While antique stained glass is not necessarily fragile, it does need to properly cared for so that it doesn’t deteriorate and break. Fortunately, stained glass windows require very little maintenance and cleaning. Rather, caring for stained glass is all about monitoring its condition and being aware of possible factors that could cause it to degrade. If your Kansas City church has stained glass windows, it’s important to take measures to protect you stained glass in order to preserve it for the lifetime of your church.
Stained Glass Preservation
Today, many stained glass windows are nearing an age where they require care. But the sad truth is, many of these works will be lost forever because churches aren’t aware that their stained glass needs care or don’t know about the factors that can cause deterioration.
Back when many of these antique stained glass windows were built, we were still learning things about science, mathematics, and engineering. This result in certain flaws in the construction of stained glass. Sometimes vents were not added to prevent heat from building up. Or the wrong type of metal was used for the caming. Eventually, these flaws in construction cause stained glass windows to deteriorate.
By being aware of the warning signs of deterioration, you can help protect your Kansas City church stained glass windows and preserve them.
Common Signs of Deterioration in Stained Glass
Deterioration occurs either because stained glass has been exposed to the elements and has begun to wear down or because certain errors were made with its construction. Signs of deterioration in stained glass include bowed glass, misshapen leading, cracked glass pieces, dirty or clouded pieces, leading that looks white, and steel bars that are beginning to pull away from the glass. When these signs are noticed, a stained glass repair company should be contacted immediately by the church.
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Are you concerned about the condition of your Kansas City church stained glass? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and have your stained glass windows inspected.