Beveled and leaded glass windows are both popular choices for Colorado Springs homeowners who want privacy but prefer the aesthetic of clear glass instead of colorful glass. Clear glass is much more popular nowadays for modern architectural styles. And it also allows for a lot of freedom.

With colored glass, you don’t get as much versatility. If you’re the type of person who is constantly repainting and redecorating, or if you don’t plan to stay in your home for a long time, then beveled or leaded windows with clear glass may be the perfect option for you.

Here are the major differences between these two stained glass styles.

Beveled Glass Vs. Leaded Glass: What’s the Difference?

Beveled and leaded glass windows have both been used for centuries. Both are largely influenced by European architectural styles. While leaded and beveled windows have a similar aesthetic, but there are some distinct differences between the two.

Leaded Glass Windows

Leaded glass is very similar to traditional stained glass windows, with the only exception being the lack of color. No dye or paint is added to leaded glass. However, like stained glass, it’s surface is textured. When you look through it, objects on the other side appear distorted. This is how it creates privacy. It’s created by mixing lead-rich materials into the glass when it’s in a liquid state. Many homeowners in Colorado Springs choose leaded glass because they like the traditional look of stained glass, but prefer something slightly more modern and versatile.

Beveled Glass Windows

Beveled glass windows are very similar to leaded glass windows in the way that they both use clear textured glass. However, with beveled glass, not all of the pieces are textured. Some are made using ordinary flat glass. These are the bevels. The flat glass is cut into different shapes, which are then enhanced by cutting the edges at an angle. This gives the bevels the ability to filter light in a very unique way, and create a sort of prismatic, dazzling effect. When used in a front door window or sidelight, the homeowner can look through the center of the bevel to see what’s on the other side. However, the rest of the window is created using textured glass, so their privacy is not compromised.

Add Beveled or Leaded Glass Windows to Your Home

Both beveled and leaded glass windows have an elegant, timeless look. Adding either to your Colorado Springs home will give it a beautiful appearance. For more information on how you can obtain one of these beautiful windows for your home, please contact our office.