Historic homes can be great renovation projects, and very rewarding. There are many things that you can do with windows in your home. The improvements to windows can make an historic building energy efficient and reduce your utility bills. Keeping the historic look of windows is just as important as updating them to modern building standards. Here are some of the improvements that you may want to consider for the windows in your historic renovation project:
1. Repairing Wooden Sashes And Window Casing
Old window sashes are commonly made out of wood, which can have many different problems. Over the decades, wood can crack, rot and decay. This means that you may need to repair the damaged wood during the renovations. The best way to do this is do one window at a time and start with the sashes. With the sashes removed, you can sand the paint off and repair any damage to the window. While the sashes are out of the window, this is also a good time to do any repairs to the casing.
2. Replacing Broken Glass And Installing Window Film
The windows in your historic renovation project may also have broken glass. This glass will need to be replaced during the restoration process. If you plan on using single pane glass when repairing your windows, you can also add window films to make the windows more energy efficient. The window film can be added to the panes of glass to reduce UV radiation and help insulate glass. This is a great option if you want to keep a more historic look with the glass in the windows.
3. Reglazing And Retrofitting Glass In Historic Windows
Historic windows are usually glazed, which means that they glass is held in the window by a putty. Today, window glazing has changed and there are now double-glazed windows. These are windows that have double panes in them. If you are restoring a historic building and want to improve energy efficiency, you can retrofit the windows with double-pane glass that is more energy efficient than the old glass. This is a great option if there is a lot of broken glass in the windows that needs to be replaced.
These are some of the improvements that you may want to consider for the windows of your historic renovations. If you need help with the historic renovations of your home, contact a window installation contractor,such as Window Repairmen, to get help with some of these repairs to your home.