If there are too many breaks, or the lead structure is damaged, the window rattles when tapped as cement has failed, or it has bowed or weakened in any way - the window will need to be removed completely from its frame. The window will be temporarily glazed using glass or wood.
This panel/window would be stripped back to its bare components in our workshop. All the old lead would be scrapped, all cracked or broken glass would be replaced like for like** and cut to shape, the window would be rebuilt using new lead and cement, and would be returned to its original state.
**every effort would be made to match the glass like for like, but due to glass making techniques this is not always fully possible - and as such the customer will be talked through the options for slight changes.
Areas of concern with British Standards and Building regulations are as follows:-
1. Safety - Traditional stained glass lead lights are often glazed in vulnerable/critical areas - doors, side lights and at low levels. The regulations are very clear in deeming traditional stained glass lead lights as safe and suitable for use in these areas provided the small panes within the lead do not exceed specific sizes (which ours don't).
2. Heat Loss - The regulations only apply to new doors and window frames, not to re-glazing old ones, and state that if the glass area is less than 50% of the door or window frame single glazing (and therefore traditional stained glass lead lights) is sufficient, if higher than 50% a double glazed unit is required. Whereas it may be possible to argue that double glazing would not suit the character of the house, it is possible to have traditional stained glass lead lights, and double glazing working together, there are various ways of achieving this to suit different situations - which can be talked about at a consultation.
Chris is happy to consider projects in all UK areas, but is local to Leicestershire and so can easily travel to the following: -
If you have a specific style in mind, then a Google Image search with that style and the words 'Stained Glass' works well.
Other places to look are: -
Yes - we fully recommend Joy Interiors, based in Derbyshire. You can take a look at their site HERE.
It's a complex process, and techniques vary depending on what design and style is chosen, but this site gives you a good idea of what's involved - with pictures! https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Stained-Glass
Absolutely! - Both in terms of restoration projects to bring older pieces to life, but also more modern designs (often called Art Glass) in commercial buildings and homes. It adds unique character and style to any building.
If looked after well, you can expect a Stained Glass Window to last as long as any other window in your home.