Custom (Aurora®) Fiberglass Entry Doors deliver the amazing beautiful look of wood with the ability to withstand all kinds of weather
Custom Wood Windows are crafted from the finest wood and built to handle the toughest storms
Custom Wood Entry Doors with a wide selection of one-of-a-kind glass designs and accents make your home truly yours
Authentic Wood Interior Doors are built to resist climate fluctuations and changing styles with timeless designs
Custom Wood Interior Doors bring elegance to your home with architecturally inspired designs, wood species and options
Siteline EX Wood Windows with AuraLast® wood provide 100% surface-to-core protection against wood rot
Renovating a historic building is both rewarding and challenging. Of course, getting started is the first step. Below you will find tips, advice and a few inspiring case studies to help you get started with your historic restoration project.
Begin your renovation by familiarizing yourself with your home’s architectural style and the period in which it was built. Learn about the types of windows, doors and details that were used at that time. Keep in mind that previous remodels over the years may have hidden the original details. Visit your local historical society to see if there are records available to help you learn about your home and community. You may uncover hidden gems as you restore your house to its original design.
Research Preservation Codes and Benefits
Every state has a federally designated Historic Preservation Office (HPO) that has many resources on preservation and restoration. The HPO will also have information about procedures and compliance for local building codes.
Is your home included in the National Register of Historic Places? This is an official list of places significant to American history and culture, including buildings, districts, sites, and structures. A registered historic building may need to follow strict federal regulations about preservation and maintenance, and be eligible for additional benefits such as tax credits. Other types of historic restoration projects may qualify for grants or special mortgage loans. Another option for historic project funding is a preservation easement. Work with a local specialist to determine your options.
Determine Architectural Style
Matching windows and doors to a historic home’s architectural style can be one of the most challenging aspects of your restoration. JELD-WEN has a wide range of window and door choices to complement any architectural style, from Dutch and Colonial, to Victorian, Craftsman, Ranch, and everything in between.
When selecting windows and doors, keep these historic details in mind:
- Consider the use of arched frames and decorative glass to match the style of the architectural details of the house
- Coordinate the look of grilles or grids to divide the lites, or panes of glass
- Match the color to the original windows and doors. This is particularly important if you are receiving grant funding for your project.
Consider Performance Features
After years of wear and tear, upgrading to modern windows and doors can deliver improved performance without compromising historical authenticity. Consider advancements in energy efficient windows and doors from that of inefficient single-pane windows or window and door frames that have become warped, creating leaks for both water and airflow.
Another option for historic projects includes JELD-WEN AuraLast® Wood . AuraLast is JELD-WEN’s proprietary water-based protection process that delivers virtually 100 percent surface-to-core protection against wood rot.
Also consider JELD-WEN Aurora® Custom Fiberglass doors that offer the look and warmth of wood with less maintenance.
Voth Residence, Lafayette, Louisiana: Homeowners renovate an original 150-year old former sharecropper’s cottage using JELD-WEN® Custom Wood Windows with AuraLast® Wood.
Victorian Restoration, Oak Park, Illinois: One owner chose JELD-WEN Custom Wood Epic® windows for his Queen Anne Victorian home to preserve as many authentic details as possible.
Saxons Jewlers, Bend, Oregon: Rather than rebuilding, project developers bucked convention by renovating historic buildings into an REI Outfitters and a Saxons retail jewelry store.
The Molding Depot, Ybor City, Florida: When Ken Ferlita learned that his grandfather’s historic 1929 building was slated to be torn down, he decided to do something to preserve it.
AIA Center for Architecture, Portland, Oregon: AIA Portland’s Center for Architecture is the world's first AIA building to achieve a LEED® Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Wind Point Lighthouse Restoration, Wind Point, Wisconsin: Wind Point Lighthouse, a winner of the JELD-WEN Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative, now has the latest in window and door technology, designed to perform reliably in all climates.
Umpqua River Lighthouse Restoration, Winchester Bay, Oregon: JELD-WEN windows and doors were installed to bring back the original beauty of the Umpqua River Lighthouse and incorporate the latest technology to withstand extreme conditions.
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Restoration, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse received the latest in window and door technology, designed to perform exceptionally well in all climates, including coastal conditions
The information contained on this page is provided solely for general informational and/or educational purposes, and may not be applicable to all products, applications, climates, and other factors. Please consult with your licensed contractor, architect, dealer or local building code official for information relevant to your geographic region and project. JELD-WEN makes no representation or warranty that this information is applicable for your circumstances. JELD-WEN disclaims all liability associated with the use or transfer of this information.