You love 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 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 maintain 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 beautiful work that functions properly.
- Plan 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. The same may be true for your historic home’s window renovation. 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 your traditional home. Be patient – it will be worthwhile 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 worked 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 sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a key characteristic 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 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 St. Paul, 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. Contact our Pella Showroom in St. Paul for details.