Are Modern Windows the Right Look for an Older House?

If you own an older home in Midland or the surrounding area, you may find yourself with a bit of a dilemma when it comes to replacing your windows. It could be that the window material is warping or that the color is fading and is making your home look a bit tired. And yet, you may be a bit nervous about putting new windows in a home that’s been around a while.

On the one hand, newer windows will add increased comfort to your home (keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer). Chances are you’ll also notice a decrease in outside sound coming through the windowpanes—making your home a quiet and serene place to relax. And you’ll also notice increased energy-efficiency that’s reflected in lower utility costs.

Maybe you want to make a change. Perhaps exchanging an existing picture window with a window that opens in order to create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Or maybe you want to increase the natural light in a particular room by adding larger windows. Or you might even want to replace a bank of windows with a single large window that lets in more light.

Those are all great advantages, but what about the way your new windows will look? You may be concerned that modern windows will stick out like a sore thumb on your older home. The good news is that you really don’t have to worry about that.

At Marvin, we understand that sometimes the most important concern you may have when choosing to replace windows is fitting into a unique space, an existing design, or finding historically accurate replacement windows. Marvin specializes in creating customized windows to match one-of-a-kind spaces as well as producing exact replicas for historical homes.

The homeowners of this renovated Minnesota dwelling wanted to retain its authentic early 1900s architectural character. Marvin Inswing French windows were able to match the existing sunroom windows perfectly, while improving energy efficiency throughout the home.

sunroom windowsHere’s an example of a 150-year-old New England-style Cape home that was renovated. Marvin’s broad spectrum of available window types and sizes enabled a design solution that met both the family hopes for a livable, traditional home as well as the demands of the local historic review board.

Modern windows for an older homeIn this castle-like home dating back to the 1850s, the original window openings were restored with Marvin products to take advantage of the elevated southern view. Nearly all of the Marvin windows and doors for this home were customized to fit existing masonry openings of all shapes, sizes, and layouts. The flexibility of these custom products was crucial to preserve the character of the building with modern functionality.

customized windows and doors

Of course, you don’t have to live in a historical home to take advantage of the benefits of new windows. Maybe your home doesn’t date back to the 1850s, but if it’s possible to install great new windows in homes like these, imagine what the possibilities are for your Midland home!

It’s a lot easier to imagine that if you can see examples for yourself. That’s why I invite you to visit us to take a look inside our Bay City showroom—or come by 3605 S. Huron Road in Bay City, MI. Even if your home isn’t on the National Registry of Historic homes, you can still make it a comfortable and pleasant place to live for years to come!