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How Much Does it Cost to Install Stained Glass?

Stained Glass Window Prices

Stained glass was popularized by the Catholic Church, which around the 12th century began using the colored windows to artistically depict scenes from the Bible. Although you're still most likely to see them used in churches and cathedrals, stained glass windows can also be installed in homes. Premade or custom made glass mosaics are available to fit any window size, and if you have a fondness for religious relics, you might even be able to salvage an old window from a church. Stained glass, furthermore, isn't strictly for windows. Use it for cabinets, shower doors, slider doors, custom mirrors, privacy screens, or any other area of the home where you want to add beauty and character.

Stained Glass Window Price Considerations

Installing stained glass is a specialty project and, as such, it can be quite pricey, especially if you are having a mosaic hand-crafted by an artisan for a larger window. Still, if you have your heart set on this unique architectural feature, stained glass doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive. Below is a list of factors that affect the cost of stained glass windows. Take them into account in order to find a window that meets your budget.

  • It's possible to purchase premade stained glass in stores or over the internet. While these factory-made units cost less, selection is limited to what's on the shelf.
  • Having a custom image designed from scratch will raise costs. It's generally cheaper to approach an artist or design studio after you've got an image picked out, whether it's based an existing stained glass window, a photograph, or a popular image (such as a painting).
  • Designs that encompass numerous shapes, curves, and colors require more labor to create and therefore cost significantly more than simpler designs.
  • The color, as well as the quality, of the glass affects price. Red, pink, and yellow, are more expensive colors; use them sparingly to cut costs. Handmade or exotic glass can be substituted for lower-cost standard glass.
  • Other materials, including copper foil and solder, are used to make stained glass. Larger, more complex windows require more of these materials.
  • Stained glass window installation costs extra; how much extra depends on window size and whether the stained glass can fit over the existing window. Resizing a window or installing a frame that accommodate the stained glass will be considerably more expensive than fitting stained glass over an existing window.
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Stained Glass Costs

  • Premade stained glass panels start at around $150 to $200 and could cost as much as $5,000 to $10,000 or more depending on the size of the window and the complexity of the design.
  • Custom made stained glass generally costs $100 to $300 per square foot, although prices of $500 to $1,000 per square foot aren't unheard of.
  • You might be able to purchase old stained glass from churches at a salvage yard for $100 to $3,000.
  • Some artisans might charge a minimum of $1,000 for custom stained glass.
  • Installation of stained glass starts at approximately $50. The cheapest option involves attaching the stained glass over the existing window with silicone sealer. More expensive is building a wooden frame for the stained glass inside of the window. Resizing a window or building an entirely new frame are the most expensive installation options.

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