If you are considering replacing your window, you are probably wondering how long you can expect these replacement windows to last. When determining the life expectancy of a replacement window, there are three key things to consider, but perhaps the most important thing you want to look for is durability. In this article, we will be looking at the three factors that go into determining how long your replacement windows will last.
1. Replacement Window Material
When it comes to durability and how long a replacement window will last, you firstly want to consider the material of the frame. Some of the most popular replacement window frames include; wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Let us take a closer look.
Vinyl Replacement Windows
Vinyl windows are the most popular window replacement choice amongst homeowners. Apart from their high energy efficiency and modest price point, vinyl windows come in a variety of colors, grids and hardware options that give homeowners the benefit of being able to customize the look of their home. Vinyl windows are also virtually maintenance free and easy to clean, and never require painting or re-coating.
Fiberglass Replacement Windows
Fiberglass windows have a wide range of benefits that make them a sound window replacement choice. They are low maintenance and can be structurally superior to metal or vinyl materials. Perhaps the most important feature of fiberglass windows is that they offer an increase in thermal performance (which lowers your energy bills), offer better overall strength and durability and excellent flexibility in design. Fiberglass windows also come in a variety of colors that will not scratch, chip or fade.
Wood Replacement Windows
It is true that, in general, wood windows are the most expensive window replacement option. However, you simply cannot beat the beautiful, warm, and organic look and feel of timber frames. There are many aesthetic options when it comes to wood windows, however, they do come at a considerable cost. Wood also requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep, and is also subject to rot and termites.
U-Factor & Warranty
Knowing the U-factor and warranty of your replacement window can also help you determine how long it will last. The u-factor is a measure of your window’s thermal efficiency – the lower, the better. The lower the U-factor, the more durable and better built the replacement windows are. Not to mention a low U-factor will help keep your utility bills down as well. It is also a good idea to consider the warranty – if the product has a lifetime warranty, you can be rest assured it is going to last you a long time.
2. Where You Live
Where you live and the local climate can have a large impact on your window’s lifespan. For example, extreme heat and cold can cause replacement windows to warp, shift or change shape over time. Meanwhile, too much sunlight, humidity or rain can also cause issues prematurely. For homeowners in Maryland and Virginia, the climate is quite mild, so there is greater flexibility when it comes to choosing the right window.
3. Poorly Installed Windows
At the end of the day, even the sturdiest replacement window will not last if it is improperly installed. Proper window installation is vital to help make sure the replacement window lasts as long as it can. A properly installed window will work at its peak, will seal out the elements and will help make your home much more energy efficient. Also, most manufacturer warranties are voided if the window is improperly installed, which is why you should always find a reputable contractor to install your window.
How to Know When to Replace Your Windows
You should consider window replacement if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Your heating and cooling bills are increasing
- It’s difficult to open and close windows
- Your existing windows are single pane
- There is noticeable condensation or fogging between the panes
- Your home feels overly noisy or drafty in the winter and overly warm in the summer
- There is wood rot on or around your windows
- Your existing windows are difficult and time-consuming to maintain
You can read more about what to look out for when it comes to replacing your windows in this helpful article from the WoW team here. And, if you need help finding the right replacement windows for you that will last you well into the future, get in touch. We look forward to helping you find the perfect replacement windows.