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The Rising Church: Stained Glass Restoration Project

On 03, May 2022 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

We’re excited to announce the completion of our most recent church stained glass restoration project. The Rising Church was built in 1913 in Arvada, CO. This beloved community church is celebrated for its comprehensive homeless outreach. One evening, someone walking by had thought they heard people screaming inside of the church after hours. They decided to throw rocks through the stained glass windows to stop the commotion. Fortunately, there wasn’t anyone inside but as a result, most of the windows were damaged.

The Rising Church Stained Glass Restoration Process and Challenges

We removed and transported about 90% of their windows back to our studio for restoration. We carefully disassembled all of the pieces and replaced the damaged glass. By utilizing our inventory as well as our custom glass manufacturing partner, we were able to achieve a 100% color match to the original. All of the hand-painted pieces were kept in place by using a proprietary invisible glass mending technique. Our team replaced all of the lead and also had to resize the windows. That’s because many of the windows were missing their outer lead frames since they were removed to force the windows to fit. After resizing, we were able to successfully reinstall the windows. New vented polycarbonate exterior protective coverings were also installed alongside freshly painted exterior window frames. This added optimal structural integrity and enhanced the vibrancy from both the inside and outside.

Work With Fort Worth’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Studio

Fort Worth Stained Glass is honored to be the trusted church stained glass restoration studio serving the state of Texas and the nation. Our team is happy to help you through your next restoration project. We’re available for on-site comprehensive assessments and have all of the stained glass resources you need. For more information regarding church stained glass restoration, please contact us!

How Long Does Stained Glass Last?

Stained glass is one of those long-lasting materials that can be passed down through several generations. Stained glass produced in the twentieth century will typically survive 80-100 years before the lead begins to break and jeopardize the window’s survival. However, as a stained glass owner, there are certain things you may do to keep your window functioning for as long as possible.

Caring for Your Fort Worth Home’s Stained Glass Windows

Consider your stained glass window to be a work of art. These priceless furnishings appreciate in worth as time goes on. The key to the longevity of your stained glass is proper care. Here are some ideas from us for how you may properly take care of your lovely and valuable stained glass windows.

Prolong the Life of Your Fort Worth Home’s Stained Glass With Regular Cleanings

Regular maintenance is the key to a long life and brilliant appearance of stained glass. Grime will build up on your stained glass, especially because this form of glass usually has a lot of texture. You may keep dirt from accumulating by lightly dusting your home’s stained glass once a month. Professionals should take care of the deep cleaning since special cleaning solutions are needed to clean the glass without too much pressure being applied.

Prolong the Life of Your Fort Worth Home’s Stained Glass with Regular Professional Cleanings

A professional cleaning is crucial for your stained glass. This is especially true if you’re a person who neglects to keep your windows clean on a regular basis. A professional will have the correct equipment and cleaners to properly clean your stained glass windows. They’ll also look at your glass carefully to see whether any issues have arisen over time.

Prolong the Life of Your Fort Worth Home’s Stained Glass by Having Small Damage Repaired Right Away

When the weather is bad in Fort Worth, stained glass windows may suffer significant damage. Although it’s possible that minor weather-related breaks, chips, and scratches might occur, stained glass is extremely robust and can withstand a lot of punishment. These little problems are simple to repair and do not involve a large investment of money to fix when caught early. If you wait to have the window repaired, its structure may be harmed. This could mean broken glass fragments fall out, which may equal very expensive structural repairs.

For more information on stained glass maintenance and repair in Fort Worth, contact us today!

Things to Consider Before Restoring Church Stained Glass

On 30, Aug 2021 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Stained glass windows in old churches here in Fort Worth are likely antiques–especially in churches.  This also means they could need repairs or even full restoration.   In order to make an informed decision, it is important for the church leaders and congregation members to weigh the pros and cons of repairing stained glass windows.  Read on to learn more.

 Pros and Cons of Restoring Church Stained Glass

Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Monetary Value

 When you consider the historic stained glass in your Fort Worth church, it may not seem like much. But depending on who made them and what materials they’re composed of, their worth could be quite high! Restoring these pieces would help to improve their value.  This is why in most cases we recommend restoring the windows before they are unsalvageable.

Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Historical Value

Church stained glass windows from the early days of this city hold important historical value. Some are more historically valuable than others, but they all contribute to a greater story that is still being told today. Fort Worth Churches can preserve their history through preserving these pieces of beautiful art and by doing so will also be holding on to both local and church history for future generations. 

Pro: Antique Stained Glass Has Sentimental Value

Stained glass windows have been a fixture in many churches for decades. For members of the congregation, they can represent memories and stories about their church that simply cannot be replaced.  By preserving these stained glass pieces through restoration, it ensures that new generations here in Fort Worth will be able to create new memories and the old memories will stay intact too.

 Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration is Expensive

Stained glass restoration can become expensive. Large antique stained-glass windows may require the entire frame to be taken down and reconstructed, which is a costly process that many churches cannot afford. But there are ways for communities to raise funds through grants or other means including historical ones in order to help restore these precious relics. 

Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration can be Time-consuming

The amount of time a church restoration takes varies but if there are numerous windows and square feet of repairs it could be lengthy.  It often takes time at our studio to match colors or techniques from over 100 years ago. Be sure your congregation has this window repair project planned well ahead because once they’re removed for work, they might not be replaced for up to a year.

For more information on stained glass restoration for your Fort Worth church’s stained glass windows, contact us today for a free, onsite consultation.

Restoring the Famous Stained Glass Windows in the Vernon A.M.E. Church in Tulsa

The belief that stained glass windows are fragile is a common misconception. In reality, stained glass windows are quite sturdy. Not only are they held together by durable materials like cement and lead caming, but there’s a tremendous amount of thought and consideration that goes into their design. There are stained glass windows that still exist today which were built hundreds of years ago.

Nevertheless, restoration is an inevitable part of every stained glass window’s life cycle. Which tedious, this process is remarkably effective for renewing windows which are old or deteriorating. At Fort Worth Stained Glass, we have spent years perfecting this process and are proud to say that it’s an area we excel in. We have helped many stained glass owners restore and preserve their beloved artwork over the years.

Just recently, we had the opportunity to work on a particularly unique stained glass restoration project for a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Vernon A.M.E. Church, famous for its role in protecting community residents during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, asked us to repair their beloved stained glass. Below, we’ve discussed the project in detail. Read more…

The Stained Glass Restoration Process for Your Fort Worth Church

On 06, May 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Churches throughout Fort Worth have some of the most incredible original stained glass features. Stained glass has always played a significant role in the worship process lending both inspiration and sentimental value for your congregation. These original stained glass windows can become an important part of the community reflecting both historical and antique value as well. In order to make sure that future generations can appreciate your windows, stained glass restoration is required.

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Understanding the Investment of Stained Glass Repair

On 06, Mar 2020 | No Comments | In Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Repairing stained glass isn’t always cheap. But is it a worthwhile investment into your Fort Worth home or business? Here’s what you need to know.

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Do the Benefits of Repairing Stained Glass Justify the Cost?

On 01, Feb 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

For property owners that are lucky enough to have their own stained glass features, understanding the importance of proper upkeep is crucial in order to maintain your stained glass. Periodic restorations are actually required to keep stained glass preserved. In addition to periodic restorations, there are things you can do to keep your stained glass functioning well and looking beautiful. While proper care and cleaning are important for maintaining anything, timely repairs are also important. So the question is do repairs justify your stained glass costs?

Understanding Repairs for Stained Glass Cost

Stained glass cost can seem significant especially when it comes to repairs. However, this worthy investment offers an incredible ROI for homes, businesses, houses of worship, and any other property with stained glass. Repairing stained glass in a timely manner can actually help you save money. This proactive repair helps reduce the risk of permanent damage and can help extend the time between required restorations. While an unrepaired stained glass window can be appraised for significantly less, it’s important to understand the comparison to houses. When you make renovations in your home, the overall value of your home dramatically increases. The same happens when you invest in your stained glass. Stained glass cost is associated with the sweat equity you put in, enhancing the overall value and restoring its antique value.

Work with Fort Worth’s Leading Stained Glass Cost Experts

Fort Worth Stained Glass is honored to be the leading stained glass cost experts serving the Texas area. We’re always happy to help you with stained glass appraisals ($500 minimum) and offer a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis with every stained glass assessment. While stained glass repair costs can be substantial, they’re always more cost-effective than stained glass replacement.

For more information regarding stained glass cost for your Fort Worth property, please contact us!

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

On 28, Oct 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Here in Fort Worth has a lot of homes from the early part of the 20th century. One thing decor element many of these homes have in common is historical stained glass windows–which were prevalent at that time. If your Fort Worth home was built before 1920 your stained glass is antique and likely needs restoration. People who own historic homes often ask us if they should repair or remove this type of deteriorating historical glass. That is a personal decision based on their tastes and budget. However, below we have provided some guidance on why restoration may be the best idea. 

The Key Benefit Of Restoring Stained Glass

We like to say the best reason for restoring stained glass rather than removing because historical glass has great value and this value is three-fold.

Antique Stained Glass Has Historical Value

The early 1900s were a time of great change here in the US–, especially in the west. Built-in an era of progress and changing tastes, stained glass windows here in Texas are therefore historically significant. While this may not translate directly into money– you can’t put a price on preserving a bygone era. Making historical windows in Fort Worth prime candidates to restore for posterity’s sake.

Vintage Stained Glass Adds Resale Value

Another value that stained glass has is that it will add value to your home when you go to sell. In fact, stained glass windows are known to appraise for 10x to 20x more than new ones. So keeping these windows intact and in good repair, rather than replacing them, is a very good idea to increase the resale value of your home. Furthermore, homes with stained glass simply sell faster. 

Antique Stained Glass Could Have Monetary Value

Actual monetary value is, of course, another value stained glass brings to the table. If your Fort Worth home’s windows are very old (over 100 years) they are antiques, in which case they may be worth restoring rather than replacing. Likewise, some stained glass windows in the Fort Worth area may have been made by famous artisans or studios. In cases like these, restoring them is essential. The only way to find out if these windows have value is by having an assessment by a professional. They will be able to identify artist signatures, materials and give you an estimated value. 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 Fort Worth or to schedule an assessment, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

 

Benefits of Preserving Your Historical Home’s Character by Repairing Stained Glass in Fort Worth

On 25, Oct 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Some of the historic homes found here in Fort Worth have the most incredible, original stained glass windows. These antique stained glass windows are so unique, adding to that classic charm that’s almost impossible to truly replicate. When it comes to preserving the antique stained glass windows in your home, it is important to conduct timely repairs. Repairing your stained glass can help you save time, money, and resources down the line. While restoration is inevitable, repairs can make such a difference in longevity and condition.

Residential Stained Glass Repair Benefits for Your Fort Worth Home

Small damages and concerns left unaddressed can quickly turn into large, expensive problems. Proactive and preventative care is always less expensive. Prioritizing timely repairs can nip problems from the start before they escalate. Whether you have a small scratch or your stained glass suffered from vandalism or a recent storm, in-home repairs are available. Repairing your stained glass can ensure longer periods of time before restoration is needed. Timely repairs combined with proper maintenance and care can make all the difference. Letting small damages go can quickly require a full restoration, which is substantially more expensive than repairs. Don’t let the situation get out of hand before you’re unable to afford the proper repairs and restoration.

Work with Fort Worth’s Leading Residential Stained Glass Repair Experts

Fort Worth Stained Glass is proud to be the leading residential stained glass repair experts serving the Texas area. Work with our stained glass artisans for all the best repair solutions. Most repairs can be completed in your home. If your stained glass is significantly damaged or deteriorated, a full restoration will be required. Restoration usually requires removing your stained glass window and replacing it with a temporary one.

For more information regarding residential stained glass repair, please contact us!

3 Reasons Not To Wait to Begin Restoring Fort Worth Stained Glass

On 12, Jun 2019 | No Comments | In Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

It can be distressing to deal with damage or deterioration to stained glass. Perhaps you walked into your church one morning to find out that your stained glass had been vandalized overnight by graffiti artists. Or maybe you’ve noticed some odd changes in its appearance as of late, such as yellowing of the plexiglass coloring or cloudy sections. Or, even worse, maybe your stained glass has deteriorated to the point where pieces have fallen out or cracked in half. Either way, you’re stained glass needs restoration from a Fort Worth expert.

Stained glass restoration can become expensive depending on the intensity of the project. However, most stained glass windows with minor damage can be restored at a fairly affordable cost. Either way, you may feel hesitant about proceeding with the process due to the financial aspect. But it’s important to know that when it comes to restoration, it’s best not to wait. Here’s why.

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