Older homes pose more problems than new ones, especially when it comes to window replacement. In an older home, the existing windows were likely installed decades ago, when energy efficiency was not considered important. They also tend to be odd sizes, often larger than today’s more compact models. And of course, they’re not easy to maintain – not even close to today’s windows, many of which tilt in or swing out for easy cleaning.
Many times, there are issues with the structure, which is why you want a window contractor that is skilled at handling these issues. Rescom Exteriors brings the experience necessary to perform this work.
In any case, replacing windows in an older or historic home poses its own challenges. Rather than throwing modern windows in the old frames, there are many factors that have to be taken into account, according to Old House Web:
- Pattern of openings and their sizes
- Proportions of the frame and sash
- Configuration of window panes
- Characteristics of glass
- Details such as arched tops, hoods and other decorative elements
A window contractor should have a good understanding of how each window reflects the period, in the case of historic homes, as well as any regional characteristics, and how everything will blend with modern advances.
There are many challenges that come with older windows, such as:
Not enough insulation: Because many older windows are single paned, loss of heat and air conditioning is a persistent problem. This can drive up energy costs, even with the repeated addition of weather stripping and window films. Today’s double pane, low e glass and other window features can solve the energy inefficiency problem.
Wood windows: Older homes are notorious for their wood frames. This doesn’t mean they always have to be completely replaced, especially if they’re not rotted. But it takes a certain level of skill to put in new windows with an existing wooden frame, especially if there are decorative accents to work around.
Specialty sizes: Older homes often feature decorative accents that you don’t see today. The same is true for the varying sizes and shapes of windows. Sometimes, a traditional window shape, size or style doesn’t quite fit so you need a custom-fit specialty replacement window instead. This is necessary when the physical constraints of the home don’t match traditional window shapes or sizes.
Owners of older homes shouldn’t settle for just any window contractor. Rely on Rescom’s team that has vast experience replacing windows in older homes.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If you have an older home and are ready to replace the windows, we welcome you to call Rescom Exteriors for a consultation and free quote at 508-832-5202. In the meantime, check out our Special Offers.