Church Stained Glass Restoration & Repair
Church stained glass can become an important part of the worship experience for any member of your congregation who finds it inspirational, uplifting, and symbolic. Although stained glass has been popular in churches around the world for centuries, it surged in popularity here in the United States around one hundred years ago or so.
That means that many church stained glass windows in the United States are antiques, and probably are in need of either repair or restoration at this point in time. Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we have developed an extensive, multi-step process in order to restore these magnificent windows back to their original beauty. Restoration also can ensure that your church’s stained glass windows will last another hundred years or more, continuing to inspire and enlighten you and your congregation.
Does your San Antonio church window need repair or restoration?
This depends upon the type and the extent of the damage. If a window has one or two cracked panes of glass, and needs a thorough cleaning and polishing to bring it back to life, that would be a repair job.
Restoration is necessary when there is more extensive damage. This is often the cause due to the oxidation of the lead in stained glass windows. Oxidation occurs around the 75 year point, usually displaying a fine white film on the lead itself. Over the decades, the lead can become brittle as well. It can warp or bend beneath the weight of the stained glass window, the pull of gravity, as well as natural environmental factors. Stained glass can also deteriorate due to extensive heat buildup that occurs when a sheet of plexiglass has been placed over the window, in a misguided attempt to protect the stained glass from vandalism or the Texas elements. Unfortunately, this plexiglass scenario is all too common in San Antonio church stained glass windows.
Church Stained Glass Restoration Process
To bring a damaged stained glass window back to life, while prolonging it for another century or more, is a true honor for us! We greatly value the talent and craftsmanship of our stained glass artisans who worked to make these beautiful and inspirational creations like new. If the cost of a large restoration is an issue, please talk to us about how we might be able to help with fundraising for the project.
To properly restore a stained glass window, we must conduct an assessment first. The assessment allows our team of experienced, local stained glass artisans to analyze and problem solve the root problems that have lead to deterioration of your stained glass. Once the underlying issues are identified, we create a customized plan-of-action to restore your window and deter these underlying issues from affecting it again.
Our team carefully removes your stained glass window and transports it back to our stained glass studio. The piece is soaked in a proprietary cleaning solution for at least to weeks, in order to remove decades of dirt, impurities, and stains. Once completely clean, your stained glass window is disassembled, piece by piece. The missing or damaged pieces are replaced, using matching glass that we can source from either our inventory of over 50,000 pieces or have custom blasted to ensure it perfectly matches the original. If your stained glass window features painted glass, an older technique where paint is fused to the glass by being baked in a kiln, or design experts can replicate any technique guaranteeing a flawless match.
We rebuild your stained glass window with lead, tin, and black cement ensuring added strength and durability. When we reinstall the restored church stained glass window, we will reinforce it with an addition of two clear panes of glass, that will protect it from the harsh Texas weather elements and give it greater thermal efficiency at the same time.
For more information about church stained glass restoration and repair, San Antonio or across the state of Texas, please contact us today: (210) 544-5507