Does Stained Glass Need Protective Covering?

With such intricate patterns and lovely leaded lines, stained glass is a by all definitions an art form. The delicacy of the patterns also tends to give the appearance of fragility to what is, in all actuality a very stable glass composition. As stained glass experts, we, at Custom Stained Glass, know that stained glass is not easily broken but that doesn’t mean it should not always be handled and treated carefully or that a layer of protective covering is not a good idea. Since stained glass is more expensive than traditional clear glass, the cost of protecting it greatly outweighs the cost of potential repair. Also, stained glass windows, in most cases, are meant to become family heirlooms–a protective covering helps ensure this outcome. Finally, stained glass windows, on churches, in particular, are often targets of vandalism. As such a stained glass window covering can thwart would-be attackers.

Types Of Stained Glass Coverings

Protecting stained glass windows is fairly simple. A covering is really just a sacrificial layer of stronger or more flexible material added on top of the glass. There are a few different options for protective layers for your stained glass. Like many things related to home care, each one has its pros and cons. Custom Stained Glass is able to explain any protection method to you and it’s good and bad points, including the ones we do ourselves. Below is an overview of some protection methods.

Window Film As Stained Glass Covering
The Pro: Is easily applied even on a DIY level (although not suggested) and can protect from UV Rays
The Con: Is not as strong as other protective layers, which could lead to glass still breaking.

Glass As Stained Glass Covering
The Pro: it stays clear over time, and it is a little stiffer and more scratch resistant than the plastics.
The Con: Does not protect from UV rays unless tint is applied

Acrylic As Stained Glass Covering
The Pro: Is strong, durable, stays clear over time
The Con: It does not insulate as well as an insulated glass

Stained Glass Covering Experts

From experience, we know, that stained glass windows are dear to and even sentimental to our clients. Which is why we want to help them last a long time and stay as stunning as the day they were installed. With proper care, your great grandkids will likely be able to enjoy the same beauty of stained glass as you do. Proper care means hiring a professional to install a stained glass protective covering. At Custom Stained Glass, we install the most durable and lasting protection for your stained glass. Our craftsmen and covering installers, are top of a line, to make sure our client’s valuable stained glass lasts for decades to come. If your stained glass doesn’t have a protective cover and you would like to find out more, contact us today so we can help you preserve your stained glass for the next generation!

Martin Faith

Martin Faith is a proud Scotsman, art connoisseur, and the owner of Custom Stained Glass. Martin learned how to make stained glass windows in Glasgow and possesses over 35 years of industry experience. After moving to the United States, he began selling items from his antique collection and opened his own studio. Today, his company produces some of the finest stained glass windows in the nation. Over the years, Martin's company has created more than 50,000 custom stained glass, beveled, and leaded glass windows for homes, churches, and buildings across the country.