When Should Leaded Windows Be Repaired Or Restored?

August 14, 2023
A red front door with leaded glass windows.

Like any architectural element, leaded glass windows aren’t immune to wear and tear. Over time, they may require a window restoration service to maintain their charm and intricate design. But when is best to have this done? Our team are sharing their advice for signs to look out for and when you should consider having your leaded windows repaired by an expert.

Age Of The Windows

One of the primary factors to consider when assessing the condition of a leaded glass window is its age. Older windows, especially those that are several decades old or more, are more likely to have suffered deterioration than newer windows. If your windows are particularly old, it’s advisable to have them assessed by a professional to determine their condition. At Sherriff, our specialists will be happy to offer advice and guidance on your lead window restoration needs.

Strength Of The Lead Cames

Leaded windows rely on the strength and stability of the lead cames to support each individual pane of glass. However, these can become brittle and prone to cracking or breaking. If you notice any signs of deformation or weakness, we strongly recommend having your leaded windows re-leaded promptly. Damaged or weakened lead not only affect the appearance of a window but also pose a significant safety risk should the glass panes become detached and fall.

Damaged Glass

One of the more obvious indicators of needing to have your leaded glass repaired is if you notice any damage to the glass, such as cracks, chips, or missing pieces. As well as affecting the window’s appearance, this can also have a large impact on the window’s structural integrity. If you observe any damage, you should have this restored by a lead glass repair specialist.

Loss Of Structural Integrity

It’s not only damage to the leaded glass that can affect the structural integrity of lead windows. Over time, exposure to the elements and the natural settling of the building can also cause windows to weaken. Signs to look out for include sagging or uneven frames, gaps between the glass and the lead frame, or difficulty in opening and closing the windows. When the windows no longer function properly or show visible signs of structural deterioration, it’s time to consult a window restoration service to evaluate the extent of the damage. They can then recommend the appropriate leaded window repairs.

At Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists, we’re experts in restoring leaded windows. We use a variety of traditional skills and techniques to retain the quintessential character of your home and can manufacture new leaded windows when a simple restoration isn’t enough. Each leaded glass design goes through a lead light cementing process, ensuring the window is waterproof and firm for 100 years.

Are you interested in our lead window restoration services for your own home? Contact us today to discuss any leaded glass questions or requirements. You can reach us by calling 01202 882208 or by sending an email to info@leadwindows.co.uk.

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