You want to keep the historic style of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences found in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice to maximize the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save some money 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 keep your home in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with amazing results.
- 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. Unforseen setbacks are a possibility in historic home window renovations. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could discover an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take special care to protect certain components integral to this style of 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. This kind of project involves keeping or restoring historic parts and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely worked 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.
- Maintain as much original woodwork as possible. We know might not be 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 original wood inside your home 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 products 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 Hunt Valley, 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. Contact our Pella Showroom in Hunt Valley for details.