Caring for a historical home can be challenging because you want to avoid the replacement of its original materials whenever possible. If you live in a home that is in a historical neighborhood or district, you may be prohibited from removing original parts of the home and replacing them with newer, more modern materials. However, some repairs to your home’s windows are necessary for maintaining your home’s historical appeal and for keeping down your costs for energy. Check out these tips for historic window glass preservation and repairs.
The Historical Preservation Of Your Home’s Windows
Taking steps to repair your home’s old windows can be a lot easier than trying to repair more modern windows. Antique windows were made in such a way that each part of them could be removed and replaced instead of having to remove the entire window for making a total replacement. Some of the parts of your older windows that may need to be repaired individually to restore their historical appeal while also increasing energy efficiency include:
- Repairing individual window panes: Removing a cracked or broken window pane is easy and can be done so that your window will still retain is its antique charm. You will need to have a new pane ready to go in. You can find everything you need to repair an individual window frame at any hardware or home improvement store.
- Winterizing antique windows: When it comes to saving money on your energy bill, starting with your historical home’s old windows is a good place to get started. You may feel cold air coming through your older windows during winter. Installing bronze spring weather stripping to your windows can not only add to the historical beauty of your windows, it can also work well to stop drafts from coming through. Spring bronze weather stripping is sold at most home improvement and hardware stores.
- When antique windows stop opening: If you old windows are painted shut, you can remove the paint and they will easily open and close again. However, in some cases, if a window was opening and suddenly stopped, it could be a broken sash rope and the window in question will require re-stringing . In older windows, a sash rope works to open and close your window. Again, you can find sash ropes at most home improvement and hardware stores.
Living in a historical home can be a wonderful experience and gives you a bird’s eye view into the past. Taking steps to learn how you can care for and maintain your home in ways that work to preserve its originality is important and can be rewarding.