5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Wilmington, North Carolina

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You want to keep the historic design of your home, but you need 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 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 help ensure your home stays in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with beautiful work that functions properly.
  2. Account for delays in your schedule. If you’ve worked around 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 discover an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take extra care to protect certain components integral to your traditional 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 parts 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.
  4. Restore 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 home’s original wood may only need a little care – not a full replacement.
  5. Use products that complement the home’s original style. Depending on how well the home’s been taken care of, a full window replacement may be necessary during your renovation. 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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington for details.