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Why Should You Replace Your Older Home's Windows?

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Your home isn't exactly young, and neither are its windows. Those old, drafty single-pane pieces of glass may look okay, but they might not work the way you want them to.

Older homes that haven't been updated have older windows. This can cause problems on many different levels. From your home's aesthetic appearance to how it holds in heating and cooling, the windows can either elevate or decrease the value of your home.

If your home's windows match its age (and that age isn't anywhere near new), replacing them is an update that can transform its look and feel. Even though replacing all of your home's windows is a major expense, it's also an investment. What do you need to know about the windows in older homes?

Energy Efficiency

Your home was built in the early part of the 20th century. It still has several of its original windows. What does this mean for your home's energy efficiency? While older windows had one pane of glass and that was it, newer models are much better insulated.

Multi-pane windows have layers of glass. A gas, or combination of gases, is sealed in between the layers. This creates extra insulation, making it easier to hold the heating or cooling in your home. A single-pane glass that you'd find in an older home has one layer of glass and no gas. A double-glazed or double-pane window has two layers. The more glass a window has, the better insulated it is.

A home that's losing heating or cooling may have drafty, single-glazed windows. Obviously, there are other causes (in addition to your windows) that can increase your heating or cooling costs, but windows are one of the major factors when it comes to your energy bill. Replacing drafty windows can help to seal the leaks and bring down your energy bills during the peak heating and cooling seasons.

Aesthetics and Appearance

Windows in older homes may have a certain charm. The old-world style that these windows have may be a perfect fit for your house. Those older windows of yours were chosen decades ago to match your home, and they do that perfectly.

Does this mean that replacement windows will stand out awkwardly in your older home? Not necessarily. There are plenty of window styles available, and many of them replicate an older, more traditional look. You can update your older windows with new (more energy-efficient) ones that still have the same appearance and charm as the old ones did. And, as a bonus, they'll look fresh and clean in comparison to the dull, fogged or worn windows that you used to have.

Lead Issues

Homes built before 1978 may contain lead paint. This paint can be anywhere - on the walls, the baseboards, the doors or even the window frames (or any other window woodwork).
If you think that your older original windows may have lead paint on them, get them tested by a professional.
More than 4 million homes in the U.S. that have children living in them have detectable lead levels, according to the CDC. Exposure to the dust from lead paint, or ingesting chips of it, can cause problems for young children that range from behavioral difficulties to developmental delays.

Painting over the leaded areas around your windows won't solve the problem - especially if you open and close the windows often. Every time the leaded paint presses up against another surface, small amounts can flake off. Replacing older windows, and their frames, entirely eliminates this risk.

Do you need new windows for your older home? Window Wise can help.

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