5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Grand Rapids, MI

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You love the historic look and feel of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences found in newer homes. For us, the first thing that comes to mind is how nice it would be 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 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 amazing results.
  2. Plan 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. The same may be true for your historic home’s window renovation. Why? Because you (or the professionals working on the project) could discover an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take special care to protect certain components integral to this style of 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 elements and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely determined an estimated cost, understand 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 common 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 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. Sometimes you will need to do a full replacement when renovating windows in historic homes. 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. Additionally, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.

With these tips and a consultation from your local experts in Grand Rapids, 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. Call our Pella Showroom in Grand Rapids for details.