The Wonderful Beginnings Of The Prairie Style
Although you may have heard of the ultra-trendy mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. We agree it is a pretty fantastic style. However, what you may not realize is this design style and many others came to be in large part by the influence of designer Frank Lloyd Wright. He was an amazing and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of the mid-century modern style which is still revered and relevant today. He also created the Prairie style which is as much of an aesthetic as it is a philosophy and one he had a lot of passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is stunning. Read below to find out why.
What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass
You likely envision the American prairie as endless fields with distinct horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles without constraint. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is exactly the feel that Wright was trying to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic lines that zig-zagged evenly without intrusion on inside or outside world are the hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was very interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, a key part of the design of a house. The integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between was very important to him. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to be itself [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]