5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

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You enjoy the historic design 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 a little more 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.

  1. 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 amazing results.
  2. Account for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been involved in a large-scale construction project before, you know how commonly the work gets behind. It’s possible that could happen with a large-scale window renovation on your historic home. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could discover 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 worthwhile in the end.
  3. Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. This kind of project involves keeping or restoring historic components 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 elegant home and less need for additional work soon after the renovation is completed.
  4. Restore as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't 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 wood first used inside the home may only need a little care – not a full replacement.
  5. 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 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 professionals in North Carolina, 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 North Carolina for details.