Replacement Windows and Patio Doors for Restored Vintage Homes

Michigan is home to a wide range of older homes that can make fun and rewarding renovation projects. As part of the restoration of an older home, it’s important to get all of the details right. Having custom replacement windows and patio doors made can make all the difference when restoring vintage homes including Mid-century modern, Victorian, Craftsman style, Tudor Revival, American Foursquare, Gothic Revival and Farmhouses. 

Depending on the architectural style of home you have, you may have unusual shaped windows or walls of windows that aren’t found in many of the newly-built homes in Michigan. When selecting replacement windows and patio doors for your Michigan vintage home, consider some of the options that will help you maintain the authenticity of your home’s original design.

Researching your home’s history 
The first step is to find out as much as you can about the history of your vintage home. Perhaps one of the owners installed windows or patio doors that were not in keeping with the original design. The best option is to have specialty windows to improve the character of your home.

Seeking a design consultation 
You can request a consultation with a window expert to go over the different specialty windows. Choosing the right hardware, finishes, colors, grilles and glass types will ensure you maintain the integrity of your home’s character. For example, if you have a Craftsman-style home, you may opt for the Prairie grille pattern for your windows. However, the Colonial grille pattern is better for actual Colonial homes found in Michigan. Some were built in the mid-1800s.

When it comes to factors such as energy-efficiency, the architectural style usually has no impact. It’s important to find patio doors that reduce drags and include weather stripping. Also, shop for high-performance glass with improved UF blocking. Professional installation is another must, especially with vintage homes. A professional will make sure your new windows and patio doors are fitted precisely for peak performance.

At Renewal by Andersen Michigan, we help our customers with the practical aspects such as energy-efficiency and security as well as the glamorous side of installing beautiful and stylish windows. For more information about custom replacement windows and patio doors for your vintage home, please contact us.

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