You love the historic style of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences that are present in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice to increase the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save 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 specialists to plumbers, electricians and other woodworking contractors, professionals will help ensure 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.
- Account 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. The same may be true for your historic home’s window renovation. 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 your historic home. Be patient – it will be beautiful 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 elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured 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 sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a common 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 home’s original wood 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 windows you buy today have increased 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 professionals in Binghamton, you should be well on your way to a beautifully 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 Binghamton for details.