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4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Single-Pane Wood Windows

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One of the downsides of living in an older home is all the features that are not that energy efficient, such as the old single-pane, wood-framed windows throughout your home.
If you have an old home with single-pane, wood-framed windows, there are many benefits that come with upgrading your windows. Newer windows are more energy efficient, require less maintenance, protect you in various ways, and can increase the value of your home.

1. Increased Energy Efficiency

Upgrading to windows that are certified as Energy Star Efficient will provide you with numerous benefits. 
To start with, you should notice an immediate decrease in your heating and cooling costs. You'll experience fewer drafts and thus less energy loss around your windows when you upgrade to energy-efficient windows.
With energy-efficient windows, you'll no longer have to worry about condensation and moisture build-up. Your glass should no longer get really cold, making it more comfortable to hang out near your windows throughout the year.

2. Less Required Maintenance

Old wood window frames require a high degree of maintenance. You have to wash the window frames. You have to keep wood window frames sealed with either paint or stain to prevent the wood from rotting.
If your wood window frame gets damaged, you have to fill in cracks with wood epoxy fillers. If mildew gets on your wood window frame, you have to sand it away and then reseal the wood.
New window frames do not require this degree of maintenance. Even if you decide to go with wood window frames again, modern wood window frames are made with treated wood that will not rot or get damaged like older wood window frames.
You can also install window frames made of aluminum, composite, steel, or vinyl. All three of these materials require very little maintenance, beyond cleaning your window frames from time to time.

3. Additional Protection for Your Home

New windows can provide your home with a variety of different types of protection.
Modern windows have solid locks on them and are generally much harder to force open than older sliding windows. It will be difficult for someone to force their way into your home through a closed window.
You can purchase windows that have an extra filter on them that helps protect against the transmission of ultraviolet rays into your home. This will protect your furniture and carpets from fading and will protect your skin from ultraviolet exposure.
You can also purchase windows that are equipped with laminated glass or safety glass. When safety glass is broken, the pieces stick to the laminated internal layer instead of falling everywhere and creating a safety hazard.

4. Increased Home Value

Finally, installing new windows in your home can add value to your home. Replacing old windows with new, more energy efficient windows is an investment that pays off.
On average, you can recoup around 75% of the cost of upgrading your windows. That means if you spend $1,000 upgrading the windows in your home, the market value of your home should increase around $750. For a home improvement project, that is a good return on your investment.
The exact value you can recoup varies based on where you live, the type of windows you install, and current market trends.
Even if you are not planning on selling your home anytime soon, increasing the value of your home can still benefit you. If you ever need to refinance your home or borrow against a line of credit, improving the value of your home can benefit you.
Give us a call this week at Lane's Contracting, Inc., and set up an appointment for a free, no-obligation window replacement estimate. We can help you upgrade your windows this year.