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Church Historic Restoration Project in Massachusetts

05 Jul 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Historic churches are beautiful and provide us a place to reflect and find peace. When they are damaged due to water or fire, or run down from the passage of time, it is important to find people who cherish your worship site as much as you do. Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations is well known for our ability to help you repair, restore or supply your church or worship site.

The top picture is the “before” picture of St. Patrick in Whitinsville, MA. part of the Diocese of Worcester, MA, which suffered heavy water damage.

Heavy water damage to the interior plaster of the church caused the decorative moldings, faux painting and figurative painting to peel. The plaster was falling from the walls and ceiling as well.

St. Patrick’s contacted Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations to help them with their church repairs. Intense historic restoration was needed to return this church to its previous splendor.

The bottom picture is the “after” picture of St. Patrick’s Whitinsville .

Exact historic replication was done of the decorative church painting. We also repaired the moldings which we crafted by hand.

During the church restoration and repair process, St. Patrick's was able to hold their church services every single weekend!

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations has Craftsmanship that is unmatched in the industry.

Contact Jim Egan for a free estimate, or call 866-829-2106.

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.

Many Stained Glass Church Windows Need Historic Restoration

09 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Stained Glass windows in churches and places of worship are a beautiful part of the design and the décor. However, over time, they can deteriorate and the window frames begin to rot.

Years ago, a lexan protective layer was installed over the outside of the window for protective purposes. However, over the course of time that lexan yellows and traps moisture in between it and the stained glass window.

This moisture causes the lead in the windows to rust or oxidize. Additionally the moisture causes the wooden frames to rot. These windows are extremely heavy and the deteriorating wood and lead can cause the windows to break and fall apart.
 
As the stained glass windows deteriorate they allow for quite a bit of energy loss. Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations does historic restorations on stained glass windows. Through our stained glass restoration process, we can repair the lead in the window, and repair or replace the wood where necessary. If the frame needs to be replaced, we can replace the frame with mahogany or aluminum, which creates a passive solar frame, which is excellent for cutting down on energy bills.

Contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for more  information on historic restoration of stained glass windows and stained glass window repair.

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