Types Of Stained Glass Repairs And Timelines
Many churches consider stained glass window repair or restoration at one time or another in the church history. As we have found one of the most common hesitations is worrying about the length of time it will take to make said repairs. While we would like to tell you that all repairs are easy and done in as little as one day–there are some repairs that take much, much longer. To find out about how long repairs for various issues on your Houston church’s stained glass window will take–read below.
Stained Glass Cleaning Time Frame
For the most part, stained glass cleaning can take as little as a day for most small to medium churches. Large Cathedrals or churches with very tall windows may take a bit longer because of difficulty in reaching the windows.
Minor Repairs To Broken Stained Glass Pieces Timeframe
Smaller repairs such as replacing a few isolated pieces of broken glass can be done rather quickly by a trained professional. This work, typically called a “drop-in,” “stop-in,” or “open-lead” repair, simple means soldering the joint and replace small pieces of broken glass. Zinc caming can take longer, folding it back to repair or replace the old glass, and resoldering the joints.
Replacement Stained Glass Timeframe
Replacement glass that exactly or closely matches the original piece can be very difficult to find, costly to make and requires more time to complete. This is because when we replicate glass there are so many glass colors and textures produced, often times with “secret” formulas, it sometimes requires numerous iterations to get it right.
Structural Repairs On Stained Glass Timeframe
This includes things like windows that have detached from the saddle bars and begun to sag, bulge, and bow, In this case, we must first remove the glass piece by piece and then repair or rebuild the entire frame structure, then repair the glass and re-install it. This takes the longest time–sometimes up to a year! But is well worth it for both monetary and sentimental value of your Houston church’s stained glass windows.
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To get the best idea about how long your Houston church’s stained glass repair or restoration will take, contact us for a free, on-site estimate of time and cost.