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Storm Protection For Your Valuable Stained Glass Windows!

08 Mar 2013

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan windowes are rated for 90MPH winds.

90 M.P.H wind load is our standard model of protective coverings for stained glass windows.   

Unfortunately, hurricanes and winter storms are getting more intense and destructive. Super Storm Sandy was  a clear example of these more destructive storms we need to anticipate.  Sandy caused noticeable damage to beautiful stained glass windows in the northeast with heavy winds and flying debris.

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations offers one of the highest quality and strongest protective covering systems for stained glass protection.  Our standard model of coverings has been engineered to meet a wind load of 90 mph.   We also offer upgrades to 110 mph and even up to 150 mph wind load.

Now is the time to upgrade your stained glass window protectionHurricane season will soon be upon us again and who knows what we will face this year.   Bob or Jim Egan will be glad to meet with you, at no charge,  to review your window protection and offer advice to help you plan the proper level of protection.  In addition, we can advise you on any frame or stained glass repair that may also be needed while the protective glass is off the windows.

Contact us to arrange a free consultation about upgrading or adding protective coverings to your stained glass windows and avoid costly damage.  Call toll free ( 1-866-829-2106 ) or send an email to: info@eganchurchfurnishings.com  to arrange a convenient date to meet.

Other services available:  Stained glass frame repair—frame replacement for energy savings—Replacement ventilators with built in screens--Stained glass repair—new stained glass and more.

Poorly Installed Stained Glass Window Coverings Cause Problems

08 Nov 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

In churches, many problems occur with poorly installed protective coverings over stained glass windows.


“Poorly installed protective coverings have caused more damage to stained glass windows and frames,

than all the fires, vandalism and storm damage, combined”

This was the findings of the National Preservation Society after conducting a thorough study of stained glass
protective coverings. This study determined that when protective glass or lexan is used to protect stained glass
windows
, a ventilation system (air flow between layers of glass) must be installed to prevent serious damage such as: 
  • Wood rot in the frames from moisture buildup
  • Oxidation of the lead in the windows
  • Rusting of the steel in the ventilators and Bulges in stained glass from over
  • Expansion of the glass

Further, the study determined that aluminum or vinyl coverings over damage wood frames, especially on the window sills, will accelerate wood rot, not correct it. The proper corrective measure is to remove the sealed protective glass and add a ventilation system before reinstallation or new protective coverings are added over the stained glass windows.

Our stained glass studio has designed and patented a unique perimeter frame with built in ventilation to provide the proper air circulation to dry out the air space and prevent further damage. This solution is available with your choice of plate glass, laminated glass or lexan.

Our stained glass window protection can meet any hurricane code: 90 mph winds, 110 mph winds or 150 mph.

At Egan's Church Furnishings and Restoration, our team can remove the old stained glass window coverings, repair and paint the frames and install our patented system.   Contact us for a free inspection or you can email us at info@eganchurchfurnishings.com

Church Stained Glass Window Repair - CT

12 Oct 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egans Church Furnishings and Restorations was asked by the vestry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church to help them develop a plan and budget to restore historic stained glass windows in their beautiful church and correct the trapped moisture problem with the exterior coverings on those windows.

In order to help with the funding, Bob Egan conducted a thorough site review and prepared  a comprehensive proposal for the parish to submit to the various preservation groups.  By showing the preservation groups the multiple problems that can arise from the damaged stained glass windows and the lack of ventilation from the protective coverings along with our “holistic” approach to stained glass window repairs,   they raised the funds much quicker than they had expected.

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations offer the finest quality stained glass repairs and restoration. Our studio has patented a complete protective covering system that no one in the industry can match.

Contact us to set up an appointment for a free inspection and evaluation of your stained glass or other renovation needs.

www.eganchurchfurnishings.com      866-829-2106

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.

Exterior Preservation or Interior Remodeling for Your Church

25 May 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

If your place of worship needs exterior preservation or interior remodeling you need experts in historic restorations and a company that has long lasting relationships in church furnishings. Universities are out for the summer, if your Christian University Parish needs refurbishing contact Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Egan’s has experience all over Boston, Worcester, Providence and the New England and New York area working and restoring historic churches in your communities.

From stained glass window repairs to new flooring, from sanctuary furniture to church pew cushions, Egan’s has been in the business since 1965. We know churches and we know church furnishings.

With 100’s of references in the area, we know that you will be confident with the budget and the work. Contact us for all of your church restoration needs.

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.

Stained Glass Window Restored at Staten Island Church

01 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

A stained glass window to the past was painstakingly restored by Egan's Church Furnishings and Restoration and reinstalled at Our Lady Queen of Peace R.C. Church, Staten Island, just in time for the parish’s 90th anniversary mass last Sunday.

The stained glass church window, which is about 22 feet high and about 12 feet wide, depicts Our Lady Queen of Peace as the main figure surrounded by other saints. It is thought to be as old as the parish.

The main problem was that the wooden frame of the stained glass window was rotted, rendering it unable to securely hold the weight of the window. The glass pieces alone weighed up to 800 pounds.

The window had to be taken apart and then reassembled in what was described as “an incredible jigsaw puzzle” by Robert Egan of Egan Church Furnishings in Shrewsbury, MA. Each piece of glass was cleaned, repaired if needed, releaded and then encased in an aluminum frame at Bovard Studio in Fairfield, Iowa.

Egan’s engineers did a detailed study of the original wooden frame to copy its shape exactly with the new aluminum frame, which won’t rust or deteriorate, but looks beautiful. Now, if window repairs need to be made in the future, the new frame is a simple track that can be snapped out, the glass can be removed and the channel snapped back in place. The patented frame is touted as the only one for stained glass that vents to the inside of the church, a major energy saving feature. One of the reasons Our Lady Queen of Peace chose Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations for the job.

Parishioners celebrated the return of the window, and kicked off the church’s year-long anniversary festivities with a mass officiated by the Rev. Pancrose Kalist, pastor, and his brother, Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut, India. They left on Monday for a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The theme of the event was “Reflect & Renew,” and the church, which holds about 400 people, was standing room only for the mass, followed by a reception.

The year-long celebration will culminate with a dinner planned for Oct. 14, 2012, at the Excelsior Grand, Staten Island.

For information on Stained Glass Windows whether you are repairing existing ones or need new ones designed for your place of worship, contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Original Article - Maura Grunlund- Staten Island Advance

Welcome to Egan's Church Furnishings & Restorations

02 Nov 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations is a family owned business, dedicated to helping you repair, restore or build your church or worship site. We offer numerous products and services to assist you with your building project. With Fontanini nativity and Demetz nativity scenes, you can have your church ready for the holidays. Hand Carved Marble statues and bonded marble statues are also available direct from Italy.

If it is church restorations and refurbishing that you need. At Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations we are experts. Some of the areas in which we can help are:

New energy efficient window frames-- Stained glass windows-- Stained glass Repair-- Window frame repair-- Interior painting-- Exterior painting-- Chancel furniture-- Church Pew refinishing and more.

Contact us for more information on getting your church ready for the holidays.


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