Types Of Stained Glass Repairs And Timelines

Whether or not to have your Colorado Springs church stained glass repaired is probably something your congregation has considered at one time or another. We have found one of the most common hesitations when considering this is worrying about how long it will take for a craftsman to finish the repairs. After all, any sort of renovation can cause disruption to services and other church activities. We would love to tell you that all repairs are easy and done in as little as one day but the truth is, depending on the state of your stained glass, repairs could take anywhere from a single day to much, much longer. To get an idea of how long repairs for the glass on your Colorado Springs church’s stained glass window will take–read below.

Stained Glass Cleaning Time Frame

In general, stained glass cleaning can take as little as a day– for small to medium-sized churches. However, large Cathedrals or churches with big windows will take a bit longer because of the size and difficulty in reaching the windows. Also, if windows have not been cleaned ever or in a very long time, this could push the time estimate up dramatically.

Minor Repairs To Broken Stained Glass Pieces Timeframe

Smaller repairs such as replacing a few pieces of broken glass here and there are a quick repair when done by a trained professional. This work, called a “drop-in,” “stop-in,” or “open-lead” repair, simply means soldering the joint and replacing a small piece(s) of broken glass. If you have or need Zinc caming this process will take longer, because of the need for folding it back to repair or replace the old glass, and resolder the joints.

Replacement Stained Glass Timeframe

Replacement glass which exactly or closely matches the original piece can be very difficult to find and/or costly to make and definitely needs more time to complete. When we have to replicate glass, only time will get us to where we need to be because we often need to make numerous iterations to get it right. This is because there are so many glass colors and textures that were produced, often times with “secret” formulas that we need to learn to mimic.

Structural Repairs On Stained Glass Timeframe

This is the most lengthy type of repair. It includes things like windows that have detached from the saddle bars and begun to sag, bulge, and bow. When this happens we must first remove the glass piece by piece and then repair or rebuild the entire frame structure. After that, we repair the glass off-site and re-install it. This takes time, sometimes up to a year, but is so very worth it from a monetary and sentimental perspective. Once your Colorado Springs’ church stained glass is repaired in this fashion, you will be startled at the new life and luster.

Watch the video below to get a better understanding of stained glass repairs on your Colorado Springs Church:

To get the best idea about how long your Colorado Springs church’s stained glass repair or restoration will take, contact us for a free, on-site estimate of time and cost.