Is There A Difference Between Stained And Leaded Glass?

Is There A Difference Between Stained And Leaded Glass?

The Difference Between Stained, Leaded and Beveled Glass

At Salt Lake City Stained Glass we are often asked questions about stained glass and answering those question is something we love to do for potential and existing customers alike. The questions are on various topics: styles, colors, restoration vs. repair. One question we get a lot is what the difference is between stained glass and leaded glass and if beveled glass falls into either of those two categories. The truth is–stained and leaded glass are more or less the same thing. However, we have gone into some detail below about all three descriptions to set the record straight and help you better understand our craft.

What is Stained Glass vs. Leaded Glass?

For the general public, the terms stained glass and leaded glass interchangeably. But in the stained glass industry, we generally refer to stained glass as having color and leaded glass as being clear. So, while all stained glass can be referred to as leaded, all leaded glass is usually not referred to as stained glass. The difference is tiny but knowing this may help you better communicate your stained glass designer exactly what you are looking for on any part of your Salt Lake City home: entryway, bathroom, hallways, or kitchen.

What Is Beveled Glass?

Beveled glass is a piece of glass, usually clear, that has an angled cut around the periphery. This angled cut helps reflect light in beautiful ways creates gorgeous depth and character.

What is Textured Glass?

Although plain leaded glass is clear and usually lacks color, it is definitely not boring. This is because it often has textured glass pieces in it. Textured glass pieces come in a variety of appearances from wavy designs called “water glass” to feathery textures called “glue chip”. Using textured glass in leaded glass windows is a great way to add a classic elegant feel to any area of your Salt Lake City home.

Check out the stained glass video below for more information on stained glass for your Salt Lake City Home:

For more information about stained, leaded, beveled or textured glass, contact us at Salt Lake City Stained Glass today! We are Salt Lake City’s foremost stained glass expert and would love to help you with your stained glass project.

When Should You Repair the Stained Glass in Salt Lake City Temples?

The stained glass housed in Salt Lake City temples often showcase meaningful imagery with powerful individualized messages for each worshipper that sees them. It’s pertinent to maintain these beautiful antiques since they can be such a large part of the worship process and can add equity for your Salt Lake City temple. We always like to recommend stained glass restoration around the 75 year to 100 year mark.

Signs of Stained Glass Deterioration in Your Salt Lake City Temple

Stained glass can showcase a multitude of deterioration signs, signaling its time for restoration. If you see a film of white dust on the stained glass window itself, that’s often a sign of lead deterioration. After so many decades, pieces of your temple stained glass can begin to warp into concave and convex shapes. Pieces of your stained glass can even fall out of the window itself, feature discoloration or a yellowing tint, and showcase scratches or dirt buildup. The lead came which frames the stained glass window can also begin falling apart and disintegrating, loosening the entire structure. If you’re not sure you witness deterioration, please call Salt Lake City Stained Glass. We’d be happy to send one our stained glass artisans to assess your stained glass and determine if it’s a candidate for repair, restoration, or replacement.

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Salt Lake City Temple Stained Glass Restoration Process

Stained glass restoration begins with an on-site assessment, determining the causes of deterioration in order to customize your restoration plan. Our acclaimed process begins with removing your stained glass windows and carefully returning them to our stained glass repair studio. The stained glass is soaked for up to two weeks in soap blend in order to remove all impurities and to disassemble the stained glass piece by piece. From there, each piece is replaced or restored and new lead came is produced. We utilize a black cement and reinforcement glass to ensure your stained glass lasts another century.

For more information regarding temple stained glass restoration in the Salt Lake City area, please contact us or call: (801) 895-2954

How To Spot Damage In Your Salt Lake City Home’s Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows In The US Are Turning 100 Years Old

Here in lovely Salt Lake City and many cities in the US, the 100-year mark for stained glass windows is here. Most of this countries stained glass windows were built shortly after the turn of the century so, it is about that time that stained glass, barring any problems due to accidental breakage or poor craftsmanship, will begin to need repair or restoration. If you have stained glass in your home with stained glass windows, it may be time to start thinking about having your antique stained glass restored or inspected and cleaned. At the very least, perhaps it is time to inspect it yourself and see if the telltale signs of needing restoration are present. Below are some signs to look for on the stained glass windows in your Salt Lake City home to give you an idea if your windows need to be repaired or just need a thorough cleaning.

Look For Deterioration On Your Stained Glass

As it were, stained glass is a very durable material and relatively immune to deteriorating due to natural aging. American glass is extra stable because of the composition of the glass used here in the states. However, this does not mean the glass can never be damaged or be tarnished by elements. Some apparent signs the stained glass in your home needs repair are scratches, chips, and abrasions–which also take reduce clarity. Chemical agents and smog also get caked on stained glass–making it look old and dingy. If your glass looks cloudy or dull, this is probably why. Of course, broken panels are a sure-fire sign your glass needs professional help and should be dealt with as soon as possible since this will lead to much worse problems or total failure of the glass. If your stained glass has broken glass or missing panels, it is absolutely time to have it restored, because more damage is soon to occur.

Look For Structural Deterioration Of Your Stained Glass

The biggest breakdown of leaded stained glass is through its skeletal structure which holds the glass in place. This is when the frame itself or the leaded caming holding the pieces of glass together is rotting, deteriorating or sagging. At this point, stained glass frames are approaching total failure. You need to fix it right away or it could collapse. When caming starts to fail, you will see missing, bent or broken pieces and probably cracking on the glass near or connected to the frame. In this condition, stained glass could easily fall out from just a strong wind or vibration.

Look For Signs Your Stained Glass Is Dirt Or Needs Cleaning

Even though stained glass will likely need restoration at about 100 years of age, sometimes stained glass, even very old stained glass, is perfectly fine and may just need a deep and thorough cleaning. Stained glass cleaning is a relatively inexpensive procedure that will bring it right back to its original luster. The reason stained glass gets so dirty is environmental; soot and grime build up on both sides of the glass from things like pollution, smoke, and oxidation. Keep in mind it is critical to have a professional stained glass company clean your older stained glass is because aggressive cleaning or cleaning with the wrong chemicals will cause damage, permanently affecting your glass’s transparency and/or shine. Regular cleaning is also necessary to avoid build-up of chemicals or air pollutants which could lead to long-term damage.

See more about stained glass repair and cleaning in the video below:

Contact us at Salt Lake City Stained Glass to have your stained glass inspected by a true professional today!

Tips & Advice for Incorporating Stained Glass in Your Salt Lake City Kitchen

Adding stained glass to your Salt Lake City kitchen can be beneficial for many reasons. Stained glass windows create privacy from neighbors, can increase the resale value of a home, and add color and visual interest to kitchens that lack character. Deciding how you want your stained glass to look and where you want to put it in your kitchen can be a hard decision. That’s why we’re here offer our advice!

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How to Incorporate Stained Glass into Modern Architecture in Salt Lake City

Stained glass is renowned for its beautiful traditional application featured in many Salt Lake City churches, historic buildings, and homes. From powerful religious symbolism to symbolic heritage imagery, stained glass has served as a means for both decorative purpose and storytelling. Modern stained glass is definitely still up-and-coming, usually underestimated and not as well known. Stained glass’ versatility is showcased in contemporary stained glass and all the unique applications now more commonly seen throughout Salt Lake City’s commercial buildings and modern homes.
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The Simple Fast Process Of Installing Stained Glass Inserts On Your Salt Lake City Home Stained Glass Inserts Are Lovely And Easy

Stained Glass Inserts On Your Salt Lake City Home

A lot of people consider having stained glass installed on their homes and brush off the idea because they think it is a long, drawn-out process and ultra expensive too.  While stained glass does not come cheap, the amount of value it adds to your Salt Lake City home is well worth the investment.  However, in regards to the process, homeowners in the Salt Lake City area will be surprised to find out that the addition of decorative stained glass to their home by way of leaded glass inserts, is easy, fast and as beautiful as any other stained glass installation method.  It also happens to be an installation method we use frequently here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass.

What are Stained And Leaded Glass Inserts?

Essentially stained and leaded glass inserts are stained glass and lead separators that are bonded right onto the frames of your home’s windows.  Not only beautiful but absolutely lovely, they make the stained glass installation process fast, simple and readily accessible to nearly any window on your home.

What is does the process for stained glass inserts entail?

For bonded stained glass inserts the process is simple and installation is done in as little as one day.

First, the glass is cleaned completely and all debris is thoroughly removed to ensure tight bonding.  Special care is taken not to wet the frame of the window lest moisture be trapped underneath the glass.  After a dry fit to make sure the window fits perfectly, the stained glass piece we at Salt Lake City Stained Glass have custom create for you is installed bevel side facing in by using specially formulated l ¼” or ½” window tape.  Next, the tape hung window is masked off and caulk is applied to the small gap between the stained glass window to adhere it permanently.  All of this application takes less than an hour in most cases and you are left with a gorgeous stained glass window to give your home the character and charm you have always wanted.

Check out our installation video here.

For more information on how you can have a stained glass window of your very own, Contact Salt Lake City Stained Glass today!

Celtic Style Leaded Glass Transoms for Your Salt Lake City Home

Celtic style leaded glass transoms are a wonderful way for you to celebrate your heritage in your Salt Lake City home. These beautiful additions are such a unique, artistic touch, making your Salt Lake City home really stand out! Even if you’re not of Celtic descent, Celtic art can be embraced by any Salt Lake City homeowner!

Why Celtic Style Leaded Glass in Your Salt Lake City Home?

Celtic artwork is most prominently known for its knot work and interlacing patterns, including circles, triskeles, and spirals. Celtic artwork is ornamental, curvilinear, and often involves complex, heavy symbolism. The intertwined lines often symbolized eternal life. In modern day, many Salt Lake City homeowners choose to display Celtic infinity knot work, symbolizing a never-ending, infinite marriage or powerful family bond.

Whatever symbolic meaning you may want to convey in your Salt Lake City home, we’ve got you covered. Our portfolio features hundreds of Celtic style leaded glass and stained glass options, meaning whether you’re looking for something to duplicate with your own twist or looking for inspiration for your own custom Celtic piece, our design team is well equipped to create your design.

Benefits of Celtic Style Leaded Glass Transoms

Leaded glass, a clear, textured stained glass, gives any Salt Lake City homeowner a multitude of design options for their Celtic style transoms. Transoms often allow that beautiful Salt Lake City sunshine into your home, giving you the opportunity to really take advantage of leaded glass. Leaded glass also offers a privacy factor, blocking out any unwanted views from your neighbors no matter what level they’re on.

Leaded glass transoms are a great renovation idea for adding delicate, elegant touches to your home. Celtic style leaded glass offers any Salt Lake City homeowner the opportunity to display significant symbolism in their homes as well.

Call today to schedule an in-home consultation on how Celtic style leaded glass transoms can really transform your Salt Lake City home: (801) 895-2954

Tiffany Style Stained Glass For Your Salt Lake City Home

Tiffany Style Stained Glass Salt Lake City

At Salt Lake City Stained Glass we often hear the term “Tiffany Glass” Or “Tiffany Style” Stained Glass” which is a style was pioneered, invented and refined in the Tiffany studios between 1878 to 1933 at the Tiffany Studios. Louis Comfort Tiffany and a team of other designers, like Clara Driscoll, inspired by Roman and Syrian stained glass, were driven to create a richer toned, unpainted stained glass. They wanted the glass itself to transmit texture and rich colors and succeed in doing this with a glass type product called Favrile. The Tiffany style has since become a beloved American look and one we at Salt Lake City Stained Glass get requests for quite frequently.

Choosing A Tiffany Style Stained Glass Technique

We get many requests from Salt Lake City homeowners looking for an air of elegance and sophistication by adding Tiffany style stained glass to their entryway or bedroom windows. We, at Salt Lake City Stained Glass not only have the know-how for such a refined style, we are always happy to use such a well-loved and beautiful style such as Tiffany for inspiration and for your edification have outlined some different inspiring Tiffany looks and techniques below.

Opalescent glass: The term “opalescent glass” is commonly used to describe glass where more than one color is present. It is very shiny with an almost raw pearl-like quality.

Favrile Glass: Often has a distinctive characteristic that is common in some glass from Classical antiquity: it possesses a superficial iridescence. This iridescence causes the surface to shimmer but also causes a degree of opacity.

Ripple Glass: Ripple glass refers to textured glass with marked surface waves. Tiffany made use of such textured glass to represent, for example, water or leaf veins.

These are all common inspirations for us here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass but there are many other Tiffany Style stained glass looks and textures too. The one common thread is they are all beautiful! If you are like many in the Salt Lake City area who admire the gorgeous Tiffany Glass and want the same beauty and elegance in your home, Contact us today at Salt Lake City Stained glass for a free design consultation and expedient pricing.

How Stained Glass Can Beautify Your Park City Kitchen Cabinets, Pantry, or Wine Cellar

Did you know that stained glass can actually make a charming addition to your kitchen? In fact, many higher end properties and homes in Park City have stained glass kitchen cabinets, pantries, and wine cellars. Stained glass can be a great way to add color to your kitchen and give it a more eloquent, upscale look. There are many different styles to choose from and you can even have your stained glass custom designed.
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Celebrate the Change of Seasons in Salt Lake City with Aspen Stained Glass

With temperatures dipping into the mid 60’s this week, it’s clear that fall is just around the corner for the Salt Lake Valley. And with the change of seasons comes a change in the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds Utah’s great capitol. Indeed, now is one of the most magical times of year in Salt Lake City as the leaves begin to change to a beautiful magical orange, gold, and red hues. And what better way to commemorate this perfect time than with an aspen stained glass window?!
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