SGO or Stained Glass Overlay

Castle Studio first and foremost is an architectural stained glass studio. In recent years, an art form called Stained Glass Overlay, aka: SGO, emerged, which is not actually stained glass at all. It is an art form that combines multiple materials such as tempered glass, layered polyester film, lead tape, and sometimes applied jewels and bevels to simulate real stained glass.

The finished product looks and feels much like traditional stained glass. The product is lightweight, seamless, air tight, water tight, and contains ultraviolet inhibitors to protect from fading.

SGO is, however, sometimes an appropriate alternative to real stained glass when a code restriction is in play. Because the base element of SGO is tempered glass, it will conform to safety concerns and building codes.

A simple lead tape design on clear tempered glass is our preference for artistic direction because it appears more realistic to authentic stained glass. We are happy to provide color options as well if the client prefers, but can only offer a 15 year warranty on color fade, unlike real colored glass, which will never fade.

Typical applications of stained glass overlay include:

  • Bathroom privacy windows
  • Stained glass transom alternative
  • Entryways
  • Cabinet doors
  • Shower doors
  • Divider panels
  • Domes and ceiling panels
  • Wall tops and signage
  • Office lobbies
  • Casinos and hotels
  • Church windows
  • Chapels and funeral homes
  • And more!

Stained Glass Overlay panels are easy to clean, requiring nothing more than normal window cleaning solutions and a soft cloth.