Stainless Steel Guards.
Art glass supply and install bespoke weldmesh stainless steel powder coated wire guards. Usually black or grey, each wire guard is individually shaped to fit the stone grove/frame. There is little change to the appearance of the building after the windows have been protected.
Powder-coated guards increase the durability of the installation and offers a longer life span than the galvanising process for the same ferrous metal. There is a real architectural advantage to the black finish of powder-coated guards. The outer surface of stained glass naturally has an overall black finish and so the guards to some extent ‘disappear’ this helps diminish the impact of the guard across the window.
All of our guards are made to fit within the tracery and fix to the stone joints to be as discrete as possible using none ferrous fixings. We use these to prevent rusting and to extend the life of the guards.
“The best form of wire guard in most circumstances is one made of stainless steel and powder-coated, or otherwise finished, in black”-The Church of England “care of churches” guidance notes.
Repair and Replace:
We have had to replace many old guards which have come to the end of their life span and become unsightly also some pre-existing metal guards have caused a problem of rusting where inappropriate fixings have been used. This rust has been shown to damage the Stone work. The damage can be irreversible, short of major stone work repairs.
Working closely with many church committees and architects to ensure a set a specification and custom made vandalism protection mechanism is put in place that is optimized to be unobtrusive, sustainable and reversible.
Further information on our comprehensive systems, and selection of protective glazing solutions, Contact us today.
- Perspex/ Polycarbonate to the exterior, to provide mechanical protection. However, over time, the Perspex can become discolored, it is a cheaper but less long term solution.