You love the historic look and feel of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences offered in newer homes. For instance, it’d be nice to increase the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and stay true to your home’s style. Consider our five tips before renovating windows in a historic home.
- Work with an expert. From window and door experts to plumbers, electricians and other woodworking contractors, professionals will keep your home in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with beautiful work that functions properly.
- Plan for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been involved in a large-scale construction project before, you know how often the work gets behind. It’s possible that could happen with a large-scale window renovation on your historic home. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could run into an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take extra 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. It involves keeping or restoring historic components and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured out an estimated cost, understand that 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.
- Maintain as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a common characteristic of historic homes, not to mention how great it looks with just a little sanding and buffing. Whether it’s window frames or decorative wooden elements around the windows, much of the home’s original wood may only need a little care – not a full replacement.
- Use products that complement the home’s original style. Unfortunately, when renovating windows in historic homes, some elements will inevitably need a full replacement. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the wood windows you buy today have better protection against the elements. In addition, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local specialist in Boston, you should be well on your way to a wonderfully 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 Boston for details.