Key Considerations for Window Replacement in Old Homes

Getting new windows for an old home requires a greater degree of care, consideration and, in some cases, preservation. In today’s post, local window and patio door replacement company Renewal by Andersen® takes a look at the important things to consider when getting new windows for an old home.

Architectural Style

The house’s architectural style informs the types of windows that can be installed on it. For example, Colonial-style homes typically require traditional styles like double-hung windows, or even bay or bow windows if protrusions already exist. The idea is to maintain authenticity without compromising features like energy efficiency or low maintenance requirements.

Windows in old homes are typically hand-crafted. This makes prefabricated, off-the-rack replacement windows less than ideal because existing window openings would either be too large or too small, which may, respectively, necessitate filling a large gap or resizing the window opening. This makes custom replacement windows the ideal solution because they’re built to fit. In addition to preserving the look of the original windows, custom windows also keep the gap between frame and wall to a minimum, which can help improve energy efficiency.

Historic Preservation and Local Regulations

Seattle is home to several historic neighborhoods. If you happen to own an historic property, consult with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods first to ensure fidelity to the original property. Window replacement is not as drastic as taking out a wall, and regulations are typically limited to window styles, colors and grilles. Like adhering to building codes, it’s good practice to make sure your project is compliant, even with such relatively minor changes.

Energy Efficiency and Insulation

Old windows are typically not made with energy-efficient materials. If you are considering getting period-correct windows, it could affect the building’s energy efficiency. You’ll likely find yourself having to deal with uncomfortable drafts and high energy bills. Energy-efficient replacement windows may not be entirely period-correct, but they can save you from a lot of headaches.

Last piece of advice: work with a reputable window replacement company like Renewal by Andersen. Not only do we offer custom replacement windows, our limited warranties include a lifetime coverage for installation. Give us a call at (206) 775-7533 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve communities in surrounding areas.

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