Owners of historic homes know both the joys and the complications of living in an older home. They enjoy the wonderful character and details of a beautiful historic home, but upkeep and improvements can be quite a challenge – especially when it comes to replacing windows. Over the course of time, older windows can wear down and as a result, energy bills skyrocket and they even place homeowners at risk with malfunctioning locks or opening mechanisms. To protect their investment, historic homeowners must take steps to make their homes as energy efficient and safe as possible with replacement windows. Here’s a quick look at the challenges and benefits of replacing windows in an older home.
Naturally, one of the biggest concerns of historic homeowners is matching the look of old windows with replacement windows. Many old widows are structured in beautiful shapes and irregular sizes – modern for their time, but often different from today’s standards. They are typically made of wood and provide a timeless, vintage look to the overall appearance of the home.
Replacing these windows means finding a window that is not only the right shape and size, but also made of a material that appears vintage or antique. Today’s vinyl replacement windows from Wilson's Home Improvement can be customized to match the outside architecture and aesthetic elements of the home, protecting the historical appearance while adding much needed security and energy efficiency.
The most immediate benefit of replacing windows, especially those in an historic home, is the energy efficiency and subsequent savings. Window technology has significantly evolved over the past 50 years, from the materials used in construction to installation methods. New windows seal properly, maintain a cushion of air between indoor and outdoor temperatures, and are extremely easy to clean. Homeowners report an immediate difference in atmosphere and in dust reduction when they install new windows.
Beyond the elements of comfort and convenience, replacing the windows in a historic home can have significant tax benefits. Most windows today are Energy Star certified, which means they are likely eligible for deductions on a federal income tax return. Historic homeowners will want to pay attention to a couple of significant terms: U-Factor (the window’s heat-conducting abilities) and R-value (how well a window insulates). Owners of older homes should look for a lower U-factor and a higher R-value.
Vinyl replacement windows for historic homes have the benefit of both retaining the home’s historic look while providing modern convenience and savings. Homeowners needing to make updates should educate themselves on the challenges and the benefits of old window replacement. If you have questions about replacing the windows in your older home, or would like a free estimate, contact Wilson's Home Improvement today!