You love 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 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 our 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 keep your home in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with beautiful work that functions properly.
- 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 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 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 elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured out an estimated cost, recognize 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 defining trait 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. Unfortunately, when renovating windows in historic homes, some elements will inevitably need a full replacement. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the ones you buy today have additional 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 Indianapolis, 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 Indianapolis for details.