Questions That Will Help Make Your Church Stained Glass Restoration A Huge Success

Questions That Will Help Make Your Church Stained Glass Restoration A Huge Success

Church Stained Glass Restoration Advice For Dallas Churches

The cold hard truth is–having your Dallas church’s stained glass repaired or restored is a fairly large project that could be time-consuming depending on the size and scope of the project.  Also, the cost could range into the tens of thousands of dollars–depending on many factors. But, don’t let these truths scare you away because church stained glass restoration is a very rewarding undertaking.  It will bring your church members closer together and even bring your church and even community closer together too. It also preserves some of the fast depleting relics of church history for future generations to enjoy.  Furthermore, by asking yourself, your parishioners and your church stained glass restoration company a few key questions, you will very much streamline the process and make it easier for all.

Questions To Ask  Yourself Or Church Body

How Will You Raise The Money For The Church Stained Glass?

Cost is definitely an issue for churches because they will likely need to fundraise to get the money for the restoration.  Be sure to get a feel for how far your church members are willing to go to get the funds and what they may not be comfortable with.

Will church members donate themselves?

Will they seek out wealthy local donors?

Will, your church do fundraisers?  What kind of fundraisers?

Are you willing to write proposals for grants?

Are there historical societies to turn to for help?

How Will Decisions On Appearance, Budget And Timing Be Made?

Knowing who will be in charge of key decisions in the restoration process is critical, as well as, having a budget and a strong sense of timing that works for your church.

Will there be a church committee to manage the stained glass restoration?

Will there be a point person on the committee?

Who will be that point person from your church? And are they comfortable with making important decisions sometimes on their own?

Conversely, will your committee vote on every decision?

How Long Can You Realistically Be Without Your Church’s Stained Glass?

Knowing how long your windows will be out of commission and whether your church has upcoming events in which our temporary windows will not do, is a critical part of the restoration process.

If your church windows are not in place for the holiday season will that be an issue?

What about for summer time and wedding season?  

Timing really is everything, so taking a good hard look at the best season for your Dallas church’s restoration is key.

Questions To Ask Your Stained Glass Restoration Contractor

  1. Does Your Churches Stained Glass Need Repair Or Restoration?

Before you spend any valuable time or money on your church’s stained glass windows, be sure to ask and understand whether your church’s stained glass needs repairs or restoration.  They are very different processes. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if the glass is even worth it/ is salvageable. Sadly, not all church stained glass can be saved. Many things hinge on which type of job your church stained glass needs–timing, cost, where the windows will be worked on and more.

  1. Is The Restoration Company Insured?

Hiring a stained glass repair company that is insured is non-negotiable. Should an accident or injury occur on your church’s property, you could be held liable if they are not properly insured.  Stained glass is breakable so there is an inherent risk. Any reputable stained glass restorer will have full insurance and proof of it.

  1. How Long Will The Restoration Take?

The stained glass restorer you choose should be able to give you a good ballpark time estimate.  Of course, things could change a bit once your Dallas church’s stained glass windows are out and being repaired but having an idea of timing is important to your church’s events and fundraising efforts.

  1.  How Much Will The Church Stained Glass Restoration Cost?

As church stained glass restorers ourselves, we know that giving churches a fairly solid estimate on cost is important, since they will likely have to raise the funds from scratch.  Any reputable restoration company will be happy to answer questions on cost and scope.

These questions are a good jumping off point.  For more information on these questions or if you have a few in mind beyond these, contact us at Stained Glass Dallas today!

Martin Faith

Martin Faith is a master craftsman, builder, and designer of stained glass windows. Martin learned the art of glassmaking while living in Scotland, where he was born and raised. He has been studying stained glass as an art form for over 30 years. When he moved to the U.S., Martin opened his own shop and started selling antique and custom stained glass windows. Martin's areas of expertise range from historic and religious stained glass to popular styles such as art nouveau, Mackintosh, floral, beveled, Greene & Green, and prairie. Over the years, his company has produced and sold over 50,000 stained glass windows to customers located in Dallas and throughout the country.

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