Bring back the beauty of your stained glass art
01) Study your piece.
First, we review the composition and condition of your stained glass art. We seek to understand the meaning behind the piece and the building where the stained glass is installed.
02) Review your options.
Next, we walk you through your options for repair, along with associated costs. Solutions can range from light fixes to full-scale restoration, depending on the value and condition of your piece.
03) Source materials.
We determine the best way to match the original art, whether it’s using epoxy to repair the glass or carefully replacing the piece. Our artisans source materials consistent with the time period, manufacturer, and texture of the original glass.
04) Bring back original beauty.
Once we identify our materials and develop the plan, the repair process begins. Our artisans approach the process carefully, working to bring back the integrity and beauty of the art.
Levels of Restoration
There are different approaches for repairing damaged or aged stained glass. We walk through your options and costs so you can determine the best route for your piece.
A Temporary Solution
Repair work eliminates a hole or keeps a broken piece of glass from causing injury. It is meant to fill the space in time before the window is completely restored or rejuvenated. When time has deteriorated the lead or zinc matrix, the metal skeleton will need to be replaced. At that point, a more involved solution is required.
The Middle Ground
Rejuvenation often involves replacing missing or broken glass. We make every effort to use similar materials that closely match the original piece. The rejuvenation process sometimes requires removal or reassembly of portions of the lead matrix to flatten and strengthen windows. This helps eliminate bulges and bowing. Rejuvenation generally allows the window to survive another seventy to one hundred years at a moderate cost.
A Comprehensive Approach
Restoration is usually reserved for windows of historical importance. It can require extensive work and effort to return a damaged panel to its original look and strength. Over time, materials and techniques for stained glass have changed. In order to best match the original piece, the craftsman may need to use skills, time, and effort not normally used in other applications. Restoration often requires more time than the initial building of the artwork. In many cases, it must be done; in some, it is not economically possible.
A Renewed Life
It has become increasingly popular to recycle or repurpose stained glass artwork that was in the family farmhouse or was a gift from a family member. This is done by cutting down or enlarging panels to fit new window spaces or framing the heirloom to hang it against a wall as a conversation piece. We’ll help you identify the best way to display your glass artwork in its new home.
Restore your stained glass art
Learn more about how we can restore your piece to its original beauty.