You want to keep the historic design of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences that are present 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 stay true to your home’s style. Consider our 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 upgrades that look great and work great the first time.
- Prepare for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been involved in a large-scale construction project before, you know how often 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 run into 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. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic components 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.
- Maintain as much original woodwork as possible. We know might not be 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 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 specialist in Lewes, 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 Lewes for details.