Best windows for historic look?

redheadeddaughterMay 6, 2013

We are building a new "old" farmhouse and just started planning for windows. Apart from very expensive wood windows (which I know are the best option probably?), are there any affordable options that can reproduce that historic appearance? I've seen the Anderson architect series for farmhouses, but I'm wondering if there is a good vinyl window with nice cottagey looking dividers that don't look "new" .... all without breaking the bank. We are in Northern California if that makes any difference. So appreciate any advice from forum members...

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Windows on Washington Ltd

There are some better looking vinyl equivalents out there now but you are going to be hard pressed to get a really historic looking vinyl window.

You can get SDLs and that will help bridge the gap slightly but you might be better suited to stay with fiberglass or wood.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 4:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

hello there, if you want a more affordable solution to giving a âÂÂhistoric lookâ to your windows, you can try adding Window Frosting on them. There are frosting films available in different colors and designs��"there are even those that duplicate the appearance of stained glass!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 1:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

There you go again with the "window frosting", this time to give a historic look and "there are even those that duplicate the appearance of stained glass!". Anyway you look at it the above poster is obviously:

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:00AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Out of the Woods Inc.- Window & Door Specialists

What area of Northern California? It's hard to find many vinyl companies that use a proper SDL that could look historic. Integrity fiberglass windows might be an answer.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 1:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi Fenestration, I just noticed your question and it has been weeks... we are in the southern portion of Silicon Valley. I'll look into the Integrity product... thank you!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 10:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Modern Windows
Can anyone suggest an affordable modern window? Thanks!...
Marvin Ultimate Clad Double Hung SDL - With or Without Spacer Bar
I am looking to buy the Double Hung, Marvin Ultimate...
Alside Mezzo Window Reviews
I was shown the alside mezzo window by a local contractor....
Love my New Front Door, But It's Still Cold in Entryway
I have my new steel entry door installed with new sidelites....
Marvin Ultimate double hung or casement
I am replacing some rotting windows and am installing...
Sponsored Products
Serena & Lily French Tassel Window Panel
Serena & Lily
Serafino Rod Pocket 84-inch Panel
Rail Brackets
Grandin Road
Levolor Mark I 1-inch 8-Gauge Metal Blinds
Economy Motorized Cellular Shades. Free Samples and Shipping!
CHF Industries Alessandra Rod Pocket Curtain Panel - 1Z46010ACB
$19.98 | Hayneedle
A19 Lighting | Grid Wall Sconce
$379.99 | YLighting
Wrension Bird House - White with Red Cedar Shingle Roof
Signature Hardware
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™