You want to keep the historic style of your home, but you need some of the modern conveniences found in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice to boost the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and maintain your home’s style. Consider these 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 upgrades that look great and work great the first time.
- Account for delays in your schedule. If you’ve worked around a large-scale construction project before, you know how often the work gets 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 worth it in the end.
- Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic parts and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely worked out an estimated cost, consider how unexpected costs could arise, and they might contribute to a more elegant home and less need for additional work soon after the renovation is completed.
- Restore as much original woodwork as possible. We know might not be possible, but woodwork is a key characteristic of historic homes, not to mention how beautiful 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. Sometimes you will need to do a full replacement when renovating windows in historic homes. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the wood windows you buy today have additional protection against the elements. Additionally, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local specialist in Portsmouth, you should be well on your way to an elegantly 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 Portsmouth for details.