services in the Dallas and Fort Worth area for over two decades. Over 40,000 stained glass pieces have been designed locally in Texas by our company, providing American quality you can trust. Contact us today for an expert consultation, free of cost!
By Martin Faith
As Dallas has been experiencing abnormal hail storms at the beginning of our summer months, many churches may notice that their stained glass windows are in need of repair or restoration. Whether your religious stained glass panels have small surface scratches or severe damage resulting from recent hail storms, Stained Glass Dallas can provide premium repair and restoration services. Our acclaimed restoration process can return your beautiful stained glass to its original glory, providing another century of inspiration for your congregation.
Restoration Process for Dallas Church Stained Glass Windows
We begin every restoration project with an on-site assessment of your religious stained glass windows. This allows us to better determine individual project needs, severity of stained glass damage, root issues producing deterioration, as well as an accurate project estimate. We tailor the restoration process specific to each project, ensuring successful results. Once you decide to undergo stained glass restoration, we carefully remove your stained glass windows and transport them back to our repair studio. From there your stained glass is soaked in a proprietary soap blend for up to two weeks in order to remove any impurities or dirt built up from the last century. This also allows us to disassemble your religious stained glass piece-by-piece so that we can repair or replace damaged pieces. Our stained glass artisans replicate any painted glass by hand in addition to creating all new lead came. Once restored, black cement is forced into every crack adding further reinforcement and durability.
Re-Installation of Your Dallas Church Stained Glass Windows
When your stained glass is set and polished, we return it to your Dallas church for re-installation. You and your congregation will be stunned by the luminosity, optical clarity, and beauty of your original stained glass.
By Martin Faith
Church stained glass provides an important part of the worship process for many congregations throughout the Dallas area. As these beautiful, one-of-a-kind, antique stained glass pieces begin to reach to age of severe deterioration, it’s vital to begin thinking about the restoration process. Religious stained glass restoration can be a time-consuming process but delivers unmatched luminosity and potentially another century to its lifespan. Restored stained glass also offers higher property equity and provides endless inspiration for generations to come.
How To Spot Damage In Your Dallas Home’s Stained Glass Windows
The 100-year mark for much of the stained glass in Dallas and across the country is here or approaching. It is right around this time that stained glass, barring any unforeseen problems due to accidental breakage or poor craftsmanship, will need restoration. If you own an older home in Dallas area and you have stained glass windows, the time for proper and timely care may be upon you; it is time to have your stained glass looked at by a professional. Read more…