Repair or replacement is the main dilemma people have when they have problems with distorted or broken leaded lights. These issues can lead to water damage and/ or extreme draughts.
The problem with leaded windows is that unless the damage is slight or localised it is not something that can be easily repaired by an average DIY enthusiast but a specialist glazier can temporary glaze and re-lead the whole panel, as new.
If your property Grade I or II (and II*) listed then repairs on-site or in a workshop are the only viable option normally. In this scenario draughts are solved using Secondary Glazing – which has added benefits such as extra security and significant noise reduction.
Where replacement is an option there are a few modern alternatives such as aluminium windows, double glazed timber or even uPVC windows. There are two main things to consider with replacement; cost and visual appeal.
Appearance is crucial as double glazing with stick on lead just cannot replicate the unique shimmering effect and vitality of a traditional leaded light.
Our advice would be to do your research, talk to friends or people who have similar property and view examples of what can be done. If you would like to discuss the options available, please contact Craft Glass who specialise in working with leaded panels.