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I live in a victorian home with stained glass on all doors and most windows. Son slammed door and glass shattered. I was thrilked to see it was a clear pane over my stained glass. I thought I needed to get it replaced for safety of door but now I'm not sure. Do stained glass doors need a clear pane? It seems to be inserted well in door. I'm just scared and broken glass still in place other than a few pieces that fell.No repair places have gotten back to me anyway.

There is a general perception that the extra measure of covering leaded/stained glass inserts or windows with a sheet of clear glass is necessary for the protection of the art glass work.
In some cases, this is beneficial for an exterior door panel that  could be damaged by a stone thrown up by a lawnmower or edge trimmer. A tempered glass panel on the outside becomes the sacrificial lamb, so to speak, that takes the damage and protects the art glass. I will agree with a separate piece of glass, but inserting leaded glass into an insulated glass panel is, in  my experience not justified and should not be done. It is ultimately detrimental to the art glass; for  reasons not readily explained in this discussion.

The clear glass will cause reflections that detract from the visual effects of the stained glass. Likely the expense will exceed the potential cost of repairing the leaded glass in the overall unlikely event that there is damage to it in the first place. Yours appears to be of some historical value and the clear glass will, as noted above, detract from the visual impact of what the art glass was intended for in the first place.

So then, to make a long story short, the answer to your question is, "No, you do not need the extra pane of glass." A qualifier here is whether or not your leaded glass  is properly braced to prevent it from flexing as the door is repeatedly opened and closed in the day to day entering and exiting the home. If it does not have this, this would be a priority over replacing the broken clear glass. Any competent stained glass studio can take care of this.

Good luck. I hope this addresses your concern. IF not, further questions through AllExperts are welcome.

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Over forty years experience in a wide range of techniques that include "stained glass", wood working and metal fabrication. Have worked from my own full service studio since 1977. Many major residential, commercial and religious installations from Charlottesville, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego California as well as much of the State of Texas

Professional Affiliate,Certified Trainer, and Preferred Provider for the American Institute of Architects, AIA, Dallas, Texas. I have served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Visual Arts Association

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Texas, Tyler. Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton. Just a few hours short of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
Many first place and best of show awards in both stained glass and fine arts competitions. Steady commission work for the past ten years has obviated any recent competitive activity.

Past/Present Clients
Most recent major commissions are for American Airlines CR Smith Museum; JFK Airport Terminal 8 stained glass; TXU Energy Plaza Thor stained glass. The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Dallas and and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas

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