Stained Glass Repair and Restoration
Many beautiful and historic windows have been repaired and restored over the years by Denver Stained Glass. While we know most stained glass companies turn away this sort of work, we are happy to repair or restore anything from the wonderful historic cathedral window to the homemade piece of stained glass your mom made and gave you for Christmas.
Stained Glass Repair for Denver Homes, Businesses, and Churches
Normally if a stained glass window is less than 50 years old it can be repaired simply and inexpensively. If the lead camping is still in good condition then it`s just a question of replacing the broken piece. Stained glass repairs can usually be completed on-site without removing your window. From buffing to simple repairs, we’ve got you covered.
Stained Glass Restoration for Denver Properties
For windows around the 75-year to 100-year mark, full restoration may be required. The restoration process begins with an on-site assessment. This assessment determines the underlying causes of deterioration, provides a cost-benefit analysis, an appraisal, as well as project timeline and estimate. Once you’ve decided to go forth with the restoration, we carefully remove your stained glass and have it transported back to our local Denver studio.
When our studio receives your stained glass, we soak it in a proprietary soap bath for up to two weeks in order to remove all the dirt and debris that’s built up over the last century. This soak also makes it easier to take apart your window piece by piece in preparation for restoration. The lead came is properly and safely disposed of while we categorize glass pieces still in good condition. The damaged glass pieces are replaced by perfect matches and an artist will hand replicate any damaged painted glass.
Once all the glass components are restored, we create a new lead came with a proprietary mixture of metals for optimal strength and longevity. Your stained glass window is then set with black cement then polished when dry. We’ll remove your temporary windows and re-install your gorgeous, freshly restored stained glass window.
Stained Glass Restoration due to Deterioration of Lead
Stained glass is not a fragile material, in fact, it is very durable. Which means the stained glass itself on your Denver home or church will not deteriorate over time (barring breakage). What is usually the cause of most damage to stained glass windows is from deterioration of the leading, which holds the individual pieces of glass together. The reason for this is– lead reacts with both air and moisture to oxidize and becomes brittle; lead will also sag over time due to the weight of the glass and support structure failure. This process takes anywhere from 60 to 120 years. So, by the time your stained glass needs restoration has usually reached antique status and restoring and/or repairing church or home vintage stained glass is well worth your time and effort.
Hail Damage to Stained Glass
While hail wreaks havoc on stained glass windows it is usually not terminal damage. Should you get hail damage on your Denver church, or even home stained glass, we are a good partner to help you with repairs. Our process essentially is removing the hail-damaged panels, fixing glass pieces that are redeemable, creating new glass panels to replace those beyond repair, re-leading the pieces then re-installing them. After we complete the job of repairing your hail damaged church stained glass we will also add an extra layer of glass to protect the window from being damaged again.
Wind Damage to Stained Glass
Older stained glass here in Denver was typically built into home and churches. If these windows are the originals they are usually not protected from the elements because that is how older windows were built. Beyond hail, wind is one of the major causes of stained glass falling into disrepair. Besides the obvious fact that wind will propel objects to strike and break stained glass, is the fact that wind also stretches the glass’s support structure–namely the lead. Lead that is bowing and stretching gives a concave appearance to the stained glass window. If left like this for too long, it will eventually lead to the stained glass on your Denver home or church falling out and/or cracking. Stained glass restoration and repairs are the solutions to this issue. Our process involves removing the stained glass and restoring it (either by flattening the glass or replacing the lead) then reassembling using the existing glass pieces.
Re-Leading to Restore Stained Glass
As mentioned, the solution to most issues regarding stained glass windows is to re-lead the panels of the window. Re-leading is the process of removing old lead and replacing it with new lead using better materials and improved techniques. This also allows us a chance to remove each piece of original glass and clean them. After the stained glass cleaning process is done, and the glass leaded back into place, the look of the stained glass window changes dramatically and looks markedly better. The stained glass in your Denver home or church, in fact, will look like new, with incredible luster and shine. If done correctly a stained glass restoration will last for 100+ years before needing another round or restoration or repairs.
Work with Denver’s Leading Stained Glass Restoration Studio
The old masters of stained glass worked entirely by hand and with glass cutters and equipment which was far inferior to what we have today. Despite these difficulties, they produced stained glass of incredible beauty and we feel it is our duty to preserve and protect these works of art for all time.
Our team is made up of expert builders and designers who will work with you along the way to creating the perfect restoration of your stained glass in Denver. If you have any questions about our repair process or would like to learn more about how to get your stained glass restored, feel free to give us a call or contact us today.