Simply ask to schedule a free consultation. We will be glad to share our ideas for your windows as well as provide budget cost for your planning.
Truth is.. this is difficult to answer without spending a little time discussing your project. Every window we produce is a custom piece of art and the costs vary depending on the complexity (size) of the glass pieces and the amount of hand painted detail within the window. We will gladly provide a range of budget cost and a set of design examples which illustrate the complexity and attention to detail for each cost tier proposed. All we need to get started is some rough window sizes and a rough idea of the artistic style desired. Many churches find it useful to pinpoint a few designs from our website that spark their interest... this makes a great starting place. From this we can provide a custom art design specifically suited to your worship space.
Most often the answer is yes. Vinyl windows and older aluminum frames are difficult to reuse for stained glass. However, for existing aluminum store-front type windows, stained glass can typically be installed to the interior of the existing clear glass.
It's also common to install stained glass into existing wood double hung window frames. The existing wood sashes are removed and the stained glass is installed into the remaining wood perimeter frame. Protective storm covering can be added to help protect the stained glass.
Stained glass has little insulating ability by itself. However, when used in combination with our thermal break aluminum frame and insulated clear glass, the system is very thermally efficient. We typically recommend this frame for new construction projects. The frame has receptors for both insulated clear glass and stained glass.
LSG will meet with your church discuss window themes and color schemes. Based on your input, we begin to prepare sketch work to illustrate the window. Upon completion of the artwork, a small scale color sketch will be presented to the church along with a cost proposal for the project. This process from initial meeting to final sketch can take 3 to 5 weeks depending on the style of design. This first sketch then becomes the basis of style and complexity for the rest of the windows within the worship space.
Yes. With the correct design approach, strong sunlight can be diffused and thus controlled. The deeper glass tones work well to control the light within a window. Much design consideration is given to the direction in which a window faces. Southwest to south to southeast facing windows obviously get the strongest light. However, northern facing windows not directly exposed to the sun and can take advantage of lighter glass tones, streaky (mixture of color and clear glass) colors, and can even incorporate textured clear glass to create a unique design.