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Summer is the Right Season for Church Repairs in Massachusetts

15 Jun 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

If your church or place of worship in Worcester or elsewhere in New England is in need of repairs or a face lift, summer is the perfect time of year. As your parishioners travel for the summer holiday and the weather gives us a break, indoor and outdoor church repairs can be completed quickly in the summer.

From Stained Glass Window Repair to replacing old or vandalized marble statues, churches all over New England can take advantage of the weather and the season.  With minimal weather interruptions summer is perfect. Additionally, many churches have a lesser mass schedule making this the perfect time of year to replace church pews or floors.

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations has been in the church repair and renovations business for decades, proudly serving churches, hospitals, universities and private schools in New England and New York with face lifts, church furnishings and church repairs.

Damage from fire, vandals, age or if your church is in need of a face lift, contact Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations for a quote on your church project.

Restore The Historic Altar and Reinvest in Your Church

02 Feb 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations was asked by Father John Andrews, to help his parish Our Lady of Lourdes in Wellfleet Ma, to save and repair their historic altar.   This beautifully ornate altar and reredos had been removed from their closed summer chapel and put into the rectory basement, where it was continuing to deteriorate from neglect.
Egan's Church Furnishings brought their team of woodwork experts to the altar repair project. We were able to determine that although the altar had suffered from wood rot caused by water damage, we could save and restore the altar.   We carefully brought the altar to our shop.   
Our team hand sanded all parts of the altar.   We then repaired the rotted wood in the base, preserving the original materials and strengthening the wood to be as strong as real wood.   We then prepared the altar for staining.
The altar was stained to match the other church furniture.  Egan's artists then hand painted Mica based gold paint on the ornate trim on the altar.  The wood altar was then sealed in order to add a protective layer to prevent scratches and possible stains.
From sections of the old altar table that were no longer needed, we created and built a new pulpit and baptismal font. See the before and after photos of the church altar to the left here.
Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations brings a full team of restoration and repair experts to every project.  When repairs or restorations are needed, we have all the products and services to complete your project; contact us for a quote.

Historic Stained Glass Window Repairs

27 Jan 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Older churches and places of worship have beautiful and often priceless stained glass windows. Those windows are most often in wood frames and can weigh hundreds of pounds. Over time, those stained glass window frames rot and are often in need of repair. Often the windows need re-leading. In the past, lexan was placed over the windows for protection, and now you want those beautiful stained glass windows uncovered.

What is the process for restoring and repairing these old and often historic stained glass windows at Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations?

DOCUMENTATION: After bringing your stained glass windows to our site, we create photographic documentation of the entire window. This ensures that we have a record of exactly how your window was created.

TRACING: Before our team disassembles your stained glass window, a  tracing pattern is created which will be used during the reassembly process to be certain all glass pieces are returned to the original position.

DISASSEMBLY: Then your stained glass window is disassembled and the pieces of glass are cleaned. (All lead is disposed of at an EPA licensed lead recycling center).

REPLACING MISSING GLASS: Our team will carefully match any missing or damaged glass.

TOUCH UP, DAMAGED PAINTED GLASS: Our artists will touch up any damaged or unstable painted glass by using a “cold paint “technique. This follows the correct preservation standards to repair painted stained glass.

NEW LEAD INSTALLATION AND ASSEMBLY: Our crafts people will reassemble your stained glass window following the tracing pattern created at the beginning.
RE-CEMENTING THE STAINED GLASS: After the stained glass window is reassembled, our crafts people will then re-cement the stained glass. High quality cementing work is critical to the life of your restored window. Proper cementing will add the strength to you window to withstand decades of weathering.

RE-INSTALLATION: Our team will reinstall your stained glass windows into their original place in the church.

At the same time, we will be glad to perform exterior frame painting and protective covering replacement. For newly designed stained glass windows or to have your existing stained glass windows restored, contact Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Church Repair and Restoration Brightens up St. Mary's Church and Sanctuary

05 Jan 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

The pastor of St. Mary's Church in Uxbridge, MA, Rev. Steven LaBaire, called Jim Egan looking for ideas to brighten up the church and sanctuary.

After deliberation and review with Egan's artists it was agreed that with a limited budget, the best place to start the church restoration would be to clean and paint the Reredos with gold highlights to help add some color and brighten up the sanctuary.   It was also decided that we would remove the first 3 rows of pews to allow easier egress between the nave seating and communion stations at the sanctuary step.  
Egan Church Furnishings and Restoration’s flooring and sanctuary restoration craftsmen installed a new marble floor. Egan's Foreman worked with Father Steve in selecting the best marble tile to match the red oak furnishings and existing color tones in the sanctuary.  
In an effort to work with minimal interruption to the parish mass schedule, Egan's team arrived on a Sunday evening with the materials and tools needed to start work first thing Monday.  In one week we removed the existing carpet in the sanctuary, removed the three rows of pews across the front of the nave, removed the existing wood sub-floor, and repaired the structural beams under the sub-floor.  

We then installed the new 1/2" plywood sub-floor across the sanctuary and aisles, cleaned the church and had the church ready for services the next weekend.
After the weekend services, we returned and installed a new marble floor; 1500 sq ft of new 18" x 18" marble tile. Additionally we created wood steps up to the altar stained to match existing red oak in the sanctuary.  The installation of the floor and the clean up of the church was completed in five days.  
Father Steve: "The entire Sanctuary is so much brighter and looks outstanding.  The flow of communion is so much better for the elderly, Marko ( Foreman) is a real artist and craftsman, your men were outstanding. Egan’s was able to complete the work, match the colors, have the church clean each weekend and you were finished in two weeks. Everyone loves the changes!”   

The Right Team can Provide Church Renovations, Church Furniture and Painting

29 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

When your church or place of worship needs repair or renovation, it is important that you call a reputable team who understands the sanctity of the church, has respect for your place of worship and has a reputation of fantastic service and results.

St. Timothy’s Church in Warwick, RI was in need of a complete make-over. Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations team of artists and designers was chosen to assist Father Meehan.

With the goal being to “brighten and enhance” the interior of the church, we developed concepts and color schemes. To complete the project we installed new carpet throughout the nave and repaired the cushions on the church kneelers.

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restoration brings a full team of experienced church artists and crafts people to every project. In addition we provided on the site supervision to insure all work is done correctly and in a timely way. Contact us for more information or to request a quote.

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