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    Colorado Springs Stained Glass Myths: Stained Glass Breaks Easier Than Regular Windows

Colorado Springs Stained Glass Myths: Stained Glass Breaks Easier Than Regular Windows

Why Stained Glass Is Durable Enough For Your Colorado Springs Church
If you are like many churches in the Colorado Springs area you either have or want stained glass in your church not only because it is traditional but because it is absolutely gorgeous too! However, we often hear from churches like you that stained glass is something your church is holding off on purchasing because you believe it to be too fragile of a window to invest in. After all, churches are often on tight budgets and simply can’t afford to buy an amazing window only to risk it breaking at some point in the near future. We, at Colorado Springs Stained Glass, are here to tell you, nothing could be further from the truth and want to take the time to set the record straight on the durability of stained glass for churches.
The Durability Of Stained Glass And What This Means For Your Colorado Springs Church
Stained glass, as you may not know, is actually just as strong as regular glass. This is in large part because the composition is nearly identical to the glass you have in your windows right now. In fact, leaded stained glass, in some ways is stronger than a normal glass window because often times breakage is limited to just one panel, so you don’t need to replace the whole window–just one panel. Furthermore, if you have stained glass in your church right now from the early part of the 20th century, that glass could actually be stronger than today’s glass because of the formula turn of the century American glass makers used! This doesn’t mean stained glass windows in your church will never need repair, [...]

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    Repairing Bulging or Sagging Stained Glass Windows in Colorado Springs Cathedrals

Repairing Bulging or Sagging Stained Glass Windows in Colorado Springs Cathedrals

As stained glass begins to age and deteriorate, your congregation may notice unfortunate bulging or sagging in your Colorado Springs cathedral’s stained glass. This common occurrence tends to take place around the 75 year to 100 year mark when stained glass is due for renovation. Proper restoration is required in order to repair these signs of deterioration and for future generations to really enjoy these antique pieces as well.
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    Stained Glass Restoration Myths: We Can Help Restore Colorado Springs Stained Glass

Stained Glass Restoration Myths: We Can Help Restore Colorado Springs Stained Glass

Stained glass is perhaps one of the most beautiful forms of art existing today. Painstakingly pieced together, hand painted, and constructed into monumental panels, stained glass windows are the result of extraordinary skill and craftsmanship, and take a generous amount of time and knowledge to produce. Though beautiful, stained glass windows are delicate and can be easily broken and damaged, sometimes by natural events or sometimes by accident. Fortunately, with great effort through the process stained glass restoration, stained glass windows can be restored to their original beauty and appearance. Our company specializes in this area and has completed hundreds of restorations over the time that we’ve been in business. If you need stained glass restoration in Colorado Springs, we can help.

Does Stained Glass Hold Up to Colorado Spring’s Weather?

Is Stained Glass Right For Your Colorado Springs Homes?
Many people who come to us for stained glass windows are concerned about whether or not the climate of Colorado Springs is too harsh for them. However, in all reality, stained glass windows are as strong as regular glass windows. The issue is, they are much more expensive to replace and repair. So while the high altitude climate presents challenges for any part of a Colorado Springs home, stained glass is no more likely to break from things like hail or wind as the windows you already have. Additionally, since Colorado Springs is so dry, it inhibits rot on the frames, which is usually where you will see the fastest degradation on a stained glass window. The truth is, properly crafted and cared for stained glass will last 80-100 years before needing repairs.
Well-crafted Stained Glass Windows As Your First Line Of Defense Against Damage
It is important to remember, a well-crafted stained glass window is very durable. To us, the term “well-crafted” implies skilled glass making and the use of quality glass leading materials. It also means a carefully constructed frame–an area we find, when poorly done, always leads to premature deterioration. How the window is installed also plays a big role in the life of a stained glass window. If a stained glass installer does not properly clean the glass, smudges will be permanent. The installer must be extra cautious about moisture becoming trapped between the glass panel and the outer window because condensation will build and water damage will occur. What this all points to is– it is critical to hire a stained glass expert, like us, as your first and best [...]

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    The Importance of Strengthening & Cleaning Your Colorado Springs Church’s Stained Glass

The Importance of Strengthening & Cleaning Your Colorado Springs Church’s Stained Glass

Stained glass offers more than just an aesthetically pleasing feature in Colorado Springs churches. For many, the stained glass housed in their church symbolizes individual messages and powerful imagery that’s pertinent to the worshipping process. Therefore, it’s beneficial to keep up with your stained glass pieces not just for your congregation but also to increase your church’s equity and antique value. Consistent upkeep allows stained glass to be enjoyed and treasured by all the generations to come.
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    Benefits of Custom Stained Glass Replacement for Colorado Springs Churches

Benefits of Custom Stained Glass Replacement for Colorado Springs Churches

When considering a custom stained glass replacement, Colorado Springs churches can greatly benefit from the expertise of the stained glass artisans at Colorado Springs Stained Glass. Using a combination of onsite consultations, a wide variety of designs, modern techniques, and a traditional artistic touch, we can ensure that your church’s new stained glass windows and adornments reflect the message and spirit of your congregation.
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    How Long Will The Repair Take On My Colorado Springs Church?

How Long Will The Repair Take On My Colorado Springs Church?

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 [...]

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    Taking the First Steps Towards Repairing Your Colorado Springs Home’s Stained Glass

Taking the First Steps Towards Repairing Your Colorado Springs Home’s Stained Glass

Colorado Springs homes have some of the most beautiful, antique stained glass pieces in the nation. These antique stained glass panels are usually treasured by homeowners due to their sentimental and monetary value. Stained glass can feature such powerful imagery ranging from religious symbolism to heritage crests and more. We’re happy to give back to our community by helping Colorado Springs homeowners repair and restore their original stained glass windows.
Fully Restore Stained Glass to its Original Beauty by Contacting Experienced Professionals
Colorado Springs Stained Glass has an accredited restoration process that’s received nationwide recognition. We’ve completed hundreds of restoration projects in churches, historic commercial properties, and residences. We’re proud to say that our restoration process can actually bring your stained glass to its original beauty and potentially add another 100 years to its lifespan. We hope that generations to come will value this historical and heritage preservation and continue to restore these antique stained glass pieces. Our customers are always stunned by the luminous quality of their newly restored stained glass after reinstallation.

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Contact a Stained Glass Designer Who is an Expert in Repair and Restoration
We’re the recognized leader in stained glass restoration in the country. We understand all the different stained glass creation methods from every time period, therefore, can complete proper restoration of any stained glass featured in your Colorado Springs home. If you’re unsure if your stained glass is a candidate for restoration, we’re happy to help! Through an on-site consultation, we can determine whether or not your stained glass needs repair, restoration, or replacement. By presenting the cost-benefit analysis of all your options, you’ll be able to make the [...]

Del Rio Profile Project– Church Stained Glass Restoration

We’ve completed hundreds of religious stained glass restorations over the past couple decades, but one of our favorite, larger projects was the First United Methodist Church located in Del Rio. Del Rio is a small border town located in Texas, featuring this beautiful, history-rich church. One of the church members actually noticed the beginning signs of deterioration. When we arrived for our on-site consultation, we were stunned by all the original stained glass housed in this quaint church. With 28 antique stained glass windows, there was so much rich imagery and symbolism that was inspiring to our team.
Del Rio Church Stained Glass Assessment
Our team of stained glass experts observed the stunning quality of the antique stained glass and all the beautiful hand painted details. It was quite evident however, that every piece required immediate restoration. The lead framing in each individual piece was beginning to warp with age and many of the glass pieces were becoming convex or concave in shape. We determined the root cause of deterioration as overexposure to heat. The original installers had placed plexiglass over the top of the stained glass which has led to trapped heat that inevitably warped the leading and glass. The plexiglass also developed a yellow hue from heat buildup, distorting the stained glass view from outside. Other causes of deterioration were determined in materials used and design faults. Our assessment allowed us to create a custom restoration plan to ensure these issues wouldn’t happen again.

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Church Stained Glass Restoration
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Celtic Style Stained Glass for Your Colorado Springs Home

There is perhaps no type of stained glass more exquisite and alluring than Celtic style stained glass. Celtic stained glass makes a beautiful addition to Colorado Springs homes when added to entryway and bathroom windows. The Celtic knot is both beautiful and meaningful and has been used in various mediums of decorative art for centuries, dating possibly as far back the 8th Century B.C. When rendered in stained glass, Celtic knots are mesmerizing.
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