Columbus, Ohio homeowners with older homes and windows are at risk for lead exposure from the home’s original paint applied before 1978. Strict regulations were put into place in 1978 to limit the use and production of lead based paints due to extreme health risks. Opening and closing windows is a particular risk, since this repetitive motion can grind through the layers of paint applied to window frames and sills. This can cause paint chips and dust to collect on the window sill and be released in the air.
The CDC says: “Windowsills and wells can contain high levels of leaded dust. They should be kept clean. If possible, windows should be shut to prevent abrasion of painted surfaces or opened from the top sash.”
While this may be “Feasible,” it’s hardly ideal, which is why window replacement in older Columbus homes is a good investment, not just for the home value but for the health of your family.
Families with young children in Columbus should especially be wary of older windows and may want consider replacement windows as soon as possible. Toddlers often hang on to windowsills to look out or support themselves while walking and dust on their hands can make its way into their mouths or lungs.
Those with beautiful older homes in Columbus are sometimes concerned that replacement windows will look out of place in their historic home. Though it’s true that certain styles of windows may not adhere to the theme of the home, replacement windows from Zen Windows of Columbus come in a variety of frame types and colors that can be matched to existing windows. Better yet, Zen Windows’ skilled installers can hand select materials that compliment your home in ways you never knew possible.
So you get new, safe, lead-free windows and your home gets to retain it’s original beauty and charm. And, if course, future Columbus homeowners, especially those with small children or pregnant mothers, can rest easy after purchasing a home whose windows have been replaced.