The beauty of stained or leaded glass is unmatched. It can add elegance to the simplest homes in entry windows or throughout the living area. When stained or leaded glass is in need of repair it is important to find a professional trained specifically in this type of glass repair. You may feel intimidated by the potential cost of repairing your stained glass. Here are a few things to consider before having your stained or leaded glass repaired that may help put your mind t ease about the price of the kind of repair you are looking for
Types of Repairs
There are a number of different types of repairs that your stained or leaded glass may need. Each one requires different amounts of work, craftsmanship, experience, time and money.
Broken or Cracked Glass Panel
if a piece of stained glass within the entire panel is cracked or broken, the piece usually can be easily removed and replaced without having to remove the entire stained or leaded panel. In this case, the repair would be simple quick and relatively inexpensive. Most stained glass repair pros will quote you a price per piece that needs to be replaced, or will quote an hourly rate with a ballpark time estimate on how long it will take them
Sometimes the panel of stained or leaded glass is unharmed, but the grouting or weatherproofing around the edges that hold the panel in place has come out or cracked. In this case, the panel can usually be removed, cleaned and reset without too much trouble or time. You will still want to hire a pro who has experience in how to handle stained, leaded or delicate glass work, but the repair itself is a simple and more straightforward setting and calking job and should not break the bank
Re-leading Stained Glass
Sometimes there are multiple cracks in many of the glass pieces or the entire panel has become warped, is no longer flat and has caused multiple breaks. In this case it is best to remove the panel from its location and have it taken apart, the glass cleaned and the entire panel re-leaded or re built. In these cases, accurate documentation in the form of drawing s and photos is usually necessary for the panel to be rebuilt exactly as it was. This will be your most expensive type of repair and the cost will depend greatly on the amount of damage and the size of the piece that needs to be re-leaded
Age and time are the single largest factors in the breaking, cracking or sagging of stained and leaded glass panels, but the with right restoration professionals, skilled in the specific repair and replacement of these types of specialty glasses you should have no problems having your glass repaired to look as good as new.