Stained glass window repair. New energy saving “Thermo Barrier” window frame.
Stained glass window repair by Egan Church Restorations and our stained glass studio, Bovard Stained Glass helped the parish replace the badly rotted, intricate wood frame. Years of water penetration had severely damaged numerous window frames. St Paul’s UMC in Ithaca, NY wanted any new frames to be “energy saving” so they chose Bovard’s patented internal vented frames.
The National Preservation Society has determined that “all stained glass, when covered by either a single layer or double layer of protective coverings, MUST have a ventilation system to prevent heat build up in the stained glass and to prevent moisture build up between layers of glass.”
To meet this requirement when using Insulated Glass Units ( IG Unit) in our stained glass protective covering system, we created an internal venting system to block the cold air and saving as much heat as possible.
New energy saving window frames with built in screens for the ventilators and new stained glass window designs..
Did you know, repairing a wood frame may be more expensive than replacing the entire frame with our “super energy saving frame”?. Wood repairs are very labor intensive and need to be done on scaffolding. Sometimes parts need to be replaced and time is lost waiting for the wood shop to fabricate.
An all new aluminum frame is simple to build in the frame shop and can save thousands of dollars in costs up front and save thousands in heat savings for the life of the church.
When considering a stained glass restoration project, you should give serious thought to also replacing the frames. Our new “super energy efficient” frame with insulated glass, on the outside is getting rave reviews from pastors, architects and facility directors, for the incredible reduction in heating costs that are achieved! Some have saved 25% or more.
The additional cost to replace an average frame is not that much! The above frames cost $ 4,000 ea. for removing the old wood frame, making the new frame and installation. Our shop can make any shape, any size in either aluminum as shown or wood (for complex frame details).
Some Roman Catholic Diocese are now encouraging pastors to give this concept serious thought to help prepare the church for the future and provide a maintenance free frame for the life of the church.