Damage to leadllights generally comes in one or both of the following forms:
Broken glass in leadlights can be readily repaired. In most instances the broken panel will need to be removed from its frame and taken to our studio for repair. Occasionally, if the panel is too large or difficult to remove, we may choose to repair it in situ, rather than risk doing further damage.
Wear & Tear
A well designed and constructed leadlight will last more than a century without requiring any attention.
Lead and solder will, however, oxidise slowly if exposed to the weather over a long period. Given, that many leadlights in Adelaide homes are nearly 100 years old, it's not surprising that some are showing signs of their age.
Deterioration of the lead will show itself through cracking at intersections or solder joints. Once this occurs the panel will lose its rigidity, which will in turn cause more cracking, and so on. This sort of damage is mostly found in older door panels where regular movement has encouraged the cracking.
Once damage to the lead is advanced, the leadlight will need to be dismantled and rebuilt with new lead. This will return the leadlight to better than new condition.
Poorly designed or constructed leadlights may suffer damage at a much earlier stage. When rebuilding these panels we will often recommend inclusion of reinforcement or double glazing to ensure a long life.