HOW YOU CAN TELL IF
YOUR STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
NEED REPAIR OR RESTORATION
* Does the window push outward when pressed?
If a window is not in its frame and sash, major
repair is needed.
* Are the reinforcing bars still securely attached to
the window? If the wire ties holding the panel to the saddle bars
have broken away in places, repair is needed.
* Do the glass panes rattle within their lead framework?
Loose glass will need a fresh supply of
glazing compound pushed up into the leads.
* Check for cracked solder joints and broken leads;
if found, these problems will affect the panel's
structural integrity and must be fixed.
* Are the panels bulging? If the bulging occurs
around the reinforcing bars, there is a structural
weakness and that should be addressed.
* Is the glass cracked, broken, or shattered? Cracked pieces
still secure in their lead frame can be left alone. Loose
pieces of cracked glass can be carefully joined (epoxy/adhesive or)
together. It is better to save an original, rare glass if possible than
to attempt a difficult match. Missing, mismatched, and
leaking glass should be replaced to return the window to its