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5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Decatur, IL

You love the historic style 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 boost 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 preserve 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 keep your home in prime condition throughout the renovation process, and they’ll leave you with amazing results.
  2. Prepare for delays in your schedule. If you’ve worked around 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 discover an unexpected problem, or the workers might need to take additional 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 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.
  4. Keep as much original woodwork as possible. We know it’s not always possible, but woodwork is a defining trait 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. 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 Decatur, 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. Get in touch with our Pella Showroom in Decatur for details.

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