Stained Glass Window & Frame Case Study

January 18, 2016
Stained Glass Window & Frame Case Study

Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists recently undertook a window frame renovation project, transforming an original set of lead and stained glass windows to a secure double glazed, sustainable window. The original lead and stained glass panels were removed and resized with new lead to be encapsulated within a double glazed window unit for added amenity.

This enabled the owner to improve the energy efficiency of the home and install securer frames whilst simultaneously keeping the original stained glass windows. The period home has retained its original character and exterior period theme, much to their delight!

The myth surrounding stained glass windows


It is a common misunderstanding that original stained glass windows and leaded glass cannot be kept when changing from wooden frames to UPVC frames. Here at Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists, we specialise in the removal and resizing of any stained and leaded glass panel so it can be encapsulated within a double glazed unit.

Types of stained glass window frames and leaded light window frames

Furthermore, there are many different types of materials that can be used for a frame. Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists can fit, remove or transfer stained glass windows to any sort of frame or sub-frame that are made from stone, metal, wood or uPVC:

  • Stone frames are often pointed up with a Portland cement-based mortar, which is not good for the relatively soft stone. This can be refurbished with a lime/aggregate mix where the colour is made to accurately match the original stone, thus saving the stained glass windows and retaining the frame.
  • Metal frames are easily restored by either creating a new custom made frame or by restoring the original frame and adding a zinc based primer that is designed to provide long term protection against rust and weathering.
  • uPVC frames are the most common frame used in modern churches and homes at present. Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists can design and create a stained glass window and encapsulate it within a double glazed unit, or similar to the example above, transfer the stained glass to the new frame.

If you’d like to renovate or change the frame around your stained glass window or are interested in finding out more, please contact us on 01202 882208 or email

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