Historical Restoration In Salt Lake City
In Salt Lake City, more and more homeowners are deciding to restore their homes instead of buying new ones. Also, the city is filled with old houses in emerging neighborhoods that are being restored to even better than their original state. While historical home renovation is extremely rewarding, there are many challenges remodelers face along the way. One of these is deciding what to do about the drafty old windows. Replacing historic windows, especially those beautiful, character-defining ones is incredibly expensive, time-consuming and could damage the surrounding architecture. Keeping the windows intact almost assuredly means high utility bills and almost no energy efficiency At Greenlight, we understand the dilemma historical home renovators face and we have a solution that will allow these gorgeous old windows that are full of character to stay, while at the same time making them energy efficient and more. The answer is clearly and simply is window tinting. Read on below for more.
Why Window Tinting Is The Best Way To Restore Historic Salt Lake City WIndows
One of the best, most sustainable, cost-effective and least invasive historic window preservation method is actually window film. Brands like Llumar, Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic, 3M, and Enerlogic are all highly reputable and focus on quality films used to upgrade windows instead of replacing them. Not only is it fast and easy to have applied, it also preserves the authenticity of the building and prevents damage to the glass and the surrounding areas. The best part is, once window film is installed it results in significantly lowers energy costs, provides UV protection and makes your property safer.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s guidelines on sustainability for rehabilitating historic buildings even states the following in regards to window film:
- Installing compatible and energy-efficient replacement windows that match the appearance, size, design, proportion, and profile of the existing historic windows and that are also durable, repairable and recyclable when existing windows are too deteriorated to repair.
- Replacing missing windows with new, energy-efficient windows that are appropriate to the style of historic building and that are also durable, repairable and recyclable.
- Retrofitting historic windows with high-performance glazing or clear film, when possible, and only if the historic character can be maintained.
- Retrofitting historic steel windows and curtain-wall systems to improve thermal performance without compromising their character.
- Installing clear, low-emissivity (low-E) glass or film without noticeable color in historically clear windows to reduce solar heat gain.
- Installing film in a slightly lighter shade of the same color tint when replacing glazing panels on historically-dark-tinted windows to improve daylighting.
Review the case study below for more information on how window film will help your Salt Lake City historical renovation:
To find out more about window film for your Salt Lake City historic window rehabilitation, contact us at Greenlight Window Films today!