Maintenance and Restoration of existing Stained
Glass is good asset management
Your home is a valuable asset. In addition, your
home is the center of your family’s life. In order
for it to be put to its best use, it must be
maintained and repaired. This includes the proper
care of your stained glass windows.
Your windows are valuable and should not be allowed
to deteriorate. Besides the substantial cost
involved in their original purchase, they most
likely have high sentimental value. They are an
integral part of your home.
Money saved by not maintaining your stained glass
windows is likely to be offset by increases in other
expenses. For example, extensive heat loss and water
damage from leaky windows, injury from broken glass
and fragile panels and poor building security are
all problems that can lead to higher operating
expenses. Further, failure to care for your windows
risks continued deterioration, reduces their
contribution to daily homelike and causes greater
disruption and expense during future repair.
Your stained glass does not have to be damaged before you should tend to it. A thorough evaluation
should be made on a regular basis. Regular
maintenance and repair can lengthen the life of
these windows. However, when regular maintenance has
been deferred, restoration of seriously damaged or
dilapidated windows can actually provide another
lifetime for them.
A superficial look at your windows is not sufficient
to determine their condition. Even windows that
appear to be in good shape may have hidden problems.
Steve Thompson can professionally analyze your
windows to identify any existing problems and
propose a solution for them. Our expertise provides
you with an accurate assessment, alternatives for
maintenance and conservation, and the costs
associated with each option.
We are prepared to provide solutions to problems
identified through the following kinds of questions.
What is the extent of the broken glass?
What is the cause of the broken glass?
What is the condition of any painted glass?
Is the glass corroding?
Are there broken panes covered with tape, cardboard,
wood or other temporary materials?
The Lead Matrix
Are there any gaps in the panel or glass popping out
of the lead channel allowing daylight to come in?
Is the window wobbly or weak?
Are there broken solder joints or torn leads?
Is the lead weakening or corroding?
What is the condition of the putty under the lead
The Support System
Are the tie wires or support bars still present and
attached to the windows?
Are there bulges or waves in the window?
What are the causes of any bulges?
Are the support bars adequately attached to the
Is additional reinforcement now needed?
Installation, Frames and Exterior Window Covering
What is the type and condition of the frames?
Should protective glazing or insulating glazing be
Is existing exterior glazing causing any problems?
What is the condition of the caulk or putty holding
the windows into the frames?
What is the condition of the sub-framing support of
Should previous repairs or restorations be upgraded?
Should the windows be cleaned?
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