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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

Issue No. 3, May 2014

Stained Glass Window Frame Replacement: Wood vs Aluminum

Regarding the wood frames in your church, it is important to properly maintain them before they get to the point where they might need to be restored or replaced. If, however, your wood frames have deteriorated to the point that they need to be replaced, the decision as to whether to replace them with wood or aluminum has to be made. The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of using each material for you frame replacement:

WOOD FRAMES
Advantages:
  • Maintain the architectural integrity of the building for historic purposes.
  • Stained Glass window sizes do not need to be altered.
  • Easily painted/stained any color.
  • All details of existing frame can be replicated precisely.
Disadvantages:
  • High cost for replacement frames.
  • Need for future maintenance.
  • Not made to receive insulated glass units.
  • Less energy efficient.
  • Often use steel ventilators which add to energy loss by not shutting properly and lack of weather-stripping.
  • Repairs can be more difficult to perform if both protection glass and stained glass need to be removed to access damaged piece.
ALUMINUM FRAMES
Advantages:
  • No maintenance.
  • Energy efficient: Can receive insulated glass units, can be made with a thermal break within the frame, and ventilators close tightly and are weather-stripped.
  • Low cost for replacement frames.
  • Repairs can be made more easily; only damaged glass needs to be removed for repairs.
Disadvantages:
  • Not acceptable for historic commissions; does not maintain architectural integrity of the building.
  • Stained glass sizes need to be altered.
  • Limited colors and finishes.
  • Limited design options, some original design elements cannot be reproduced.

In This Issue

Stained Glass Window Frame Replacement: Wood vs. Aluminum

Recent Lamb Studios Projects:

Englewood NJ: Lamb Studios has been selected to create a new stained glass window for the newly renovated chapel at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. For this project, we look forward to collaborating once again with well-known artist Ellen Miret.

Completed Project: Lamb Studios recently completed the restoration of five Tiffany Studios stained glass windows for Hobby Lobby Stores Incorporated. The restored windows are to become part of an international traveling exhibit which features religious artifacts from all over the world.

The use of SKRIMS in Stained Glass Restoration Projects

What in the world is a SKRIM? It’s a full size photographic reproduction of a stained glass window printed on sturdy vinyl. SKRIMS are installed on the interior of the window openings upon removal of the stained glass for the duration of the stained glass restoration in the studio. The goal of SKRIM installation is to allow churches to continue functioning normally without missing their stained glass windows during the restoration project.

Lamb Studios has furnished and installed SKRIMS in three recent projects: Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster PA, Wilson College in Chambersburg PA (shown above), and Georgetown University in Washington DC. The use of SKRIMS has been very well received, and our greatest compliment and testimonial came at Dahlgren Chapel in Georgetown University. The priest was on site after the stained glass windows had been removed and the SKRIMS had been installed. Upon his arrival, he asked when the stained glass windows would be removed!

The disruption that can accompany a restoration project can be greatly reduced by having SKRIMS in place; allowing churches and other facilities to carry on with their daily routines while their stained glass windows are restored to their original beauty.

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