Buying new windows for your home is a major purchase. Luckily though, it isn't something that needs to be done often. However, few people realize that there are a few tips and tricks that can help you extend the lifespan of your new windows. My husband and I recently bought new windows and I wanted to make sure I got the most out of them, which is how I came across these tricks. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about them, so I decided to create a website to help others who may be looking for the same information. I hope this helps you.
Replacing old windows in a historic home can be problematic because they are often a different size and design than modern windows. Working with custom window services to create the windows you need may be the only option you have, and the process can be somewhat challenging.
Regulations For New Windows
If you are working on an older home classified as historic, you may find that you must replace the windows in a way that leaves the house looking the same as it did with the old glass in place. Often, historical societies will have guidelines and regulations that you must follow, and that may mean that the only option you have is to work with custom window services to ensure that the design of the new windows matches the ones coming out of the house.
Not only does this mean building windows that fit the odd sizes of older windows, but it also means ensuring that the frames are the same so that you can not tell looking at them if they are old or new. Custom window services can create replica windows for you. Still, it is a good idea to hire a window replacement company to help you because they have the resources to ensure you are getting the best windows possible for your home.
Sizing Things Up
The first step is to measure the windows that are currently in your home. The window contractor will go around your home and measure every window individually because old windows were hand-made and they may be slightly different in size.
Creating New Windows That Look Old
Once all the measurements are done, they will submit the frame sizes to a custom window services company to prepare to create the frames for your new windows. The contractor will also take many pictures of the frames and sashes to ensure the window service can replicate them precisely for your home.
The custom window service will construct the windows so they look old, but they will have all the features and efficiency of new windows to improve the house's heating and cooling efficiency. The windows must match the old design, or else they may not be approved for the home, which can be a costly problem.
Involving the historical society liaison in the process is a good idea and can make it easier to ensure that the replica frames will be okay for your home. The custom window service can often make a sample frame before creating all the windows so you can seek the approval of the historical society in your area.Share