Leaded Lights into masonry
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Services

Specialist glazing supplier

We have only a small number of very specific service offerings. However these are are taliored to meet the traditional window restoration needs of older (typically Grade I, II or II*) listed properties, or those in a conservation area. Although we only offer selected services, these are the most popular and sought after in our experience. We can also offer advice and best guidance on your restoration project, or you can seek help from local conservation, planning or architects.
If you do decide to progress with restoration, this is not only encouraged by conservation officers but should not require any written authority to proceed. Only where you are replacing or making significant alterations would there be reason to seek written authority to proceed. The main concern should only therefore be selecting the right partner to do the refurbishment. If you are just looking to upgrade the glazing or perhaps window furniture, these are areas we can assist with, as detailed below. Whether it be to improve thermal efficiency or suggest options fyou can be confident that we are knowledgeable and practised in providing these solutions.

Traditional Leaded Lights

We are able to manufacture leaded lights in all commercially available sizes of lead came, and either rounded or flat edged. We stock a limited quantity of common sizes (e.g. 9mm, 12mm) as well as different grades of restoration glass. The glass can vary in thickness typically between 3-4.5mm and is graded depending on how rippled or imperfect. We can manufacture new or from templates, the cost varying dependent on style, shape and materials. Of course we also specialise in restoration of existing leaded light panels. Although essentially involving a similar amount of labour we always aim to preserve the main element - glass - which is incredibly important to conservation and appearance.

Decorative Leaded & Stained

Glass

Panels that include shaped and multiple colours of glass are generally called “decorative” rather than “stained” but often confused. Whilst decorative panels are frequently complex they normally involve single colour glass cut from a larger sheet. Which makes it a simpler and cheaper process to supply than stained - where glass is painted (metallic salts) and then fused in a kiln for each colour/pattern required. Decorative panels are very common in older victorian properties, typically in doors, porches or fanlights. When damaged panels are restored or manufactured we try to match existing colours as close as possible to the original.

Double-glazed crittall

We do get asked about improving thermal efficiency of existing crittall (metal) windows and doors very often. It is a great way of insulating a major area of heat loss (single glazing) and relatively straightforward, although labour intensive. Firstly the metal frames are stripped of existing glazing and furniture and the rebates cleared using hand tools prior to shot blasting. Once blasted and metal repairs are completed before the frame(s) are primed and a top coat applied. Meanwhile individual slim sealed units are manufactured to fit each frame. FInally the sealed units are putty glazed into the newly painted frames ready for collection.

Double-glazed timber

Many older properties have timber windows and doors, usually single glazed. Again an excellent way of dramatically improving thermal efficiency is to double-glaze the existing and/or replacement timber. Craft Glass can provide slim sealed units to size (either 5 or 10 year guarantee, depending on thickness) and putty glaze into timber frames ready for collection and fitting. This service is less labour intensive than crittall equivalent, as generally the timber rebates are provided to us primed and ready for glazing. It is a very popular service for local joinery companies or competent contractors.
CraftGlass
© Copyright Craft Glass Ltd

Services

Specialist glazing supplier

We have only a small number of very specific service offerings. However these are are taliored to meet the traditional window restoration needs of older (typically Grade I, II or II*) listed properties, or those in a conservation area. Although we only offer selected services, these are the most popular and sought after in our experience. We can also offer advice and best guidance on your restoration project, or you can seek help from local conservation, planning or architects.
If you do decide to progress with restoration, this is not only encouraged by conservation officers but should not require any written authority to proceed. Only where you are replacing or making significant alterations would there be reason to seek written authority to proceed. The main concern should only therefore be selecting the right partner to do the refurbishment. If you are just looking to upgrade the glazing or perhaps window furniture, these are areas we can assist with, as detailed below. Whether it be to improve thermal efficiency or suggest options fyou can be confident that we are knowledgeable and practised in providing these solutions.

Traditional Leaded Lights

We are able to manufacture leaded lights in all commercially available sizes of lead came, and either rounded or flat edged. We stock a limited quantity of common sizes (e.g. 9mm, 12mm) as well as different grades of restoration glass. The glass can vary in thickness typically between 3-4.5mm and is graded depending on how rippled or imperfect. We can manufacture new or from templates, the cost varying dependent on style, shape and materials. Of course we also specialise in restoration of existing leaded light panels. Although essentially involving a similar amount of labour we always aim to preserve the main element - glass - which is incredibly important to conservation and appearance.

Decorative Leaded & Stained Glass

Panels that include shaped and multiple colours of glass are generally called “decorative” rather than “stained” but often confused. Whilst decorative panels are frequently complex they normally involve single colour glass cut from a larger sheet. Which makes it a simpler and cheaper process to supply than stained - where glass is painted (metallic salts) and then fused in a kiln for each colour/pattern required. Decorative panels are very common in older victorian properties, typically in doors, porches or fanlights. When damaged panels are restored or manufactured we try to match existing colours as close as possible to the original.

Double-glazed crittall

We do get asked about improving thermal efficiency of existing crittall (metal) windows and doors very often. It is a great way of insulating a major area of heat loss (single glazing) and relatively straightforward, although labour intensive. Firstly the metal frames are stripped of existing glazing and furniture and the rebates cleared using hand tools prior to shot blasting. Once blasted and metal repairs are completed before the frame(s) are primed and a top coat applied. Meanwhile individual slim sealed units are manufactured to fit each frame. FInally the sealed units are putty glazed into the newly painted frames ready for collection.

Double-glazed timber

Many older properties have timber windows and doors, usually single glazed. Again an excellent way of dramatically improving thermal efficiency is to double- glaze the existing and/or replacement timber. Craft Glass can provide slim sealed units to size (either 5 or 10 year guarantee, depending on thickness) and putty glaze into timber frames ready for collection and fitting. This service is less labour intensive than crittall equivalent, as generally the timber rebates are provided to us primed and ready for glazing. It is a very popular service for local joinery companies or competent contractors.