Restoring Stained Glass Windows, Frames and Install New Protective Coverings for St Joseph’s Church. New London, CT.
Egan Church Restorations and our stained glass studio, Bovard Stained Glass were proud to have been selected from a number of bidders to assist St Joseph’s Church with their historic church repairs. Our team was asked to repair the historic wood window frames and installed Bovard’s patented perimeter framing system with built in vent screens. As a church on the ocean, we installed “Hurricane Code” tempered glass for 120 mph winds.
The historic stained glass window frames at St Joseph’s in New London, CT, had deteriorated over the decades from poorly installed protective glass. and were in poor condition.
We prepared a detailed stained glass window condition report for the church pastor to explain the issues and suggest the proper corrections and repairs. Because all of the window frames were in such poor condition were recommended repairing all as part of one project.
The Correction: Protective Coverings with patented ventilation system to insure air circulation
Unlike clear home or office glass, colored stained glass windows absorb heat from the sun. When heated, they expand just like all building materials. Because there is no “expansion joint” in the window sash or frame ( the glass would be loose and rattle and crack), the expanding glass has no place to go, so it bulges or develops stress cracks.
Bovard Stained Glass Studio designed and patented a perimeter framing system to address the “cooling” of the stained glass and air circulation to prevent moisture build up between the layers of glass. Built into the aluminum tracks, and spaced some at the bottom and some at the top ( to allow heated air to escape) provide the proper air flow to preserve the stained glass windows and prevent wood rot in the frame.