Will the staining on my glass window fade or wash off?
No. The ‘staining’ of the glass is not on the surface, it is mixed into the very fabric of the glass during the manufacturing process. Notice how stained glass windows in cathedrals have lasted for nearly 1000 years, and if you look at a piece of stained glass end-on you can see the stain runs through the entire glass. Normal washing detergents and our typical English weather will have no adverse effects on your glass.
Will my stained glass window be weatherproof?
Yes. If your window is designed to be an external window, then it will be fully weatherproof. Every separate piece of glass is tightly fitted into the lead channels (cames) and then special lead-light cement is forced into the small gaps between the pieces of glass and the lead cames to ensure a waterproof seal. This process is carried out on both sides of the window to double the protection.
Does my stained window have to be permanently fitted into the window frame?
No. Some clients decide to mount the stained glass on the inside of their existing windows using a frame. We can provide special unobtrusive brackets that screw to the inside of the window frame and these brackets then support the stained glass window.
If I move house can my stained glass window be re-located to my new address?
Yes. As part of our commitment to our customers we offer a window re-sizing service where we take the dimensions of your window’s new location and adapt the design of your existing stained glass window to the new dimensions. This ensures that you can continue to get the maximum enjoyment from your investment. This option is not without its challenges, so please give us a call if you are considering this.
Are stained glass windows only for external windows?
No. Providing care is taken during the design phase to choose the correct colour, texture and opacity, a stained glass window can look fantastic in an internal window or even hanging from a wall.
Can I clean my stained glass window?
Yes. Simply use hand-warm tap water or add small amount of non-ionic detergent and use the same technique you would for washing normal windows. You can allow the stained glass to air dry. Or, you can use a dry, soft cloth to buff the glass until it shines.
Does glass flow?
No. Well yes, but not at 'normal' temperatures. The idea that glass is a 'super cooled liquid' and actually has a degree of 'flow' at temperatures you and I find comfortable is a myth. This urban legend would have us believe that the windows in old churches are thicker at the bottom than at the top because glass is still a 'liquid' and is slowly flowing downwards. Ahh, that pesky Isaac Newton and his gravity.
If the windows found in early Elizabethan homes were thicker at the bottom than the top because of ‘flow’, then the glass found in Egyptian tombs should be a veritable puddle!, which it isn’t. Also, if glass flows at a rate that allows changes to be seen with the naked eye after a couple of centuries, then the effect would be noticeable in antique telescopes. Any slight deformation in the antique lenses would lead to a dramatic decrease in optical performance, a phenomenon that is simply not ‘observed’.
Yes, around 50% of glass in ancient stained glass windows is thicker at the bottom, but remarkably, the remaining 50% is thicker at the sides or the top! Personally I blame the glass maker who simply followed natural laws and fitted most of the pieces with the heavy end down! So don’t worry, your glass will not ‘flow’ out of its frame whilst you are watching Eastenders!
How far afield do I travel?
Most of the stained glass projects I have worked on are in the central/south/eastern regions of the UK. My work can be found in the following counties:
Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, London, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Warwickshire.
On occasion I've even had commissions as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland, so if you're not sure if I work in your region simply pick up the phone and give me a call or drop me a line using the 'contact us' page.