Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, Graziano Stained Glass has built a reputation for excellence in stained glass restoration and newly designed stained glass windows. Artist, craftsman and owner Jake Graziano personally works on all aspects of the restoration process. With time honored attention to detail, every piece of glass is protected, conserved, and restored to the highest standards. Graziano Stained Glass specializes in historic and liturgical restoration of stained glass, woodwork and decorative ironwork, as well as custom stained glass design and fabrication of traditional and contemporary leaded windows.
Stained glass windows begin to show signs of aging and deterioration between 70 and 100 years of age. The best way to avoid costly repairs of stained glass windows is to restore them before glass begins to break. Stained glass usually needs to be releaded or repaired to prevent permanent damage. The lead, cement and solder that hold the glass in place will become brittle over time. As windows age natural expansion and contraction will eventually cause decay of the lead and the cement, and an overall weakening resulting in bulging and buckling of the window.
General periodic maintenance and an overall assessment will identify any premature window movement and/or installation problems. Regular cleaning, repairs, recementing and reinforcing will enhance the structural integrity, increasing the longevity of the windows. If your stained glass windows exhibit any of these problems they are most likely in need of restoration.
Many of these windows from turn of the century studios have provided an atmosphere of beauty and reverence for over 100 years. Graziano Stained Glass is committed to helping you realize the importance of preserving these irreplaceable works of art and history.
Why are our stained glass windows bulging, sagging and bowing?
A stained glass window consists of many individual pieces of glass, held together by strips of lead and solder, and strengthened with a putty-like cement. With age, air and moisture will decay the lead and cement at which point the entire structure of the window begins to weaken under itís own weight. Sagging and bowing are evidence of the final stages of this process. If this problem is not addressed the glass may crack or fall out of the lead. Proper restoration can extend the life of the stained glass window for up to another 100 years.
What signs of deterioration should we look for in our windows?
Sagging, bulging and minute cracks in the lead .Cracked or missing glass. Rattling or loose sound when stained glass is tapped. Unattached reinforcement bars and/or broken solder joints. Air, water or light leaks through the stained glass window. Previous repairs such as mismatched glass, silicone glue and improper addition of reinforcement bars may contribute to a windowís deterioration. One or more of these problems would indicate the need for maintenance or restoration of your stained glass windows.
What can we do to extend the life of our windows?
The type of restoration of stained glass windows depends on the level of deterioration. Options for restoration include: Preventative Maintenance: Windows should be assessed and general maintenance performed. This includes removal, recementing, cleaning and documentation of their condition. In cases where the lead is still in good condition but the stained glass is sagging or buckling, the windows can be removed, flattened, and repaired. In cases where the lead has decayed, a complete restoration is the most thorough and cost effective option, returning the window to itís original strength and condition.