Even as interior design elements have steadily become distinguished by modern elements, what may be considered as old touches still have a mainstay in modernist interior design. One such feature that has been around for centuries but still adds a charming, vintage feel to any home is stained glass. Generally speaking, two main types of stained glass are used. The first is cathedral glass, which is characterised by being transparent.
Cathedral glass can either be entirely smooth or have one textured side. The second option is the opalescent glass, which is opaque and comes in both textured and non-textured varieties. Both these steps of stained glass are available in every colour under the sun so you can customise your stained glass to your heart's desire. If you are deliberating on the installation of stained glass in your home, here are two techniques you could elect to use.
This technique is one of the most popular installation options since it is highly convenient for amateurs and professionals alike. As the name suggests, the stained glass is bonded directly to pre-existing windows or glass panels. This process is usually facilitated via the use of bonding tape. Once the stained glass is in position, the edges are caulked in place to keep it from falling over. The caulking also works to prevent grime, dust and other foreign particles from accumulating between the stained glass and the panel is has been attached to.
A few of the benefits of choosing bonding as your preferred installation technique include quick installation time, increased insulation of your windows as well as a decreased risk of damage to your windows.
On some occasions, you may find that bonding may not be an appropriate technique for your stained glass installation. Alternatively, you may just not like the aesthetic of bonded stained glass. Another method that you can choose is the triple pane technique. This form of installation entails the placement of the stained glass between two pre-existing glass panels. After the stained glass is perfectly in place, the triple pane is then secured where you want the stained glass to be installed.
There are a couple of pros of opting for the triple pane technique of stained glass installation. Firstly, this method allows for hassle-free cleaning since the stained glass is already protected from grime by the plain glass panels. Secondly, this installation method is perfect for wet areas, such as a shower enclosure. The glass panels remain sealed, which prevents moisture seeping into the stained glass.