If you have an historic home, you know the rewards are plentiful. Not only does your house capture an iconic moment in time, it can serve as a timeless reminder of our country’s past. If you are honored to be the owner of such a home, though, you have a great responsibility to maintain its historic integrity.
This is even more critical when you need to replace exterior elements like windows. Your preferences aren’t the only thing at stake. Keep in mind, there can be restrictions placed on a home in a designated historic district that dictate the materials and colors you choose.
Finding the right replacement windows for historic homes can certainly be a challenge, but there are many options that will ensure beautiful results.
Repair or Replace?
Your first decision is to find out whether you can get away with a repair or if you have to replace the whole window. Consider these three factors:
- Is the labor and maintenance required on your old windows worth your time?
- Are the old windows causing your energy bills to spike?
- What shape are your windows in, appearance-wise? Broken panes, gaps between the house and frame, and peeling paint will all detract from the beauty of your home.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a replacement may be best.
Historic Society Requirements
Many towns and districts have laws on the books restricting the types of materials and colors that can be incorporated into the exterior of homes. Many times, they require homeowners to replace their windows with a historically-accurate product. This could mean you can’t use composite materials. It could also mean that the replacement window must have the same 12-over-12 or six-over-six pane pattern that the original window featured, for example.
Rescom Exteriors’ Bristol windows show you just how beautiful brand new windows can be and how they can maintain the historic look of your home, allowing you to stay within the limits of local historic ordinances. Our windows come in many styles, from casement and double hung to bay and bow. We even have specialty and custom windows, which are common features in older homes.
Today’s replacement windows can combine modern conveniences with historical authenticity, with a vinyl trim that can mimic the look of wood. Authentic hardware can put the finishing touch on your historic windows. While your historically-accurate new windows will offer the look of an old window, it will offer new features too, such as double or triple pane glass, Low-E coatings and more. This will provide that added layer of energy efficiency to your home. Who says because it’s old that it has to be drafty and inefficient?
Owning a historic home means choosing the right replacement windows can pose a challenge. But when you partner with Rescom Exteriors, you know we have many years of experience replacing vintage windows to maintain the historic integrity of your home.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
For more suggestions on how to replace windows in your historic home throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, just contact us today. We would be happy to assist.