A quick guide to stained glass pricing

restored Art Nouveau-style transom from Chicago

Learn how to save money on your stained glass project with this quick pricing guide

Price of stained glass related to design complexity
The price of a stained glass panel varies widely – mainly depending on the complexity of the design

Ordering stained glass is not like purchasing a TV or a washing machine – there are no fixed prices and no way to easily compare the cost – see this post for full details on how to commission a stained glass panel.
Many stained glass companies will give you a total price without a breakdown of the project costs but at Artistry in Glass, we pride ourselves on straightforward and transparent pricing. By doing so, we make sure that the customer understands the factors that determine our costs.

Typical cost breakdown of a stained glass commission

Setup/design charges

Artwork/design time is billed at $50.00 per hour and typical costs are $50.00 to $100.00. Complex, custom designs may cost more especially if the customer cannot make up his mind.
Money-saving strategy: save artwork charges by choosing a design from our catalog. We can modify existing designs to fit your panel size.

Color choice charges

The choice of glass color or texture is a very important part of every stained glass project. At Artistry in Glass, the first color discussion is free but prolonged consultation time is charged at $50.00 per hour. Prices will increase if you insist on a color that is difficult or expensive to obtain.

Money-saving strategy: save color consultation charges by following the recommendations of the experts at Artistry in Glass. Remember, we have been designing stained glass for more than 30 years.

Trip/measuring charge

Trip charge to the customer’s residence to measure the window and to decide and advise on the installation method. The cost is $50.00 per hour and the typical cost for a Tucson customer is $50.00 – $100.00. The cost increases for longer travel distances like Saddlebrooke, Vail, Sahuarita and Green Valley.

Money-saving strategy: save trip charges by measuring your window yourself. Any reasonably handy or intelligent person can use a tape measure but remember that you will be responsible if your window does not fit.

Stained Glass fabrication charges

The cost of building a stained glass panel is made up of the cost of materials and the cost of labor.

Materials costs

The cost of glass + metals (lead/zinc/solder) is normally on the order of $10.00 to $15.00 per square foot. Extras charges will apply for custom bevels, glass jewels, and for processes like sandblasting and, painting.

Money-saving strategy: save materials cost by choosing inexpensive colored or textured glass.

Stained glass labor costs

Artistry in Glass charges a very reasonable $50.00 per hour for the labor involved in building a stained glass panel and typical costs are $20.00 to $200.00 per sq ft depending on the number pieces and the shapes of the pieces (straight or curved).

Money-saving strategy: reduce square foot labor charges by choosing a design with straight-line rather than curved pieces.

Delivery and installation charges

Delivery and installation is charged at $50.00 per man-hour. Some projects require two installers and typical costs are $100.00 – $250.00 depending on the location (distance from Artistry in Glass) and the difficulty of the install.

Money-saving strategy: eliminate installation charges by installing the panel yourself. Any reasonably handy person can install a stained glass panel and Artistry in Glass can give you all the instructions that you need. The trick is: not to be afraid!