For churches or even residential areas, stained glass—or leadlight glass—can add a touch of personality and quality décor to any home. For centuries, stained glass has added awe and inspiration in even the most ordinary of buildings. There is a quiet peace and relaxing atmosphere in the softly muted colours lighting up a building on a warm afternoon. Due to their beauty and long history, stained glass is easy to find and install wherever you choose.
The Difference Between Stained Glass and Leaded Glass
“Stained glass” and “leaded glass” are two terms that are often used interchangeably, although there is a slight difference between the two.
- Stained glass refers to glass that is coloured with a traditional stain paint, then fired to fuse with the glass and create colour.
- Leaded glass has a small amount of lead in the mixture. It can be coloured or clear.
Either one adds a lovely aesthetic to your home.
Buying Leaded or Stained Glass
When purchasing glass, it is important to find a company that will also work with repairs. Although leadlight glass is durable—after all, it has been around since the medieval ages!—there are still issues that can arise and it is always good to be prepared. Luckily in NSW, it is easy to find beautiful leadlight glass in Sydney. Many companies will work with you to create a custom piece that truly adds a unique and awe-inspiring element to your home.
Protecting Your Glass
As there are always concerns with glass, be sure that when you install your leadlight or stained glass that you choose the right area. It’s best to have your glass in a quieter area, where there is less chance of an accident from a neighbour or passer-by.
There is also the option of reinforcing if you do have your stained glass in a public place. Installing your leadlight against a piece of tougher glass can create a good barrier and add an extra layer of protection at the same time.
Doors can be a tricky area. While they are a beautiful place to display your glasswork, they also are frequently used. If you live with younger children, there is always the chance of an accidental door slam. This can be dangerous to your glass. In this case, consider adding a mechanism to your door that will slow it down before it can slam shut too forcefully.