For more than a quarter of a century, Classic Glass Ltd. has provided stained glass window restoration, protective exterior glass coverings, and new stained glass windows for churches and institutions nationwide. We also provide custom framing solutions for stained glass installations, along with frame replacement.
Our team of skilled designers and clerical consultants can help you bring your vision to reality. We provide a range of styles from contemporary to traditional, fully hand-painted designs. In the tradition of the Munich School masters of the 19th century, we are proud to say that our traditional painters are among only a handful of artists who are capable of attaining such a level of quality.
Stained glass church windows typically begin to show signs of bulging, sagging, and cracking after 70 years of age. Beyond 90 years of age, most stained glass windows have significant bulging and breakage. It is critical to address the cause of these problems with proper restoration, rather than only addressing symptoms with mere stopgap repairs, before permanent glass breakage occurs.
Many stained glass windows have had been covered with polycarbonate LEXAN sheets in the 1980s and '90s which have since turned cloudy and dull. The frames of these coverings are typically simple grid patterns and installed with no regard to the layout of the stained glass window's frame (see before and after images). Many older installations are also not properly ventilated, which means trapped condensation can contribute water damage over time. Our custom storm window frames are designed to follow the existing framework and provide proper ventilation; enhancing the windows rather than detracting from them. We provide custom-designed frames to match your existing frames using clear plate, tempered, or insulated glass.
Too often, standard commercial frames are specified for church building and frame replacement projects in churches. This requires additional modifications and costs if stained glass is to be installed in the future. We provide frame extrusions and configurations specifically engineered to house both stained glass and exterior insulated glass in one frame. These frames are custom-configured to accommodate the job. Ideally, the frame layout and stained glass are designed concurrently to maximize possibilities in the design process.
"...out of nine bids the church received, the bid from Classic Glass was the only one that included complete details of the restoration process, complete cost information, alternative for repair, and adherence to the Guidelines of the Stained Glass Association of America. The project itself was completed according to schedule and with utmost professionalism from the entire Classic Glass team. The parish members could not be happier with the final product. The finished windows are truly breathtakingly beautiful. What was old has been made new again. Thank you for your excellent work."
Calvary Episcopal Church,