Can Dalle Stained Glass Be Repaired?

Can Dalle Stained Glass Be Repaired?

If you have Dalle de Verre stained glass on your Kansas City home or commercial property it is likely a real head-turner. This is because it is so very stunning and one of a kind. These mosaic stained glass artworks are made with thick plate glass which is then cut to various sizes. The glass can be smooth or strategically chipped on the surface to add facets. Regardless of how it is finished this type of glass is a work of art. Since Dalle stained glass sits outside most of the time and is exposed to the KC elements like wind, rain, hail, and heat it tends to get damaged frequently. Structurally the glass can take the abuse–since it’s epoxy base is very strong. However, keeping it looking good long term is a different type of challenge. Therefore, not only can Dalle stained glass be repaired but these repairs are needed more often because of its exposure to the elements.

How is Dalle Stained Glass Repaired?

To get an idea about the upcoming repairs for your KC Dalle stained glass you must first understand how it is made. Dalle stained glass is made from thicker slabs of glass (the term actually translates to “slab of glass” in french). Then cut into pieces, the glass is held together by epoxy dyed to give a mortared appearance. This means the structure is incredibly strong and holds Dalle de Verre glass in place quite securely. While this is good for strength against the elements, this tough epoxy is problematic during restoration or repairs. After we get your window to our studio we have to carefully hand-chisel the mortar-like epoxy substance. This is an incredibly labor-intensive process but one that is needed to allow us to clean and repair the glass injured by the elements. Once these repairs are done, we place the glass pieces in a custom-built box filled with sand in the exact layout we found it. We then pour fresh, dyed epoxy. After polishing the painstakingly restored Dalle stained glass window to an eye-catching luster, we reinstall it at your location. 

Kansas City Stained Glass for Your Dalle de Verre Stained Glass Restoration

One thing is for sure–you will be amazed at the lustrous look of your newly repaired Dalle stained glass! However, this will only come about if you go with an experienced professional, like us here at Kansas City Stained Glass. We have repaired quite a bit of this type of stained glass and know exactly how to finesse these challenging structures. Contact us today for more information on the Dalle de Verre stained glass repair process and to schedule an assessment of your glass.

Martin Faith is from Glasgow, Scotland, the stained glass capital of the world. Martin has been practicing the art of making stained glass windows for over thirty years and is a collector of antique works. His excellent craftmanship and extensive knowledge of the art form, including the required techniques for glassmaking, styles, and history of stained glass make him an expert in his field. Martin owns one of the largest stained glass window studios in the country. The company specializes in stained glass repair and restoration, religious stained glass, commercial stained glass, and custom residential stained and leaded glass. Together, Martin and his team have created hundreds of stained glass windows for homes and buildings in the Kansas City area.

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