Replacement Windows and Your Historic Home

Historic homes are very rewarding as they are beautiful time capsules of our past that are also functional for your daily life and enjoyment. However, if you own a historic home, you know how much work they can be to maintain. While all that hard work is worth it, it can be hard to know where to start, especially when it comes to Winnipeg, MB replacement windows. Replacing windows on a historic home can be challenging, but these tips and trick will help make the process easier.  

 

The first step to dealing with replacement windows for your historic home is figuring out the exact problem with the windows, because sometimes you can just repair the window rather than replace it. Consider three things:  

  • Is the labor of maintaining the old window worth it?  
  • Are the old windows making your energy spending skyrocket?  
  • Are the windows still aesthetically pleasing?  

 

If the labor required to repair and then maintain the old windows is worth it for you, then go ahead and repair rather than replace the windows. However, its important to consider that the old windows will not only take up your time, but can also take your money as well. Old windows aren’t very energy efficient, and they can cost a lot to maintain. If you decide its not worth the time and money, keep reading to learn more about historic window replacements.  

 

Many historic homes, and oftentimes historic towns, have laws in place that require homeowners to replace their home’s windows with historically accurate models to preserve the house’s integrity. Generally, this means that the new windows can’t have any composite or plastic materials, and they must have a similar pane pattern to the original. It may seem almost impossible to find replacement windows that meet these requirements, but don’t worry. Many window manufacturers offer lines specifically made to act as replacements for historic homes.  

 

Replacement windows for historic homes have different requirements than standard replacement windows. They have to combine modern technology with historic appeal. These windows are often made from woods like Douglas fir, pine or mahogany, and generally have panes set up to mimic the old divided light look without actually having divided panes. Historic replacement windows can also be finished off with authentic-looking hardware. 

 

Thanks to window manufacturing and design advancements, you don’t have to sacrifice modern comfort for a historic look for your replacement windows. You can easily add energy efficient features to historic replacement windows to boost efficiency, comfort, and saving in the long term. Add features like:  

  • Double or triple pane glass 
  • Low-E coating 
  • Wood coating 

 

If you would like more information in historic replacement windows in Winnipeg, MB, or on replacement windows in general, contact Pioneer Window & Door Mfg Ltd. We offer a range of window and door services, and would be happy to help you out. Please visit us at 3224 Portage Ave Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y8, or give us a call at (204) 889-8422 to learn more. 

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