Top: Shows the stained glass window with yellowed haze Lexan® prior to the Bovard Studio renovation. Note how this simple grid design of the aluminum frame hides the beauty of the original triple lancet window frame and its tracery.
Bottom: Stained glass window with new vented plate glass protective covering using Bovard Studio aluminum protective covering extrusion bent to match the mullions and muntins of the original three lancets and tracery.
Your stained glass windows are an investment in the future and as such they
probably need an exterior protective covering. There is a real risk, however,
that the protective covering might damage the window if it is not properly
designed and installed for stained glass preservation. We will gladly provide
you with information or a written estimate for your project including
protective coverings when you contact us.
During the examination and restoration of many windows, we have frequently
witnessed the tragic consequences of poorly constructed protective coverings.
This led to our development of the highest levels of expertise in the design
and installation of exterior protective coverings.
It is essential that a properly vented protective covering is designed and
installed by a stained glass professional who understands all the hazards of
this little known craft. Bovard Studio has established substantial skill and
experience in the installation of exterior protective coverings for stained
Protective coverings have been widely used only within the last forty years.
Please do not assume that our competition knows the intricacies of these
products simply because they have been in the business longer or from
generation to generation. This knowledge takes experience and dedication. We
are here to share this knowledge with you.
We have learned that there is a critical distance between the stained glass and
the protective glazing. When this distance is too small the air space that it
defines cannot be properly ventilated. This results in condensation damage
caused by bacteria growing in the moist environment created by condensation.
The bacteria secrete acids which damage your stained glass lead cames and
window frames. Premature metal fatigue results from the exaggerated expansion
and contraction cycles caused by heat build up in the metal.
At Bovard Studio our many years and hundreds of installations have allowed us
to hone our skills and expertise in the installation of these exterior
protective coverings so that your precious artwork is protected.