5 Tips for Renovating Windows in a Historic Home in Newport, Rhode Island

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You love 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 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 maintain 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 make sure your home stays 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 been a part of 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 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. Renovations can involve keeping or restoring historic components and making accommodations for modern life. While you’ve likely figured out 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. Maintain as much original woodwork as possible. We know might not be possible, but woodwork is a key 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 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. Unfortunately, when renovating windows in historic homes, some elements will inevitably need a full replacement. Pella wood replacement windows can complement the style of your original wood windows, but the ones you buy today have better 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 professionals in Newport, 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. Get in touch with our Pella Showroom in Newport for details.