Stained Glass Repair And Restoration Archives - Stained Glass San Antonio
Did you know that the stained glass restoration process is inevitable? In order to maintain your stained glass, it will need to be restored periodically every 75 years to 100 years. While this period may be shorter due to vandalism or severe weather or longer due to great maintenance and care, restoration will have to take place in order to keep your stained glass functioning. When it comes to how long you should wait before beginning the restoration process for your Austin antique stained glass, it’s important to know the indicators.
The Telltale Signs that Mean Your Austin Stained Glass Is Ready for Restoration
Typically restoration is required between the 75- year and 100-year mark– if your stained glass is in this age range, it’s a good idea to start looking into the restoration process. The telltale signs that indicate that restoration is needed can include: white film on the glass, broken glass, missing glass, cracked glass, softened lead came, disintegrating lead came, loose framework, warped appearance, yellowing or discoloration, as well as a concave or convex appearance. If your stained glass has one or more of these signs, it’s probably ready for restoration. If your stained glass has plexiglass installed over it and you notice discoloration or yellowing, it is important to address this before deterioration accelerates.
The Benefit of Being Proactive for Your Austin Stained Glass Restoration
Being proactive can save you significantly in your restoration costs. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be and you risk the fact that restoration may become more expensive than replacement. Don’t wait too long or you may have to replace your sentimental stained glass. Stained glass restoration can ensure that future generations are able to enjoy your stained glass as well.
For more information regarding stained glass restoration, please contact us!
If your church caught signs of deterioration before your stained glass windows fell apart, you’re extremely fortunate. Many churches aren’t aware of the warning signs of deterioration. By the time that they do notice that their stained glass is in poor condition, and large sections have fallen out, it is often too late to do anything about it. Some magnificent works have been lost for this very reason.
Now that your church is aware of the need for stained glass restoration from a San Antonio expert, the next step is to figure out a way to finance your project. One of the most common ways that churches finance stained glass repair projects is with fundraising. By obtaining donations from members of the church, or the surrounding community, you may be able to gather all of the necessary funds to pay for the entire project without having to spend a dime.
San Antonio churches are typically beginning the restoration process since most stained glass windows are within the 75-year to 100-year range. Restoration is a necessary process that ensures proper preservation of treasured, historic stained glass windows. In order to find the right stained glass contractor for your restoration process, it is important to ask the following questions. Having a good understanding of what to look for can drastically dictate the outcome of your project.
Choosing the Right Stained Glass Studio for San Antonio Church Restorations
When researching the right stained glass studio to undertake your restoration project, churches should always ask for the following: multiple references from past restoration jobs, portfolio items that are similar in size to your restoration project, as well as an on-site assessment. Stained glass contractors with in-depth experience in restoration should have no problem with complying with these requirements. If you’re working with an insurance company and need to submit a claim, the right stained glass studio should have no problem with assisting in necessary claims materials. If a stained glass contractor says they can give you a project estimate without an on-site assessment, that is not a credible sign. Project estimates require an on-site assessment. This on-site assessment also analyzes what the underlying causes of deterioration are and is required to create a custom restoration plan.
Restoration Process for Your San Antonio Church Stained Glass
Once you’ve chosen the right stained glass contractor for your restoration project, it is important to understand that this is an extensive process that can take about one month per restored window. Your stained glass windows will also have to be removed from your church where temporary windows are installed to keep your church safe.
For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your San Antonio church, please contact us!
Church And Chapel Stained Glass Restoration In San Antonio
Our beautiful city of San Antonio is celebrated for its historic sights and landmarks, such as our churches and cathedrals full of vintage stained glass. Stained glass, or colored glass, immediately draws the eye to it and is one of the oldest art forms in the world. With such an important tradition to maintain, San Antonio churches have a great responsibility when it comes to their stained glass restoration.
With that in mind, here is some advice for San Antonio church stained glass restoration:
Respect the Art Form
The first stained glass window dates back to 675 AD. In San Antonio, our oldest stained glass windows appear in The Chapel of the Incarnate Word, and they date back to the early 1900s. With glass over a hundred years old, it’s important to understand and respect this as an art form and not just as window filler. With proper respect comes proper care.
Avoid Unnecessary Work
When church stained glass restoration becomes necessary, only trained specialists should handle it. Until then, pay it the reverence you would an oil painting in a museum, because that is very similar to what it is. It is delicate and should be mostly left alone. Do not do unnecessary work to fading colors, scratches, cracks, or buckling.
Clean It Carefully
The interior of stained glass windows may get dirty over time, compromising the appearance of the window. Use a soft, dry brush to gently wipe away dust and imperfections, but do not use any harsh tools or materials. Anything other than light brushing can cause loss of detail or other damage.
Contact a Church Stained Glass Restoration Specialist
When you feel that it is time for church stained glass restoration at your San Antonio church, be sure to contact a specialist. Stained Glass San Antonio is an expert at vintage stained glass restoration. We are trained professionals and have years of experience handling the treasures that are stained glass windows. Give us a call today to and let us handle the very delicate task of restoring your San Antonio church’s stained glass.
Painted Church Tours In Texas
When visiting San Antion Texas a fantastic little activity is going to see the world renowned “Painted Churches”–the pride of many parts of the state. Painted churches are historic chapels, most of which were painted by German and Czech immigrants. As a way to celebrate their success and keep their spirits up, they use bright colors and bold patterns. Even better than visiting a single church is doing an entire tour. The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce is known to be the best for this as reflected in their reviews and ratings online and well worth the $10 fee. As stained glass professionals here in Texas, we at Stained Glass San Antonio, can definitely appreciate the preservation of such amazing treasures which are a testament to Texas’ long and colorful history. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to write a little about the best churches included in the tour and the stained glass windows within them.
Stained Glass Treasures In Texas Painted Churches
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
This lovely old church is Nicknamed “The Pink Church” and was built in 1907. Technically it is the third church built on this site because both churches before it were destroyed by natural disasters. The current stained glass windows are simple, much simpler than the original ones that were destroyed but still breathtaking.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Dubina, TX)
The Saints Cyril and Methodius Church were designed by is the famous architect Leo Dielmann after the original church was destroyed in a hurricane in 1909. Dielman, as you may know, designed over 100 churches in Central Texas and it is easy to see why after visiting this painted church. The stained glass in Saints Cyril and Methodius is surrounded by some of the most beautiful interiors of almost any Texas painted church– characteristic of Dielman’s designs.
St. Mary Catholic Church (High Hill, TX)
St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill has a brick exterior with a wooden interior which is different than most other churches in the area. The reason for this building style is that many were destroyed by storms and fires and brick/stone simply hold up better. St. Mary Catholic Church too was designed by famed church architect Leo Dielmann and was actually the first one he designed. Once again his Gothic Revival style is even evident by on the stained glass windows and painting on the ceiling.
Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we have repaired and restored quite a few churches similar to the amazing ones above. As restoration experts, we cherish the long church and stained glass history in the state of Texas and would love to work with your church if the need is there. For more information on stained glass repair or restoration in all of Texas, contact us today!
The Key To A Smooth Stained Glass Restoration Is Preparation
Once the decision has been made to get the stained glass in your San Antonio home restored– it is all gravy from there. Or can be–with the proper contractor and the proper steps to ensure things go smoothly. But happily, for you, the next step is essentially restoring your San Antonio homes stained glass to give it new life and luster for you to enjoy. As with many home restoration projects, this will involve workers in your homes and parts of your home that are off-limits for hours to days. Below we have outlined a few suggestions for your preparations based on questions we get and advice we give to our customers about preparing for a home improvement project.
How To Prepare For A Stained Glass Restoration
Whether To Stay In The House Or Leave During A Stained Glass Restoration
We are often asked whether one should stay or leave during a restoration. And really, the answer is for the most part–stay. While stained glass restoration does involve deep cleaning and scrapping–most of the chemicals are gentle for homes and humans. In the cases when more in-depth repair work needs to be done, or harsh chemicals will be used, we will most likely be doing it offsite in our studio.
Clear The Area Around Your Stained Glass Window
Since stained glass is breakable (although, no more so than normal glass) and always runs the risk of glass pieces where they shouldn’t be– you will want the area to be completely clear so your stained glass restoration specialist can maneuver as easy as possible. Also, take the time to clear off all ledges, shelves and, especially stairs.
Protect Your Furnishings And Keep Kids And Pets Away
Make sure you to look around the area of the restoration ahead of time, move what you can out of the way and cover anything you cannot move. Although most of the cleaners we use for in-home restorations are mild–water stains are possible if things aren’t covered. Always make sure to keep kids and pets away from the work area–even gating them in separate rooms if possible. Things like ladders, buckets, dirty rags, and even loose glass are all items that could be laying around and be dangerous for children and animals–even adults too!
Most importantly, if you have any question on stained glass restoration and/or crews, make sure to ask. At Stained Glass San Antonio, we are happy to answer any questions before, during and even after we restore your San Antonio home’s stained glass. Contact us today for more information on stained glass restoration!
Though stained glass has been around for quite some time, the movement gained most its popularity during the Middle Ages. However, in the 19th century, stained glass saw a revival, and this also happened again in the 20th century, when the movement spread to the US. As is such, many of the stained glass windows in the United States are now reaching a point where there are starting to deteriorate, calling the need for restoration.
The historic stained glass features in San Antonio chapels are well known across the country. These antique stained glass panels showcase really powerful imagery that’s held sacred to many of the chapel goers that attend daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Religious stained glass has a way of touching hearts, inspiring, and relaying personal messages to congregation members. Enhancing stained glass is vital for both the worship experience as well as increasing chapel equity.
How To Spot Damage In Your San Antonio Home’s Stained Glass Windows
The nation’s stained glass and leaded glass nearing or already at the 100th-anniversary mark, which is right around the time-stained glass needs full restoration barring any unforeseen problems due to accidental breakage or less than perfect craftsmanship. So, in order to have the best, brightest and most beautiful stained glass in your San Antonio home, proper and timely care is essential. However, just because your glass is old, does not mean it needs restoration so– Read more…
Does Your Stained Glass Need Cleaning?
The dawn of the DIY era is here. That’s right, in this day and age, almost anything can be done at home these days if you have a bit of time, a small budget and, of course, Google. Stained glass cleaning is no different and there are a lot of articles out there about how to clean your stained glass yourself. But, it is hard to know which one to trust. As stained glass professionals, we suggest you take all of them with a grain of salt. Whether or not you should clean your own stained glass really comes down to two things:
a. Exactly what needs to be done
b. Whether or not doing it yourself is good for your health and the health of your stained glass.
To find out when to clean your stained glass yourself and when to hire a professional, like Stained Glass San Antonio, read on!
When And How To Clean Stained Glass Yourself
Stained glass is a very strong material, but, you really need to be careful when touching it or cleaning it. If your goal is just to get rid of some dust on your stained glass, then using a chemical-free duster and lightly sweeping away dust is fine. If your stained glass needs a bit more cleaning, you can use a simple dish soap and water to get rid of light grime. Be sure you are in a strong position, not on a ladder or windowsill, so you don’t fall into the glass and break it or hurt yourself. You clean stained glass by gently rubbing each pane of glass from the inside out with an upward, gentle, scoop-like motion. BE CAREFUL though and never scrub the glass. You likely want to go back through each piece with a wet soapless cloth to “rinse” any residue left on the glass from cleaning too.
When Not To Clean Your Stained Glass Yourself
Like we mentioned before, stained glass can hold up fairly well but, caution is integral if you want your stained glass to have a long life. We feel, the best idea for stained glass cleaning is really, to just call a professional like Stained Glass San Antonio. Below are some reasons you absolutely need to call a professional.
-Your stained glass is more than 50 years old
-Your stained glass shows any signs of sagging, cracks, gaps or other disrepair
-Your stained glass does not come clean with soap and water. *Remember, the chemicals it takes to get rid of extremely tarnished stained glass can be very harmful to you or your family
-Your stained glass is up high or in a hard to reach area
-Your stained glass is visibly very tarnished–soap and water simply won’t work on layers of caked on grime
If you are ready to get your stained glass looking bright and new again but don’t want to deal with the hassle and inherent danger of cleaning it yourself, remember, there are experts to do it for you. Keep in mind also that a simple cleaning is much less expensive than an extensive repair should you damage your stained glass doing it yourself. Contact Stained Glass San Antonio today for a free stained glass cleaning estimate!