Can Cold Weather Cause Stained Glass Windows to Crack?

Cracked Stained Glass Windows

Can stained glass windows crack due to cold winter weather? Yes. When this happens, it’s called a “thermal stress crack.” An Overview of Thermal Stress Cracks When there’s a significant temperature change in the outdoor air temperature, cracks can occur in glass. Specifically, particles of the glass expand when heated and contract when cooled. In… Read more »

Stained Glass Windows Maintenance Tips

Stained Glass Windows Maintenance

What are some stained glass maintenance tips? Simple Repairs If you need to make a simple repair, you might try pushing putty into loose areas. You can use your fingers or a blunt piece of wood to get the putty where you want it to go. Furthermore, there’s a black pigment made from soot called… Read more »

How Is the Value of Stained Glass Windows Determined?

Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows are worth something, aren’t they? But how is their value determined? Some people think you can’t even put a value on certain windows because they’re “simply priceless,” but that’s not true. Every stained glass window in the world could conceivably be appraised and given an assessed value. Indeed, most are, for insurance… Read more »

A Brief Overviews of Stained Glass Repairs and Restorations

Stained Glass Window Reparis and Restoration

Here’s what often happens: someone in a church notices that the stained glass windows “look a little off.” Maybe a part seems to be crumbling, or air is being let in through a mysterious chip or crack. Perhaps dirt and grime has built up over the years and the windows have become noticeably dark, not… Read more »

Why Stained Glass Windows Are Vital to Gothic Architecture

Stained Glass Windows and Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture originated in Europe back in the 1100s and flourished ‘til the 1500s. If you see really old churches from that era, you’ll notice “flying buttresses,” pointed arches, and stained glass windows. Indeed, the Gothic “look” is evident today on churches even built in the 1800s and early 1900s in America. European people who… Read more »

The Differences Between Stained and Leaded Glass

Stained Vs. Leaded Glass

What’s the difference between stained glass and leaded glass? Oftentimes, people use these terms interchangeably and that’s fine, though industry insiders would differentiate them in one major way: leaded suggests no color is involved while stained implies color. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Whether or not your glass is clear or stained, one thing is for… Read more »

Stained Glass Windows and the Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding and Stained Glass Windows

Did you see Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle? That was an impressive wedding, to say the least. Millions of people watched the event, televised for all to see worldwide. Much of the day took place in the town of Windsor in the United Kingdom. For those of you who might not know, Windsor is a… Read more »

Give a Loved One the Unique Gift of Stained Glass Windows

Residential Stained Glass Windows

If you’re looking to get someone a gift, but that person seems to “have everything,” here’s something they might not have… yet: stained glass windows in their home. Talk about an elegant and memorable gift– stained glass windows are something people admire and talk about for years. Whether it’s a gift or something you treat… Read more »

How Does Stained Glass Deteriorate?

Broken Stained Glass

Over time, things can happen to stained glass windows, including damage and deterioration. Broken Glass The glass itself, if poorly processed or impure, can have tiny internal fractures or minor discolorations. Of course good old dirt can make stained glass windows dirty– which can be cleaned, thankfully. And glass, whether we like it or not,… Read more »