Windows are one of the most important parts of a home. Wooden windows can last up to 40 years or more, but even they eventually need replacing.
But how do you decide what types of windows to get when it’s time to replace them? How do you replace windows and still keep the charm of your older home? Do you need tints or blinds on your new windows?
These are all questions an owner of an older home should ask themselves before they start getting quotes for new windows. Read on to learn how to find the best replacement windows for your older home.
Size and Shape of the Window
Window sizes only became standardized fairly recently, meaning a lot of older homes require custom windows. To decide which windows are the best ones for your older home, you first need to consider how big your windows are. This will decide if a picture window, sliding, or double-hung window is your best option.
Different types of windows generally have specific shapes that allow them to function. A picture window, for example, is usually large and wide. They do not open and are simply there to provide light and a view of the outside.
A sliding window means that one side of the window runs horizontally on a track while the other half is stationary. These windows are also generally wide rather than tall because of how they function.
Double-hung windows are usually taller than they are wide. These windows slide up and downwards rather than horizontally on a track. There are also single-hung windows where only one side of the window can move rather than both sides.
Custom windows can always be made, but it’s best to consider the size and the shape of the window before you start.
Most historic cities have a society that decides which properties are considered historic. These properties are then under the protection of the historic society. They determine the rules regarding remodeling and replacing materials on the home.
If this is the case, then your options are more limited. You may have to preserve the exterior appearance of the home, so double-hung windows need to be replaced by double-hung windows. In other cases, you may even need to use the same type of material as the original house.
In other words, you’ll need to work with your window company to create windows that match the old ones you’re replacing. They’ll create custom windows that fit and look just like the original exterior of the home.
When you do this, you’re contributing to historical preservation. Your home has been there for a very long time, and the protection you and the historical society provide means that people will see your style of home for much longer still.
Historical preservation is important because it helps us understand the way people lived during certain times. In effect, we can study why certain historical events occurred when they did and how to prevent disasters in the future.
Style of the Home
Even if your older home isn’t historic, you probably still want to preserve the exterior appearance of your home. Chances are, you bought this older home because you liked that style of home.
But a Colonial home looks very different on the outside from a Victorian home. Different types of homes typically use different types of windows. You want to be sure that you’re matching your new windows to the original style of your home.
This helps you determine exactly what kinds of windows you need to purchase for your home. All you have to do is find the same kind that was originally in the house. If you’re not sure what kind of windows your house has, don’t be afraid to ask an expert for their opinion.
Again, older homes will probably need custom windows, so you can expect them to take longer to make. They’ll also be more expensive and may take a little longer to install than standard windows.
Taking this extra care, however, maintains the appearance and the value of your home. You’ll have gorgeous windows that match your house and still get the benefit of them being more energy-efficient.
The last thing you want to consider before you purchase replacement windows for your older home is if you want any extra services with your windows. Many companies offer different types of window tint services to choose from.
Maybe the room is generally too bright and you’d like to reduce it. Some tints even help make a room brighter by scattering the light more. Others help with temperature control, which lowers your energy bill and keeps your family comfortable all year long.
For more privacy, some companies even offer different types of window blinds that they can install at the same time as your windows. Blinds allow you to adjust the lighting in the room at will, so you never need to have the Sun in your eyes or glare on your tv screen. At night, they offer privacy so you don’t need to worry about anyone looking into your windows while you’re changing or trying to sleep.
There are different types of window shades that you can choose from. You could get something that matches the period the house was built. If you prefer a more modern interior, then you can choose a more modern window shade as well.
Get the Right Types of Windows for Your Older Home Today
At the end of the day, you need to decide what types of windows are best for your home for yourself. Local ordinances and your own taste should guide you pretty well to the best options possible. You can even decide if you want window tinting or blinds.
A professional should also be able to explain the different types of windows for homeowners that have never owned an older home before.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out our other home and garden articles to learn more about maintaining older homes today.