If you own a vintage home here in Colorado Springs that has stained glass, the chances are has deteriorated a little to a lot in the last 100 or so years. Some signs this is true include:
Dirty or dingy looking glass
Chipped or cracked glass
A saggy appearance to the window
Bent or broken lead pieces
Visible light through gaps in the panels
If these sound familiar, it means it is time for restoration for your Colorado Springs home stained glass. But, now that you know it is time, what happens next? Well, happily, home stained glass restoration is typically an easy affair but it all starts with a few to-dos on your part and then hiring a stained glass professional.
Steps To Begin A Home Stained Glass Restoration
Step 1: Come up with a reasonable budget
While it is hard to know exactly how much you will spend on a stained glass restoration for your home, it is a good idea to get a number in mind about how much you would like to spend. However, being flexible on this is critical to success. Remember, a stained glass window on a home adds incredibly to its resale value, so while you may spend a bit more on the front-end–the cost per square foot it adds to your home often makes it well worth it.
Step 2: Do your research
When it comes to success in stained glass restoration for your Colorado Springs home, doing your research is a sure fire way to succeed. This means finding out as much as possible about not only your window but who will fix it. Hiring a seasoned professional is the best thing you can do [...]
Dating Antique Stained Glass On Colorado Springs Homes
We get a lot of questions about stained glass here at Colorado Springs Stained Glass. And one question we get all the time–Is my Colorado Springs home’s stained glass Antique. We love these types of questions because it is the first step towards homeowners preserving something that is an irreplaceable treasure to society. Therefore we couldn’t be happier to help people out! It is difficult to know whether your stained glass is vintage just from the information we can give you here but–this is a good jumping off point you need to determine whether your Colorado Springs home’s stained glass is antique and/or valuable. Below are just a few things for you to look for to help determine it’s age and value and we can help you further with an in-person inspection.
The Style Of Your Colorado Springs Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique
Stained glass has had some pretty specific stylistic eras here in The US. So, the style of your Colorado Springs home’s stained glass window (if it is original) is a pretty good indicator of when it was made. For a true antique, it must be over 100 years of age. This means something from the Victorian style in the late 1800s to the Prairie Style of the early 1900s may put you in that category. However, even if your stained glass is not technically an antique–something like Tiffany stained glass or Frank Lloyd Wright Stained Glass could be valuable.
The Context Of Your Colorado Springs Stained Glass Helps Determine If It May Be Antique
Just like the style of your stained glass is a solid way to figure out [...]
Many commercial properties don’t consider stained glass for decorative elements or brand awareness opportunities. Stained glass actually presents countless creative opportunities in addition to creative ways to really enhance the guest experience. People often think of colorful, intricate stained glass pieces in churches or pubs, but stained glass is actually available in any style you’re looking for. Altar’d State, a national, faith-based retailer, has taken advantage of stained glass for all of its incredible benefits during the redesign of many of their locations.
The Benefits of Custom Commercial Stained Glass in Alter’d State Stores
With over 100 national locations, Altar’d State has dedicated their company to revolutionize the retail experience. With a high attention to the buyer experience, Altar’d State delivers a very differentiated retail process with incredible attention to detail and aesthetics. Custom commercial stained glass in these locations have a contemporary design that makes their properties look bright and welcoming. The leaded glass storefronts offer buyers a bit of privacy, obscuring some of the views into the store. Leaded glass storefront elements offer significant visual interest, often leading to higher rates of potential customer attraction as well as retained guests. With custom leaded glass features inside the store as well, buyers can enjoy beautiful pieces of art that also function as privacy solutions for guest changing rooms.
Custom Commercial Stained Glass for Colorado Springs Retail Stores
Colorado Springs Stained Glass is honored to be the custom commercial stained glass specialists serving the Colorado Springs area. We’ve proudly completed the Altar’d State Boulder location and have other incredible commercial project portfolio items that we’d love to share with you. Custom commercial stained glass can offer incredible benefits for buyer experience and property value.
The Beautiful Design Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright
The Frank Lloyd Wright name probably makes you think of lovely homes from the ’50s with lovely straight lines and bold colors but perhaps not stained glass windows. But, as it turns out. Frank Lloyd Wright was a stained glass artist and a prolific one at that. Although he is most known for his architectural feats and the originator of the “Mid-century Modern” style, his design sense also spanned into various mediums– like stained glass.
Frank Lloyd Wright The Stained Glass Artist
Frank Lloyd Wright accomplished quite a bit in his 70-year design career. Not only did he make a profoundly lasting mark on the American design scape but also worked wonders with stained glass too. All of his designs, stained glass, architectural and otherwise, are still relevant today almost 100 years later. But his stained glass work is simply inspired–and prolific as well–he designed well over 4,000 leaded glass windows and doors for over 150 of his buildings.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stained Glass Style
Wright created stained glass not just for windows but for doors, skylights, backlit ceiling panels, table lamps, and wall sconces too. The reason for his incredible success in the stained glass arena was that he bucked tradition. He didn’t think of stained glass as lead and glass but rather referred to them as “light screens”. He likened them to Japanese shoji screens. This is apparent in his work since he arranged his windows in bands–not unlike shoji screens. Wright also used zinc-or copper-plated came configuration, while all others of the time were still using traditional lead. This allowed him to create geometric representations of natural elements such as plants, trees, flowers, [...]
Religious stained glass plays such a crucial role among communities, providing historical, sentimental, and inspirational value. When these significant features begin to deteriorate and require restoration, it is important for Colorado Springs churches to know what questions they need to ask prior to their project. The outcome of your restoration project strongly rests on finding the right stained glass studio.
Understanding the Scope of Work for Religious Stained Glass Restoration
Stained glass restoration is a highly technical process that requires a lot of skill, training, and experience. In order to extend the lifespan of your stained glass for another 100 to 200 years without another restoration, finding the right contractor is key. When searching for your stained glass studio, it is vital to ask for a few references, portfolio pieces that reflect past jobs that are similar in size, as well as an on-site assessment. It is important to understand that stained glass studios aren’t able to provide a quote without conducting an on-site evaluation of your stained glass. If you encounter a studio that provides you an estimate over the phone, we recommend not choosing that contractor. An on-site assessment is the only way to evaluate the underlying root causes of damage, custom-tailored restoration plan, project timeline, and project estimate. While it is possible to evaluate the value of your stained glass over the phone, that is the only thing that is possible not in person.
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Choosing the Right Colorado Springs Stained Glass Studio
Colorado Springs Stained Glass is honored to be the renowned stained glass studio serving the Colorado Springs area with our illustrious restoration process. We’ve helped church communities throughout [...]
Ideas On Fundraising For Your Colorado Springs Church Stained Glass Restoration
Through our years and our extensive experiences restoring stained glass across the country, we have found the biggest impediment to churches getting their stained glass windows restored is lack of funds. This is true for Colorado Springs churches too. By and large, most churches don’t have thousands of dollars readily available for these types of costly projects. However, we, Colorado Springs Stained Glass, often guide churches into avenues for funding. In fact, we have given advice to many churches and seen them successfully navigate the stained glass restoration fundraising process as a result. Below are a few tips on how to where to begin the process and a couple of pointers on where to look for funds. We are also happy to brainstorm with your Colorado Springs church when we meet with you to help you tap into local resources not outlined here.
Tap Into Your Chuch’s Enthusiastic Volunteer Resources
To begin the process of fundraising for your church stained glass restoration, choosing the right church members to spearhead the project is essential. Those who are most supportive and enthusiastic about the process are always a good idea because these wonderful people will be heavily relied on throughout the process. It is critical, therefore, to involve energetic people with a positive attitude.
Decide Where You Want To Seek Out Funding
Some churches only want to get stained glass restoration funds from within the church. In cases like these, there are often wealthy patrons to choose from. However, for smaller churches, ones that may not have deep-pocketed members, seeking outside help is a must. Should you decide to look outside your church, be [...]
Church And Chapel Stained Glass Restoration In Colorado Springs
Church stained glass windows can take the breath away of sinner and saint alike with their beauty and grandeur. Stained glass is one of the oldest art forms in the world, and found its way over to North America in the early 1600s. While most of these historic examples of stained glass are no longer around, many churches in the United States, and even right here in Colorado Springs exist to bring to life the stories of the Holy Bible. The churches in Colorado Spring with stained glass windows have a special task when church stained glass restoration may be necessary.
With the very specific and important task of restoring church stained glass there comes a few guidelines:
Avoid any work that is deemed unnecessary; in fact, scratched or damaged glass can often be left unrepaired and the integrity of the window will stay intact.
Whenever possible, the original artist’s work and medium should be respected and preserved.
Replacing old glass with new should be an extreme last resort. When it is deemed essential, only a highly-skilled glass-painter should be employed for the job.
If there is vandalism or accidental damage, and the glass is broken, the shards and fragments should be carefully collected and stored. In some cases, they can be pieced back together. To protect against vandalism, consider installing stainless steel wire guards around the windows.
Take photos. Many insurance companies require a photographic record, plus it will help in the church stained glass restoration efforts.
If the interior of the stained glass is dirty, dusty, or cloudy, a gentle cleaning with a soft, dry brush is permissible. But [...]