Replacing Historic Windows in Tipp City, OH

Aug 03, 2021

Improveit Windows Shine in Historic Home Renovation

Who: Tabitha Bundenthal
Where: Tipp City, OH
What: Whole-house historic window replacement
Products: 20 white Performax54 windows in double-hung and slider styles with no grids.

Improveit is Honored to Help with Historic Home Renovation

Sometimes remodeling a home can help lift the appeal of a whole neighborhood! That’s the case with homeowner Tabitha Bundenthal’s 100-year-old Tipp City, Ohio home. Improveit was thrilled to have a hand in updating the curb appeal and energy efficiency of this historic Dayton-area home. 

Replacing Historic Windows

Coordinating with the Historic Preservation Board

As is often the case when renovating a historic home, Tabitha had to jump through some hoops to gain approval for her preferred product selections. She originally reached out to Improveit for a project consultation and down-to-the-penny quote in September 2020. Unfortunately, the Tipp City Restoration Board told her at the time that she needed to use wood-frame windows in her historic home.

It’s clear from the “before” photos that the home’s original wood windows were deeply in disrepair. This is not unexpected with old wood windows. While beautiful, wood window frames are susceptible to warping and deteriorating if they’re not carefully maintained with regular cleaning and repainting or re-staining. And despite the extra maintenance and shorter lifespan, the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report shows that wood windows are more expensive than vinyl windows. Nationally, whole-house wood window replacement costs nearly 20% more on average than vinyl windows, which offer a longer lifespan much lower maintenance.

Historic home renovation

Thankfully Tabitha and the Tipp City Restoration Board eventually determined that Improveit’s Performax54 vinyl windows would work well for the project. “After a few meetings, we were able to come to an agreement with the city,” she says. “It was mainly about the look – they didn’t want the windows to look too ‘new.’ But really, they were just happy someone was ready to take care of this home.”

Replacing Historic Windows with Performax54

Confident that Improveit’s classic window styles and long-lasting quality would achieve the right curb appeal for her historic home, Tabitha called Improveit again in March 2021. She reiterated her need to replace the drafty, deteriorating, single-pane windows with new windows that would reliably improve her home’s energy efficiency – and look great doing it.

In April, Improveit’s team fulfilled that need by installing 20 crisp, white Performax54 windows that will perform immeasurably better than any other option available. They followed lead-safe work practices during the entire process due the the presence of lead paint in the old windows.

Historic Window Replacement while renovating a historic home

“Now that the windows are in, it feels like we’re the talk of the town!”

Tabitha Bundenthal

The new windows are designed specifically for maximum energy-efficient performance, and feature a lifetime warranty covering everything from labor to seal failure, making them the only windows Tabitha will ever need for her historic home!

As part of an extensive renovation of this 100-year-old home, the impact these new windows make is already remarkable. “Now that the windows are in, it feels like we’re the talk of the town!”  Tabitha says. “We had four or five different people come out to give us quotes, and the people we spoke with from Improveit – it felt like we had known them forever. Our installer, John, communicated very well, and answered all our questions before we knew to ask them.”

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