Frequently Asked Questions

How much is my stained glass worth?

Associated Crafts can provide you with a full appraisal service that will give you a replacement cost of each window. This is very important in case of catastrophic loss. We provide this service at no cost (for churches only) as long as the church is willing to provide us with photos and sizes of each window. Associated Crafts strongly recommends that you download our free manual to learn how to document your stained glass windows.

How do I know my windows are in need of repair?

Some indicators are if you see any broken or cracked glass or if you look at the window from the inside, you see daylight coming through the frame or glass. Other signs that your windows are in need of repair are if you see any bowing or bulging of the stained glass or if the exterior of the windows are not covered. These are a few of the many possible problems. Give us a call and talk to one of our consultants – they can help you understand the condition of your windows. You can also download a free copy of our informative manual, ‘Preserving Your Stained Glass Windows'


Why do we need a stained glass company to install the protective storm covering?

While many glass houses or contractors may be able to install protective coverings, it requires the knowledge of a stained glass expert to properly understand the types of covering and sealant to use in the installation of storm covering over stained glass windows. Incorrect storm covering installation over a stained glass can cause more damage than good.


What type of covering should be used on our stained glass windows?

This depends on the particular installation and the obstacles the particular project may present. Our consultants will provide you with different options and present their pros and cons to help you make an educated choice.

Do our windows need to be re-leaded?

Associated Crafts consultants will perform some simple tests to determine the level of lead deterioration. The consultant will explain the options available for repair so that you can completely understand the windows condition. The consultant will work with you to help you select a proper scope of work for your projects specific needs and budget. Read article on Maintaining Stained Glass Windows.

Can you perform repairs on-site?

Associated Crafts craftsman are trained in both on-site repairs as well as in-studio restoration.

Do we need to have services in another building during the work?

No, we will work around your services and activities. We only ask that you advise us of your schedule.

Can you help us with a budget?

Yes, we will prepare a proper quote for your project so you know exactly what it will cost to do the project correctly. We can even break the project into phases to help fit your budget. Associated Crafts can also provide some in-house financing as well as provide you with recommended names of church financing experts.

Can you help us with our fund-raising?

Yes, we can! Our consultants have many proven methods to help your church generate funding for your restoration and new stained glass projects. Associated Crafts can also connect you with professional fund-raising services that specialize in helping churches.

Do you work in our area?

We work nationwide and have strategically located facilities to better serve our clients.

Do you work on small churches?

Yes, we serve all churches.

How long have you been doing stained glass?

Our founder, John Phillips, Jr., first started working in the stained glass industry with his father in 1980.

Do you work on houses?

No, Associated Crafts is set up only to work on commercial buildings such as churches, libraries, courthouses and other public buildings. While we would like to be able to assist residential customers, it is cost prohibitive at this time.

What does it cost for an on-site inspection?

There is no cost for an inspection from one of our highly trained consultants. We only ask that those who contact us are truly serious about their church's stained glass project. Our consultants take pride in their work and provide each church client with the utmost attention and education.

What training do your consultants receive?

Each consultant starts out with many hours of classroom study to understand the terms and jargon of the art. Once the classroom section is completed, each consultant will travel and work with each and every consultant in the company to learn from each. Upon completion of the first two steps, each consultant is then required to work with a project manager on each type of project in the field as well as the studio before being allowed to meet with their own clients. After full training, each consultant's work and inspections are reviewed by the company's owners thus insuring our clients receive the best possible scope of work available for their project.

Do you guarantee your work?

Absolutely! We provide a 10-year guarantee against any defective workmanship.

How much does it cost to repair our stained glass windows?

Our trained consultants will work with you and your committee to design a scope of work and plan to fit your church's budget. Associated Crafts will provide you with a turnkey quote for any work.

What is Acrylic?


1/4 inch thick polyacrylic glazing sheet. Acrylic is 60 times more break-resistant than glass of the same thickness.

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