Thursday, December 17, 2009

Weatherization Guide for Older & Historic Buildings

If you own and older of Historic home you have probably received that first "BIG" winter heating bill and you may be scrambling to find ways to better insulate your home. However historic homes present unique challenges. For example you DO NOT want to replace original windows with thermopane windows.
Aside from destroying the value of your historic home, they area high cost item, (typically 8-12,000 for the typical home), replacement windows do not 'last"( seals on replacement windows typically fail with 7-10 years) and you may NEVER actually recover the cost of install during the life of the windows in reduced heating costs.
A greater savings can be realized by properly caulking insulating and glazing your original windows, as well as other low cost repairs.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a new page on its website dedicated to Weatherization tips for older homes. Everything from roofs to heating and air conditioning systems plus download 'Tip sheets" on topics like "15 easy steps to prepare your home for winter" or 'Ten reasons to repair old windows"


Joshua said...

This is the only real regret that I have had with my 1919 home. I should not have replaced the windows. I was not stupid enough to replace the five stained glass windows that adorn the first level of the home but I foolishly replaced 21 windows some of which were unique. It is my first home and I did not know any better at the time. If anyone is reading this, learn from my mistake!

Paul Wilham said...

I know I am not looking forward to building new historic style windows for our house but I didn't let that affect our purchase decision.

What I think is funny is that the window companies talk about how 'green' they are! The wood windows go into a landfill,and the replacement windows are made of PVC which is PETROLIUM BASED!

Todd McFarland said...

I was able to repair several original windows in my 1865 Italianate. I sure wouldn't place any bets on vinyl windows lasting 145 years!