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5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Plattsburgh, NY

You love the historic look and feel of your home, but you want some of the modern conveniences offered in newer homes. For example, it’d be nice 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 our 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 been a part of a large-scale construction project before, you know how often the work gets behind. It’s possible that could happen with a large-scale window renovation on your historic home. 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 this style of home. Be patient – it will be beautiful 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, 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. Restore as much original woodwork as possible. We know sometimes this isn't possible, but woodwork is a defining trait 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 home’s original wood 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. Plus, many of our windows with triple-pane glass are ENERGY STAR® certified.

With these tips and a consultation from your local professionals in Plattsburgh, 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. Call our Pella Showroom in Plattsburgh for details.

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