You enjoy the historic look and feel of your home, but you would like some of the modern conveniences offered 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 maintain your home’s style. Consider these 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 keep your home 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 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 find an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take additional 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 parts and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured out 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.
- Maintain 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. 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 wood windows you buy today have better 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 Mankato, 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. Contact our Pella Showroom in Mankato for details.