We’re humbled to announce that we’ve completed our featured local church stained glass project. The Rising Church was built in 1913 in Arvada, CO. Beloved by the community for its incredible homeless outreach, the church housed stunning original stained glass windows. One night after the church had closed, someone walking by had thought they could hear someone or something from inside of the property. They decided to throw rocks through the windows in order to stop the incident. However, no one was inside luckily but the damage had been done.
The Church Stained Glass Restoration for the Rising Church In Arvada
We began with an on-site assessment of the church and found that 90% of the windows had been damaged. These were brought back to our studio in order for proper preservation. We soaked them in our proprietary solution for about two weeks in order to easily take them apart and remove all the dirt and dust from over the last century. New glass from our inventory and custom glass blowing was created for a perfect match of the damaged pieces. We then disposed of all the lead and replaced with new lead for sound structural integrity. The challenge with this project was that many of the windows were missing lead in the first place in order to make them fit the window frames. We resized the windows, reinstalled them, added a protective vented polycarbonate exterior layer, and repainted the exterior framing.
Work With Fort Collins’ Number One Stained Glass Restoration Specialist
Fort Collins Stained Glass is honored to be the number one church stained glass restoration specialist serving the state of Colorado and the nation. We’re always available to help you create a [...]
The first thing that springs to mind when you hear the phrase stained glass is windows or even doors. However, there are numerous kinds of stained glass. Because we are one of the country’s most prolific stained glass companies, nobody understands this better than us. Over the course of our 20 years in business, we have created many different kinds of stained glass products for a variety of purposes. Read on for some amazing stained glass ideas.
Unique Stained Glass Applications
Family Crest Stained Glass: Family crest stained glass is frequently placed on walls in a family home. They’re generally adorned with a family coat of arms or crest iconography. In addition, the overall design includes the family name and sometimes a motto.
Stained Glass Lampshades: Tiffany Studios is credited with some of the most well-known stained glass lampshades. Stained glass lampshades, on the other hand, are still very common. In Fort Collins, we’ve manufactured stained glass lamp shades for homes and enterprises. They usually are hung in commercial dining areas and recreational areas, however elegant stained glass home fixtures are an excellent decor element.
Stained Glass Decorative Panels: Stained glass decorative panels are quite popular at the moment. They’re hung in windows or used as room dividers over counters and nooks. The nicest aspect about these panels is that they’re usually very artistic and made specifically for your Fort Collins home’s décor. We have made several of these types of designs and they become cherished features once installed.
Stained Glass Wedding Panels: Stained glass backdrops are a fantastic method to capture the perfect shots for your wedding ceremony. These might look like an independent panel or one that is hung behind where the bride and groom [...]
Stained glass is a long-lasting material that can be passed down through several generations. Stained glass produced in the twentieth century will typically survive 80-100 years before the lead begins to break and jeopardize the window’s survival. However, as a stained glass owner, there are certain things you may do to keep your window functioning for as long as possible. Fort Collins
Caring for Your Fort Collins Home’s Stained Glass Windows
It’s a good idea to consider your stained glass window as an artistic work of art. As these valuable elements in houses mature, they acquire value, and you want to keep them looking as great as possible for as long as possible. The secret to your stained glass’s longevity is regular maintenance. Here are some pointers from us to you on how to care for your home’s lovely and precious stained glass.
Prolong the Life of Your Fort Collins Home’s Stained Glass With Regular Cleanings
Regular cleaning is critical for the long life and continual brightness of stained glass. Grime will accumulate on stained glass, especially because this sort of glass typically has more texture that catches dirt. You may prevent build-up by lightly dusting your home’s stained glass once a month. Deep cleanings should be left to the experts.
Prolong the Life of Your Fort Collins Home’s Stained Glass with Regular Professional Cleanings
It’s critical to have your stained glass cleaned by a professional once a year. This is especially true if you’re someone who neglects to clean their windows on a regular basis. A professional has the proper tools and cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your windows. They will also conduct an in-depth examination of your glass to look for problems [...]
With old, stately homes in Fort Collins come aging stained glass windows. These types of windows need to be kept up over the years or else they could fall into total disrepair. As a professional stained glass window repair expert for homes in the Fort Collins area, we can help you keep your aging staind glass in great shape and preserved for many more years to come! Find out about our different services below.
Repairing Fracturing and Breakage of Stained Glass
Stained glass windows are actually not as fragile as you may think. It is just as strong, if not stronger than regular glass. But, the material is susceptible to damage by objects such a hail, debris and even wind. Over time it can be broken or cracked due to normal wear-and-tear. For small cracks like these, we offer drop-in home repairs for your Fort Collins stained glass!
Stained Glass Repairs of Cracking Lead
One of the most common causes for damage on very old stained glass windows is a deterioration of the lead. Lead holds pieces of glass together. As it ages it becomes brittle and sags under its own weight. When this occurs, we remove the window completely from its frame to take it back to our studio. We’ll replace any damaged sections with brand new glass and relead the entire piece to make your masterpiece look gorgeous once again!
Stained Glass Structural Repairs
The framing of your stained glass windows can sometimes begin to give way and sag over time. When this happens you may notice many small cracks in the window. It is unlikely that just a quick fix is needed; instead, we need to repair both the framework and [...]
As stained glass restoration experts, we just love our jobs here at Fort Collins Stained Glass. We get to give our customers back their lovely stained glass windows that many of them think are lost to time. It is amazing to see the happiness that restored stained glass brings to churches, synagogues, historic homes, and universities. Below is one example of how our parent company, Scottish Stained Glass all but resurrected a formally stunning window lost in a fire.
Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Windows
Sam Houston State University, in Texas, was founded in 1879. Its original architecture included a striking stained glass window portraying the saints. This window was an icon to the school. However, in 1982 a fire that ravaged one of the main original buildings destroyed it. SHSU recently decided to recreate that window and emblazon it with their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service. We are honored they entrusted our company to be a part of preserving the legacy of such an amazing organization and piece of stained glass art.
The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The largest challenge of this particular job was creating a replication from almost nothing. It is critical in our minds to always deliver a historically accurate piece in order to respect the organization and the art. So, with only a picture from a 1962 yearbook as a reference, we began by recreating the design using modern technology. This meant scanning that picture into the computer, printing it out life-sized, and then traced each line. After that, we scanned the drawing again and put it into our design software. This allowed us to get [...]
Fort Collins is home to some of the most gorgeous stained glass windows in the state. With stained glass features housed in residential properties, commercial properties, and houses of worship, there are numerous showcases of this diverse medium. If you own a stained glass window or feature, it’s important to know the proper upkeep and maintenance in order to keep yours in the best condition possible. When it comes to stained glass repairs, it’s always best to be proactive if you notice any damage. Stained glass repair can provide a great way of properly maintaining your stained glass.
The Advantages of Stained Glass Repair for Your Fort Collins Property
Stained glass repair is available for windows and features that have mild to moderate damage. Especially if your stained glass is newer, chances are that you’ll just need repairs rather than a full restoration. While restoration is typically needed within the 75 year to 100 year period, making sure your repairs are done in a timely manner can help you extend the periods of time between each required restoration. If you see small damages, these repairs can typically be completed on-site without our team having to remove them and transport them back. Repairs are much more affordable than restoration– make sure you’re proactive enough to avoid a necessary, untimely restoration. This will help you save financially as well as with resources and time.
Work with Fort Collins’ Preferred Stained Glass Repair Experts
Fort Collins Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred stained glass repair experts serving the Northern Colorado area. Our stained glass artisans would love to help you with your repairs and are available for both virtual consultations and in-person appointments. We’re looking [...]