Stained glass adorns many houses of worship, filling our gazes with magnificent imagery of biblical narratives, historical scenes, exceptional saints and religious symbolism. These are beautifully woven together and bordered with geometric patterns of exquisite color. Stained glass tells the story of the Faith; our most precious pictorial interpretations of the Word of God and the history of the Church. Stained glass also tells the story of our friends and ancestors; their names, memorialized in beautiful colors; remind us of who we are as a Church family. Stained glass tells the world that we take to heart God’s command to “beautify the House of the Lord” (Ezra 7:27). Stained glass windows have enduringly served our worship spaces for generations…but perhaps now they need a little love and care.
Lynchburg Stained Glass has been serving the stained glass needs of worship communities since our founding in 1983. We are well versed in the repair, restoration and protection of historic stained glass windows.
The mission of this document is to describe in detail the complexity and processes of stained glass repair, restoration, and protection. Well-crafted stained glass windows service for decades with little maintenance. Contrary to what one might think stained glass is reasonably resilient as compared to simple plate glass.
There are two primary components common to every stained glass window: glass and lead came. Glass is very stable; its physical characteristics do not change with age nor do the colors fade. Lead came is the structural element of a stained glass windows. it weaves between the pieces of glass creating the supportive matrix for the window. However, lead came deteriorates with age, loses strength and (worst case) must eventually be replaced.
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Are your stained glass windows leaking? Are they bowed? Do you see daylight between the glass and lead? Is your painted stained glass fading in detail? Lynchburg Stained Glass can help restore your windows to their original splendor. In addition to creating new windows, our studio also specializes in antique and historical stained-glass restoration and repair, especially projects requiring matching of traditional hand-painting techniques. We are experienced in the re-leading, preservation, and conservation of older stained glass, including the duplication and installation of custom millwork frames.
Lynchburg Stained Glass specializes in the repair, restoration, and protection of stained glass windows. We also provide new religious stained glass for churches. Call us for a free consultation!
Loss of painted detail (fading) is a result of under-firing the stained glass during the initial production process. We can restore missing painted details and return your windows to their original brilliance. stained glass
Window leads and solder joints get brittle with age. Broken solder joints are a sign that a window is in need of restoration. Left alone, broken joints weaken the overall window, accelerating window deterioration. stained glass
Have concerns about your stained glass windows? Need a detailed survey assessment of your stained glass? Let Lynchburg Stained Glass help identify the window areas most critical for repair and restoration.
As stained glass ages, the lead within the window becomes brittle and/or oxidized. Ultimately you observe broken lead joints, bowed stained glass, or daylight streaming between exposed edges of lead and glass. Left unchecked, these conditions can result in broken stained glass.
Did a windstorm leave a window shattered? Or maybe you just have a couple of broken pieces? We match glass colors, painted styles, and if necessary, reconstruct the artwork of damaged/missing stained glass. stained glass
Daily fluctuations in atmospheric temperature cause stained glass to expand and contract. Repeated expansion and contraction can cause stained glass to bow. We can restore bowed stained glass, returning it to its original flat condition. stained glass stained glass