We like to say “You don’t need new windows, Your windows need new technology”. Retaining the beauty, color, and craftsmanship of the original windows will maintain the look and even enhance the value of your property. Original windows, which exist on most older American homes, are consistent with the original architecture of the property. This can be readily observed, especially if you frequent the older, more established and often revitalized residential and commercial sections of cities and towns throughout North America.
Research has consistently shown the economic benefit realized by properties residing within historic districts. Simply put, maintaining the original character of a property has a favorable impact on the property’s value and appreciation. The same can be said for properties existing outside of a historic district; property improvements that are architecturally consistent are prudent investments.
Some homeowners have been tempted to replace the original windows with modern replacement windows because that was viewed as the only option to achieve improved window performance in terms of energy, comfort and air infiltration. Thanks to the advent of architectural low-e storm windows, consumers now have the option of retaining the original window and adding the benefits of modern window technology. The economic benefit can be substantial: a lower cost investment (as compared to complete window replacement), reduced operating cost (utility bills) and the ability to maintain the property’s value.
QUANTAPANEL Storm Window Approval in Historic Districts
Residential properties within a historic district must obtain the approval of the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) or a similar entity, prior to proceeding with window retrofit or modification. Storm windows, in general, and the QUANTAPANEL Architectural Low-e Storm Window specifically, have been reviewed and approved by a number of such entities throughout the U.S. for use on properties within their designated district.
The addition of storm windows does not alter the original window in any way, a fundamental requirement of most HARB’s. Historic property owners now have options. The QUANTAPANEL Insulating Glass System can be installed on the exterior in a color and style that is consistent with the original window. Optionally, the QUANTAPANEL System can be installed on the interior, providing a completely unobstructed view of the window from the outside, and nearly indistinguishable from the inside. In either case, the functional performance benefits desirable for comfortable living can be achieved.