Preservation encompasses the combined efforts and techniques of maintaining and protecting the integrity of your stained glass. The approaches to preservation can be both conservative and restorative in nature. Much of this depends on the age, value, and historical nature of the window.
Our philosophy at Stained Glass by Shenandoah is to help you identify the levels of each of these traits when assessing your windows and developing a reasonable plan to preserve them, both short and long term. That may involve repairs, conservation of hand painted and rare or out of production glass, and in cases where the windows have deteriorated lead or extensive bulging accompanying glass breakage, partial or complete restoration.
Levels of Preservation include:
Minor Repairs (replacement of common broken glass, repairs to lead and bracing, etc)
Conservation of hand-painted or rare glass through techniques such as edge gluing or epoxy; removal or reduction of minor bulging
Restoration –partial or complete, involving reconstruction of the stained glass window with new lead came, replacement of broken glass and repainting of hand painted pieces that are beyond repair
Protective Glazing -either replacement of previously installed systems, or where none exists, an additive system, properly vented, to further preserve the investment
There are typically several paths to proper preservation that a stained glass owner can take, and one or more of these approaches may be required to complete your project. Short of a window that is literally falling out, a plan of action is advised, as restorative costs tend to increase over time.
One of our strengths is our flexibility in restoration venue. We have a large studio capable of handling any sized project. And in instances where your windows need to remain on premises, we can set up a “mobile studio” at your site for restoration.