You enjoy 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 increase 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 stay true to 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 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 worked around a large-scale construction project before, you know how commonly 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 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 worthwhile 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 determined an estimated cost, understand 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 it’s not always possible, but woodwork is a defining trait 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 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 products 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 specialist in Northern Virginia, 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 Northern Virginia for details.