Installation expertsMartin Faith
When purchasing custom stained glass, you want to work with talented designers who can create the patterns and styles you love. You want to work with a company that has passionate and detail oriented craftsmen who will build high quality stained glass that is as well constructed as it is gorgeous. And you want a company who know how to take that gorgeous stained glass and expertly install it into your home, office, or other commercial space. Kansas City Stained Glass has over two decades of experience with stained glass windows and 60,000 installations of various kinds to their credit.
At Kansas City Stained Glass we tailor our installation to the location of the window, to the size and weight of the glass, and to the preferences of the customer. Most of our installations are a specific type, where we bond the new stained glass panel to the interior of the existing window pane. This protects the stained glass from the elements and also adds thermal efficiency, giving a single paned window into the thermal efficiency of a double paned window. The stained glass is thoroughly sealed with a bead of caulk that can be painted to match the trim or the window frame color. This caulk ensures that no dirt can get between the two panes of glass and mar the beauty of the stained glass.
The process described is our standard installation method, but there are times when we need a different one. In Kansas City, stained glass can be very large and heavy, especially if it is commissioned for church windows. In this type of situation, we know that gravity will take its toll on the windows over the years. We not only bond it to a clear pane of glass as described above, but we will also use steel supports set into the frame at appropriate locations to further support the windows and ensure their longevity and stability over time. You are probably aware that there is stained glass dating back hundreds of years in the cathedrals of Europe, we build and install ours to hopefully last just as long.
We might also install Kansas City stained glass in a wet environment, such as right inside a shower stall. This might be the shower glass door or a window in the shower enclosure, which was a popular feature in older homes. In a case such as this, it is not enough just to protect the stained glass from the outside elements; we need to protect it from the moisture inside the room as well. We’ll add a second clear pane of glass on the inside, making in effect a glass sandwich with the stained glass as the “meat.”
For more information about installation methods, please contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today.