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5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Westerly, Rhode Island

You enjoy the historic style of your home, but you need some of the modern conveniences found in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice to increase 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 preserve your home’s style. Consider our five tips before renovating windows in a historic home.

  1. 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.
  2. Plan for delays in your schedule. If you’ve been a part of a large-scale construction project before, you know how commonly 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 special 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. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic components and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely worked 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.
  4. 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 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 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 specialist in Westerly, 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 Westerly for details.

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