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 original integrity.