How To Spot Damage In Your Houston Home’s Stained Glass Windows
Did you know that much of the nation’s stained glass and leaded glass is nearing or already at the 100th-anniversary mark? However, a lot of the stained glass here in Houston and around the US has not been cleaned or repaired since the day it was installed. For the best, brightest and most beautiful stained glass in your Houston home, it is important to have proper care. But how do you know when it is time to have your stained glass cleaned or repaired? Below are some things to look for in your house’s stained glass windows to give you clues to its condition and whether or not it needs repair.
Look For Deterioration On Your Stained Glass
Stained glass is more or less immune to natural deterioration and Amercian glass, in particular, is very stable because of the composition of the glass. However, that does not mean the glass cannot damage. An obvious sign the glass in your Houston home needs repair are broken panels, but scratches and abrasions can affect the clarity of your glass dramatically. Also, chemical agents and smog build up on your glass over time too. These signs of deterioration can be apparent by windows that lack shine or tiny cracks and chips in the glass.
Look For Structural Deterioration On Your Stained Glass
Probably the most common break down of leaded glass is deterioration of the skeletal structure that holds the glass. This means the frame itself or the leaded coming that secures the individual pieces of glass in place. When frames fail it starts to become apparent by the leaded glass sagging or cracking in the glass near or connected to the frame. This type of damage really needs to be remedied because the stained glass is in imminent of falling out from wind pressure or vibration.
Look For Signs Your Stained Glass Is Dirt Or Needs Cleaning
Sometimes stained glass, even very old stained glass, may just need a thorough professional cleaning to make it as good as new. This is because dirt, soot, and grime can build up on both sides of the glass from pollution, smoke, and oxidation. It is important to have a professional do the job since, overly aggressive, or poorly executed repairs can cause damage. It is best to also have this cleaning regularly since, avoiding a build-up of chemicals or air pollutants makes the job easier, with less risk of long-term damage.
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