You want to keep the historic look and feel of your home, but you would like some of the modern conveniences found in newer homes. For instance, it’d be nice to boost 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 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 worked around a large-scale construction project before, you know how commonly the work gets 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 additional care to protect certain components integral to your traditional home. Be patient – it will be beautiful in the end.
- Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. It involves keeping or restoring historic elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely worked out 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.
- Keep as much original woodwork as possible. We know might not be possible, but woodwork is a key characteristic 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. Depending on how well the home’s been taken care of, a full window replacement may be necessary during your renovation. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the wood windows you buy today have increased 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 experts in Danville, 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. Get in touch with our Pella Showroom in Danville for details.