Stained Glass Restoration - Restoring Stained Glass Windows to Their Original Beauty

Stained glass windows usually begin to show signs of deterioration around 70 years of age and beyond. Typically, after 90 years there is significant evidence that permanent damage is occurring. This is often represented by ‘symptoms’ such as bulging, sagging, light leaks, loose re-bar, and cracked glass. The glass itself is what we are trying to preserve. The lead caming and putty/cement is what is deteriorating. Once the glass has cracked, it is cracked permanently. The goal is to replace or stabilize the lead matrix before permanent glass damage occurs. This is best done through a complete re leading when necessary. A much higher degree of vigilance is necessary, if your windows are hand painted and include figures and faces etc. Once a face or painted piece is cracked, it is permanent.

It is important to note that simply addressing the ‘symptoms’ by doing general repairs on a stained glass window such as flattening, re cementing, and replacing or covering cracked glass, does not address the source of the problem, and is not considered a ‘restoration’. These issues for most windows over 70+ years old are caused by the lead caming becoming brittle and developing hairline cracks throughout. Too often, Church trustees are spending thousands on ‘general’ repairs over a period of years chasing the symptoms, only to find that a proper restoration / releading is inevitable regardless.

General repairs and flattening are a viable stained glass repair method in unique circumstances, usually for windows showing premature signs of deterioration at a much younger age. (Less than 60 years old) 

Please see the typical ‘Step-by-Step’ stained glass restoration process here.

Our stained glass restoration services include:

  • Complete re-leading
  • Cleaning and polishing
  • Reinforcing and cementing
  • Glass research and matching
  • Paint replication
  • Frame replacement
  • Stained glass window re-location and retrofit

Classic Glass, Ltd. Stained Glass Studio has completed countless stained glass restoration projects of all sizes and has the experience necessary to handle even the most demanding job conditions. Please feel free to contact any church on our project list for a reference, call 1-701-232-8999 or email Classic Glass for more information.

Because each window is different, contact Classic Glass to discuss your stained glass restoration needs.

Listing of Restoration Projects (Pictures of Restoration Projects below these.)

Newburgh Town Hall 
Newburgh, IN
Pontoppidan Lutheran Church 
Fargo, ND
Bethel Lutheran Church 
Madison, WI
Our Saviors Lutheran Church 
Montevideo, MN
Northern State University 
Aberdeen, SD
Trinity Lutheran Church 
Fisher, MN
Grace Free Lutheran Church 
Valley City, ND
St. Williams Catholic Church 
Ramona, SD
St. Johns Catholic Church 
Wahpeton, ND
St. Boniface Catholic Church 
Wimbledon, ND
St. Ann's Catholic Church 
Belcourt, ND
Bethlehem Lutheran Church 
Aberdeen, SD
Roncalli Catholic School 
Aberdeen, SD
Hope Lutheran Church 
Walker, MN
Grace Lutheran Church 
Carrington, ND
St. Josephs Catholic Church 
Crosby, MN
Salem Covenant 
Duluth, MN
Holy Spirit Catholic Church 
Nortonville, ND
St. Mary's Catholic Church 
Clear Lake, SD
Church of Corpus Christi 
Bismarck, ND
St. Boniface Catholic Church 
Walhalla, ND
Community Church 
Aneta, ND
United Methodist Church 
Chisholm, MN
Grace Lutheran Church 
Brandon, MN
First Presbyterian Church 
Mandan, ND

Dell Rapids Lutheran Church 
Dell Rapids, SD
Federated Church 
Grafton, ND
Stutsman County Museum 
Jamestown, ND
Chippewa County Historical Society 
Montevideo, MN
Diocese of Fargo - Pastoral Center 
Fargo, ND
Detroit Lakes Public Library 
Detroit Lakes, MN
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 
Mankato, MN
Palestine Lutheran Church 
Veblin, SD

Our Saviors Lutheran Church 
Crookston, MN
First English Lutheran Church 
Spencer, IA
Plymouth Congregational Church 
Aberdeen, SD

Bethesda Lutheran Jewell Church
Ames, IA
Grace Lutheran Church 
Ely, MN
Renner Lutheran Church 
Renner, SD
First United Methodist Church 
Cedar Falls, IA

Grace Episcopal Church 
Jamestown, ND
First Congregational Church 
Spencer, IA
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church 
Fargo, ND
Bethany Lutheran Church 
Ishpeming, MI

First Presbyterian Church 
Wilton, ND
Ebenezer Lutheran Church 
Northwood, ND
Jamestown College 
Jamestown, ND


Pictures of Restoration Projects