3 Things To Consider Before Having Your Church Stained Glass Restored

3 Things To Consider Before Having Your Church Stained Glass Restored

Stained Glass Restoration Tips For Fort Collins Churches

You may have noticed that any of the beautiful Fort Collins churches fortunate enough to possess their original stained glass windows are definitely starting to look worse for the wear. Due to manufacturing constraints at the time, stained glass made in the early 20th century begins to deteriorate at the 80-100 year mark. Besides missing panels claimed by neglect and the weather, bowed frames may be apparent, as well as sagging in the leading or cracks in the glass panes.  Fear not, though, for these iconic stained glass fixtures in Fort Collins churches can be renewed and restored for another 150-200 years with our know how. As with all restoration undertakings, here are a few things for your church to consider.

What Will Your Fort Collins Church’s Stained Glass Restoration Cost?

A full restoration of church stained glass can reach easily into the thousands of dollars.  But, this not only restores the splendor and preserves it for future congregants and admirers, but contributes to the maintaining the rich historical endowment of Fort Collins as well.  When initiating a stained glass restoration project, we urge you to get a full and thorough estimate of the time and costs associated with the program.

How Long WIll The Restoration Take?

We at Fort Collins Stained Glass, a first-rate church stained glass repair operation, understand very well the time and attentive care needed to repair stained glass to its former glory.  This is no quick overnight fix! So, should you decide to undertake stained glass restoration on your Fort Collins church, please be certain that your church can make do with the temporary windows that will be in place from a month to potentially a year or more.  We can’t stress this enough, so please be sure to get a solid, complete estimate that truthfully includes the “down-time” while your stained glass window undergoes restoration.

How Will Your Church Raise Funds For Restoration?

Depending upon the scope of the job and the current state of the stained glass windows themselves, the costs for such a project can easily accumulate. A candid discussion with your congregation can yield many good ideas for fundraising and how to allocate funds to the cause.  We here at Fort Collins Stained Glass are happy to say that we have worked closely with many local churches on their own successful stained glass restoration fundraising efforts. We succeed when you succeed, and we’d love to throw our ideas in with yours!

If you have any questions at all on any aspect from the process, please reach out to us so we can help bring your Fort Collins church’s glass back to its former glory!



Martin's work has been spotlighted on HGTV, the DIY Network, CBS, NBC, and numerous media outlets. He is one of the most accomplished stained glass artisans of his time and the proud owner of Fort Collins Stained Glass. He has dedicated his entire life's career to sharing his love of stained glass with others and is an expert on its origin, manufacturing process, and history. In addition to creating custom stained glass for homes and commercial businesses, Martin also acts as a consultant for church restoration projects. Drawing on his own research and ongoing education as well as the skills that he attained while working as a glass artisan in Scotland, Martin helps property owners identify the best styles and options of stained glass for achieving their aesthetic and architectural goals. His company has been in business for over thirty years and has successfully executed over 50,000 projects.

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