To Repair or Remove? A Closer Look at Repairing Stained Glass for Historical Homes in Fort Worth

To Repair or Remove? A Closer Look at Repairing Stained Glass for Historical Homes in Fort Worth

Here in Fort Worth has a lot of homes from the early part of the 20th century. One thing decor element many of these homes have in common is historical stained glass windows–which were prevalent at that time. If your Fort Worth home was built before 1920 your stained glass is antique and likely needs restoration. People who own historic homes often ask us if they should repair or remove this type of deteriorating historical glass. That is a personal decision based on their tastes and budget. However, below we have provided some guidance on why restoration may be the best idea. 

The Key Benefit Of Restoring Stained Glass

We like to say the best reason for restoring stained glass rather than removing because historical glass has great value and this value is three-fold.

Antique Stained Glass Has Historical Value

The early 1900s were a time of great change here in the US–, especially in the west. Built-in an era of progress and changing tastes, stained glass windows here in Texas are therefore historically significant. While this may not translate directly into money– you can’t put a price on preserving a bygone era. Making historical windows in Fort Worth prime candidates to restore for posterity’s sake.

Vintage Stained Glass Adds Resale Value

Another value that stained glass has is that it will add value to your home when you go to sell. In fact, stained glass windows are known to appraise for 10x to 20x more than new ones. So keeping these windows intact and in good repair, rather than replacing them, is a very good idea to increase the resale value of your home. Furthermore, homes with stained glass simply sell faster. 

Antique Stained Glass Could Have Monetary Value

Actual monetary value is, of course, another value stained glass brings to the table. If your Fort Worth home’s windows are very old (over 100 years) they are antiques, in which case they may be worth restoring rather than replacing. Likewise, some stained glass windows in the Fort Worth area may have been made by famous artisans or studios. In cases like these, restoring them is essential. The only way to find out if these windows have value is by having an assessment by a professional. They will be able to identify artist signatures, materials and give you an estimated value. However, even if there is no significant monetary value, the aforementioned values are often reasons to have your home stained glass restored in lieu of replaced.

For more information on stained glass restoration here in Fort Worth or to schedule an assessment, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!


Martin Faith has dedicated his life's career to the study, preservation, and exploration of one of the world's most beautiful and rare forms of art. For the past 30 years, he has been running his stained glass studio based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Martin's company specializes in an array of stained glass styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, including Mackintosh, Greene & Greene, art nouveau, art deco, prairie, beveled glass, and religious. He has personally overseen numerous restorations for churches during which rare and valuable glass was saved from extinction. Over the years, he and his team have produced over 50,000 stained and leaded glass windows for homes, churches, and buildings in Fort Worth and throughout the continental U.S.

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