You want to keep the historic design of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences that are present in newer homes. For us, the first thing that comes to mind is how nice it would be to boost the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save a little more on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and maintain your home’s style. Consider our five tips before renovating windows in a historic home.
- Work with an expert. From window and door specialists to plumbers, electricians and other woodworking contractors, professionals will help ensure your home stays in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with beautiful work that functions properly.
- Prepare for delays in your schedule. If you’ve worked around a large-scale construction project before, you know how easy it is to get behind. The same may be true for your historic home’s window renovation. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could find an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take special care to protect certain components integral to your historic home. Be patient – it will be worthwhile in the end.
- Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely determined an estimated cost, recognize that unexpected costs could arise, and they might contribute to a more stunning home and less need for additional work soon after the renovation is completed.
- Keep as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a defining trait of historic homes, not to mention how fresh it looks with just a little sanding and buffing. Whether it’s window frames or decorative wooden elements around the windows, much of the wood first used inside the home may only need a little care – not a full replacement.
- Use products that complement the home’s original style. Depending on how well the home’s been taken care of, a full window replacement may be necessary during your renovation. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the wood windows you buy today have increased protection against the elements. Plus, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local professionals in South Portland, you should be well on your way to a beautifully renovated home. If replacement windows or replacement doors are a part of your renovation project, we would be happy to help. Call our Pella Showroom in South Portland for details.