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Bathroom Stained Glass Inspiration: Ideas for Your Houston Home

We can all use a little inspiration from time to time. Creativity ebbs and flows and it’s unlikely that we’ll be inspired at all times. When you’re remodeling a part of your home, it can be helpful to look at examples for inspiration. That’s why we’ve decided to share some of our favorite bathroom stained glass ideas for Houston homes. Below, you will find some examples of how stained glass can be used to enhance bathrooms and create a “custom home” look. Continue Reading

The Five Amazing Modern Stained Glass Accounts to Follow on Instagram

Many people characterized stained glass as old-fashioned, seeing it only in ancient churches or traditional homes. However, a recent upturn in the craft is underway, and social media showcases much of this new artwork. In particular, Instagram has become a hub for displaying incredible work by talented artists. Though there are numerous great posts on the subject worth viewing, we narrowed it down to five recommended accounts!

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This artist uses gentle colors and simple shapes to create stunning, ethereal stained glass wall hangings.

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This incredible artist has given new life to vintage-style stained glass. With beautiful geometric shapes and contemporary color combinations, she produces stunning wall hangings that look great in any 21st-century home.

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This artist uses ancient Arabic design motifs to create beautiful stained glass windows. His use of bright colors makes his work appealing and gives it a contemporary feel.

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Everyday items become beautiful under the artist’s skilled eye and playful imagination, but she is most well-known for her stunning stained glass hair combs.

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Not only does this company produce a large variety of both modern and vintage stained glass windows, but their most beautiful pieces are their modern stained glass architectural installations.

Modern Stained Glass Designer in Houston

For over 25 years, our firm has been creating stained glass. As Houston’s top choice for vintage or contemporary stained glass design, we are your best option. Get in touch with us immediately for a free modern stained glass design consultation!

New Custom Church Stained Glass Project: St. Edward’s

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve completed our custom church stained glass project for a Pennsylvania-based church. St. Edward’s Church was looking to create a memorial stained glass piece for their pastor that had passed away. They wanted to replace the large window in the observatory that was overlooking the main street so they could conceal the view during all of their services. This church interviewed various companies across the country and decided to go with ours.

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Transom Stained Glass Inspiration for Houston Homes

Have you been contemplating what to do with the transom windows in your home? Transoms give homes a lot of character and are great for letting natural light into otherwise dark interiors. But sometimes they can create an issue with privacy and covering them with curtains looks awkward. That’s where transom stained glass for your Houston home can help!  Continue Reading

Top Three Most Beautiful Hotels with Stained Glass in Texas

Stained glass is an elegant detail you can add to any building. It brings beauty and sophistication to any place it occupies, whether it’s a home, cathedral, or hotel.

Stained glass is an especially beautiful choice for hotel interiors. Let’s take a quick look at the top three most beautiful hotel stained glass windows in Texas.  Continue Reading

Church Stained Glass Restoration for The Rising Church

We’re happy to announce the recent completion of our successful church stained glass restoration project. We had the opportunity to completely restore most of the original windows at The Rising Church located in Arvada, CO. The community church is best known for its extensive homeless outreach. One night, someone walking by the church thought they heard noises coming from inside after hours. They decided to throw stones through the windows in order to prevent whatever was happening. Luckily, there wasn’t anyone inside but the windows were left severely damaged.

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Does your Houston stained Glass need to be restored? Find out here!

Stained glass is a beautiful form of artwork that has been colored with paints, pigments, and dyes. Its beauty makes it the perfect medium for churches and chapels to adorn. It is also long-lasting and will endure for several years to come. Just because it has a long lifespan does not mean that it cannot be repaired or restored at some point in time. In fact,  church stained glass windows require repair or restoration every 80-100 years when the caming, wood frame, grout, and glass begin to fail. If addressed early on, the window may last another 200 years before needing further attention

Gaps In Your Houston Church’s Stained Glass Window That Show Daylight

Gaps of visible light shining through the leading between glass pieces are an obvious indication that it’s time to restore your Houston church stained glass. This form of damage, whether big or small must be addressed right now because it indicates that the lead has been stretched and the window may be structurally unsound.

Buckling, Bowing, And Sagging Of Your Houston Church’s Stained Glass

If your church’s stained glass windows are buckling, bowing, bulging, or sagging, it’s probably time to have them restored. In this case, the worst-case scenario is that the window might collapse and damage a member of the congregation. Small shards of glass will begin to fall out over time and increase the cost of future repairs, eventually resulting in the whole piece failing. In either case, this is an issue that must be addressed as soon as possible by a specialist.

Chips And Cracks In Your Houston Church’s Stained Glass

Chips and cracks in the glass are the most typical repairs to church stained glass windows. A repair like this, which only affects the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass, is something that usually just bothers you aesthetically. However, cracks may also indicate that the glass is under strain, in which case the repairs are more urgent. If you see a minor crack that grows or gets larger over time, get in touch with a Houston stained glass professional such as us right away.

For additional information and rates for stained glass repairs in Houston, contact us!

Stained Glass restoration: Do it Yourself or Hire A Stained Glass Expert?

Churches with stained glass are lovely, and it indicates the long history of religion in the United States. We have several beautiful ancient churches with stunning stained glass in Houston. These works of art must be maintained so that future generations may enjoy them. Stained glass repair, on the other hand, might be expensive, and some congregations may be tempted to perform it themselves. The good news is that there are things you can do yourself when it comes to stained glass maintenance. However, a professional should handle extensive repairs and restorations.

DIY Church Stained Glass Maintenance

A professional stained glass artist will be able to handle the majority of church stained glass repairs. However, there are a few things you groundskeepers or maintenance personnel may do to keep your glass looking good and usable for your church members.

Light Cleaning Of Your Stained Glass: The dust, dirt, and grime that accumulate on stained glass over time can be removed by washing it with a soft cloth dampened with distilled water. Stained glass cleaning does not require the window to be taken down and is an essential component of good care. If your stained glass is painted, you should ensure that it has been fired since paint can damage the finish.

Maintain wood frames around the Stained Glass: The wood frames of your Houston church’s stained glass windows are crucial. This component keeps the piece intact and anchors the entire piece. As a result, moisture sealant and paint should be utilized to preserve the wood and keep it in good condition. Follow the instructions for applying these sealants carefully avoiding getting any of them on the glass itself.

Replace missing or loose putty when needed:  Your church maintenance professional can repair the putty on stained and then paint it over to keep your church’s stained glass looking new. However, this is only a visual fix only for when you notice cracking or flaking putty on the outer portions of the window. Distinguishing putty from lead or glass may be difficult though. This is why it is preferable to hire someone like us to perform any putty repair.

Contact us with concerns about your Houston church stained glass repair or a free onsite consultation; we’re always eager to answer inquiries or come out for a no-obligation onsite inspection.

Is Stained Glass Restoration Worth it?

Choosing whether or not to restore your church’s stained glass is a difficult choice. You would be surprised at how attached congregants are to these lovely relics. We frequently make the case for church stained glass restoration in Houston based solely on congregants’ affection for it. However, there are also more practical reasons to have it done.

Stained Glass Restoration Improves Glass Luster

Over time, the colors in your stained glass windows will fade due to weather and accumulation of grime and debris. When we return repaired stained glass to their homes in Houston churches, they appear brand new. Once the restoration is completed, the various hues appear brighter and deeper than ever before—restoring the window to its original splendor.

Stained Glass Restoration Reinforces Support Structure

Restoration of damaged stained glass windows isn’t only about how they appear. It’s also about ensuring that they last a long time. If your stained glass is more than 100 years old, the lead has most certainly become brittle. Lead that is elderly and brittle will bend and break under the weight of the glass, causing the entire window to sag over time. Stained glass restoration is a technique for replacing old lead with superior lead in order to extend the life of your Houston church’s stained glass windows another 200 years. Modern additives to lead increase the lifespan of antique stained glass by another 200 years.

Stained Glass Restoration Improves the Function of Your Stained Glass

We see stained glass break down all the time. Stained glass windows, like any other window in your Houston church, are useful for a variety of reasons. They keep out the elements and maintain heated and cooled air inside. If you have a crack or a hole in your church’s stained glass windows, they aren’t working properly. This might result in costly utility bills or dampness entering your church to cause damage to other parts of the building. When we repair stained glass, we take additional safe steps, such as adequate ventilation and protective glazes/coverings to further extend life These will also aid in the performance of your stained glass within the interior environment.

Contact us to learn more about how we restore windows and to book an appointment for a free church stained glass restoration consultation in Houston.

Should I Repair My Victorian Stained Glass Windows or Get New Ones?

Stained glass needs repair or restoration about every 80-100 years and the Victorian period was over 100 years ago.  This means for homes of this style with stained glass windows–restoration is overdue.  Many Houston homeowners come to us wondering if their stained glass is worth repairing.  We almost always encourage them to have it restored rather than removed or letting it fall into disarray. Read below to find out why.

Victorian  Stained Glass Is has Monetary Value

If your home is old enough to have Victorian stained glass windows, then you should give it some serious thought to restoration before replacing the antique with something new. The value of these windows will rise as they become rarer. Their final value will depend on many things including the quality of the repair.  However, vintage stained glass typically will appraise for 4x more than new stained glass.  

Victorian Vintage Stained Glass Is Historical Value

The value of Victorian stained glass windows is not only monetary. They have historical and cultural importance as well! This can be due to who commissioned the window, what types of materials were used in its construction, or where it was created. By restoring your Victorian stained-glass windows you keep a piece of Houston’s history intact for the next generation.

No matter what you decide to do with your Victorian home’s stained glass it is always a good idea to get it inspected and/or appraised to find out who made it and when.  Contact us today for pricing and to schedule an appointment.