How to Install Stained Glass Windows

When it comes to adding artistic flair to your home, you don't have to pay top dollar for an original Picasso, Da Vinci, Monet, or Van Gogh. For one thing, you could simply get a print for a lot less. But you might also consider installing some artistic touches that are a little outside the norm. And one great way to improve the look of your house is by adding stained glass windows.

When it's dark outside and the lights are on, you can look upon a finely crafted seascape, still-life, or floral arrangement (for example), and when the sunlight is shining in you'll not only have a beautifully illuminated piece of art; you'll also have an interior space painted in the colors that are being projected through the glass, creating even more visual interest in a room. So now that you're sold on the idea of turning your living room into Chartres by installing a replica rose window, perhaps you'd like to know how to go about getting it in.

In truth, making the stained glass window is much more difficult than installing it, but you will have to do a little planning before the window is even made. You'll first need to have to the artist come to your house to take accurate measurements of the space where the window will be installed. This way he can create a frame to ensure that the art-glass he creates will fit precisely with no gaps. He may need to come back to check that the frame fits correctly before he actually starts work on the window.

Stained glass window

Of course, you could always create a smaller piece of stained glass that will simply hang in the window, but if you want to cover a large piece of plate glass completely, for example, the best way is to install a frame inside of the existing window alcove. And in case you're considering removing a window and replacing it with stained glass, you may want to think again. This option can be incredibly pricy and the stained glass window will almost certainly offer less insulation and protection from the elements than say, your average New Jersey replacement windows.

Once your stained glass windows have been created, it's easy enough to install them by simply sliding them into place and nailing them into the existing framework (or using small shims to hold the glass in place if you don't want to mar the framework for the stained glass or for your home). But what should you do if you happen to find an already-made piece of stained glass? Or what if your existing window frame protrudes into the room instead of residing in a recessed alcove? In this case, you may be able to install it quite easily in the existing window frame provided they are the same size. If the dimensions of the stained glass window match the interior measurements of the frame, you could simply place it in the frame over the existing glass and secure it with a bead of clear caulk around the edge. It will stay in place and it can be easily removed later.