You love the historic design of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences that are present in newer homes. For us, the first thing that comes to mind is how nice it would be to boost the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and preserve 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 upgrades that look great and work great the first time.
- Plan for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been a part of 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 find an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take extra 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. It involves keeping or restoring historic components and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely determined an estimated cost, consider how unexpected costs could arise, and they might contribute to a more elegant home and less need for additional work soon after the renovation is completed.
- Keep 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 original wood inside your 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. Plus, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.
With these tips and a consultation from your local experts in Evansville, 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. Get in touch with our Pella Showroom in Evansville for details.