Historic Renovation

From lighthouses to homes to commercial buildings, JELD-WEN has helped restore historic spaces to their original beauty while using the latest technology in energy efficiency and wood preservation.

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.

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 . on against wood rot.

Also consider JELD-WEN Aurora® Custom Fiberglass doors that offer the look and warmth of wood with less maintenance.


Homeowners renovate an original 150-year old former sharecropper’s cottage using JELD-WEN® Custom Wood Windows with AuraLast® Wood.

One owner chose JELD-WEN Custom Wood Epic® windows for his Queen Anne Victorian home to preserve as many authentic details as possible.


Rather than rebuilding, project developers bucked convention by renovating historic buildings into an REI Outfitters and a Saxons retail jewelry store.

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.

Source: www.jeld-wen.com

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My parents summer home, built in 1979, has 2 sets of sliding glass patio doors. Two years ago, they returned in the spring to find that the glass panels (which are facing each other) on the interior of the doors looked dirty and filmy. They have remained that way.
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When he was 6 months old I had to replace my frig. I purposely bought the kind with the frig on top and the freezer on the bottom. He would have to jump up and pull the frig door open, which would be very hard on his teeth (although, I have seen marks, so I'm sure he's tried).
The freezer portion is a pull-out drawer, so he hasn't figured that one out yet either.
He has managed to figure out how to unzip the tent, roll down the car window, open the sliding glass door & screen, and cabinet doors. He can even turn on the interior car lights if I leave him in there (I guess he doesn't like waiting in the dark).

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