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How Our Stained And Leaded Glass Inserts make adding Decorative Glass to your San Antonio Home an Easy Process
A lot of homeowners looking for an elegant design addition to their home consider stained glass but are hesitant to pull the trigger because of what they perceive to be a long, drawn-out process or great expense. As far as expense is concerned, it is true, stained glass is a home improvement with a higher initial investment than others in its category but when it comes to selling your San Antonio home, it could yield as much as 10x your initial investment–which makes it well worth it. As for the perception of stained glass having a lengthy and difficult install, nothing could not be further from the truth. In fact, homeowners in San Antonio will be surprised to discover, stained glass can be installed by Stained Glass San Antonio by way of leaded glass inserts in as little as an hour. This method is simple, speedy and looks just as good as any other stained glass installation method.
Mackintosh style stained glass is unfortunately not as well known in Texas, but we think it’d make a wonderful addition to any San Antonio home. Mackintosh style stained glass was created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous Scottish architect and artist, born in 1868. This beautiful stained glass style often features symmetric squares or rectangles with the infamous Glasgow rose. Mackintosh style stained glass is also well known for its ability to move effortlessly from very geometric Mission style designs to free flowing Art Nouveau designs, often times combining the two.
At Stained Glass San Antonio, we sometimes get so excited about certain projects that we can’t help but want to share the details. Oftentimes, these projects are very extensive, time consuming, and sometimes extremely complicated, but are also incredibly rewarding. During the past twenty five years that we’ve been in business, we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of some incredible stained glass restorations, many of which turned out even better than we originally expected. One of our favorite projects that we’ve been able to be a part of was stained glass restoration for the First United Methodist Church in Del Rio Texas.
The Perfect Stained Glass Style For Your San Antonio Home
When it comes to stained glass for your San Antonio home, the question shouldn’t be if you should add it but what style to add! This is because stained glass is such a lovely addition to any home in the San Antonio area and around the country. It brightens rooms, adds curb appeal and even adds value to your home when it comes time to sell. At Stained Glass San Antonio, we love each and every style of stained glass window we create, however, if you are looking for a popular and truly timeless style, Mid-century modern stained glass is an excellent choice and one we get requests for often. But what is mid-century modern stained glass and what can you expect this design style to look like? Read below and find out all about this American classic! Read more…
Why “SIG” (Seal in Glass) Windows Are a Great Choice for Adding Leaded Glass to Your San Antonio Bathroom
If you’re thinking about doing some remodelling to your home to give it a more modern or updated look, SIG stained glass windows can be a great choice for your bathroom. SIG stained glass makes a beautiful addition to San Antonio homes, whether they’re contemporary in their architectural style or have a more vintage and historic look. And it also offers many practical benefits too like added safety and protection for your windows.
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!
While there are many types of stained glass out there, there are few as famous as Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style designs. There’s something about the thick, clean lines of leading and warm earth tones that makes prairie style stained glass so unique and alluring. And it can also make a beautiful addition to your home. Below, we’ll discuss a few different ideas for including prairie style stained glass in your San Antonio home.
As the art of glassmaking has evolved, so have the methods for producing stained glass windows. Modern glassmakers have found that certain techniques or materials help make stained glass last longer than those that were once used in the past. For example, while it used to be thought that placing plexiglass over a stained glass panel would protect it, modern glassmakers have found that this actually causes deterioration due to the buildup of excess heat. This techniques are now outdated and are no longer used by today’s stained glass studios. However, there are still many historic buildings whose stained glass has begun to suffer due to these technical flaws.
Elegance and style are two things you look for in a home improvement project for your San Antonio home and there is no match for stained and/or leaded glass to achieve this. The overt beauty of stained glass makes that clear. It is easy to see from the luxurious lines and attractive patterns that these pieces of art will be a lovely addition to any home. Similarly, their function is very apparent too– adding privacy and a definitive touch of class to any part of your San Antonio home. Read more…
Has the recent hailstorm in Odessa got you reeling because of the damage to your stained glass windows? If so, you’re not alone. Dozens of homeowners and churches have been impacted by the damages caused by the storm. But don’t get too overwhelmed, because we have a solution to your stained glass hail damage problem. Stained Glass San Antonio offers stained glass repair for Odessa and the surrounding area as well as a variety of other services to help stained glass owners deal with the aftermath of the storm.