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

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You love the historic design of your home, but you would like some of the modern conveniences that are present in newer homes. For instance, it’d be nice to maximize the energy efficiency of your windows so you can save on your energy bills. Luckily, you can have some of these conveniences and stay true to your home’s style. Consider these 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 keep your home 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 worked around a large-scale construction project before, you know how often 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 run into 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 worth it in the end.
  3. Have a flexible budget. Renovating windows in a historic home is worth the investment. It involves keeping or restoring historic components 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 might not be possible, but woodwork is a common characteristic of historic homes, not to mention how fresh it looks with just a little sanding and buffing. Whether it’s window frames or decorative wooden elements around the windows, much of the original wood inside your 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 wood products 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 Champaign, 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 Champaign for details.