You enjoy 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 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 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 upgrades that look great and work great the first time.
- Prepare for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been a part of a large-scale construction project before, you know how commonly 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 discover an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take additional care to protect certain components integral to this style of 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 figured out an estimated cost, consider how 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.
- Restore as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a key characteristic 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 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 products you buy today have better 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 professionals in Terre Haute, 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 Terre Haute for details.