As a pastor, deacon, or church administrator, you’re probably wondering how you can cover repairs to the church without cutting corners. Happily, it’s possible to save money and still get a result that pleases you, God, and the congregation.
Let’s explore some cost-effective ways to cover those much-needed church repairs and build a sanctuary that lasts.
1. Prepare for Repairs
Managing minor repairs in the church will help save money, like patching holes in the walls and fixing running toilets. Try to maintain the building to prevent as many repairs as possible, like routinely checking for fire hazards to ensure safety. When preparing for repairs, remember that you are providing for a whole congregation.
Ensure there are no health hazards from repairs or renovation processes. Contractors use hazardous materials for installation and repairs, so ensure everyone is safe from chemicals during and after the operation. If you can, begin to build a budget that is solely for repairs. If you find yourself in a bind, some grants can help with some repairs.
2. Repair the Roof
The roof is one of the church’s most critical and expensive components. You can take preventive measures against damage by inspecting your roof, especially after rain, wind, or snowstorms. If the roof begins to leak, you can try to find the source of the leak yourself.
Some common causes of a leaking roof include ice dams, clogged gutters, missing or broken shingles, and cracked flashing. Contain the water from the leak by placing a bucket underneath the leak to prevent damage to your floors.
You can cover the leak with a tarp or a rubber sealant coating to stop the water from entering the church. Once you have contained or fixed the leak, you should call a professional to remediate the water damage and a public adjuster for insurance purposes. Preventive measures are essential because, the longer you wait, the more damage a faulty roof can cause. Don’t delay the inevitable replacement of the roof or vertical waterproofing for protection.
3. Upholstery for Pews
Church pew reupholstery can be very expensive, so ensure you stress the importance of care to the congregation when it comes to the pews. If you need new benches, you could consider re-upholstering to save some money. You could pay someone to repair damage to a pew or do it yourself. It might be time-consuming, but you could save the church so much money by taking on this project. Perhaps you could get volunteers from the church to help with the process.
Mention the need during service and ask if anyone wants to help reupholster the pews or donate money to fix them. You might be surprised by how many church members would like to pitch in their time or give funds. If you choose to reupholster the pews, there are a few ways you can tackle this job. You will need a measuring tape, foam lining, fabric, fabric scissors, and a staple gun.
4. Stained-Glass Window Maintenance
Stained-glass windows are a gorgeous building element revered in many churches. During construction, glass is a versatile and durable, yet finicky, building material. These windows have been around for centuries and can last forever if you know how to care for them. Glass doesn’t deteriorate easily, but it can fade and chip without proper preservation. Stained glass is pricey, so ensure you preserve this precious asset of the church to avoid costly repairs.
You can protect against vandalism, storms, and careless repair work by installing protective glazing. Glazing stained-glass windows not only protects the glass but can also help the insulation of the church and conserve energy. During other renovations to the church, you should remove stained-glass windows to protect them from damage. You should enlist professionals to restore and repair stained glass, but you can do your part to ensure they are safe and maintained with extreme care.
Ways to Cover Repairs to Your Church
Hiring maintenance personnel and taking on small repair projects can save pastors significant money. Conserving energy and ensuring the building is as energy efficient as possible can also save the congregation money. Many factors go into running a church, and routine maintenance and repairs can be costly burdens. Utilize these tips to save where you can and continue sharing the Good News.