You love the historic style of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences offered 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 preserve your home’s style. Consider these 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 make sure 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 been involved in a large-scale construction project before, you know how easy it is to get behind. Unforseen setbacks are a possibility in historic home window renovations. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could find an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take additional 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 elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured out an estimated cost, recognize that unexpected costs could arise, and they might contribute to a more beautiful 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 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. In addition, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local experts in Winston-Salem, 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. Contact our Pella Showroom in Winston-Salem for details.