Replacement windows: How long should they last?
If you are in the market for new replacement windows – or if you are simply considering renovating your home and are wondering if its in the budget – you might be wondering how long they will last.
Replacement windows, after all, are a big investment, so most homeowners want to make sure they get the right windows the first time – and that they’ll last for years to come.
If you have an older home and you’ve never replaced the windows, it might be a good time to start investigating. Replacement windows can improve the look of your home, increase curb appeal and save you money on energy costs. It can also increase the selling price of your home if you are in the market to move.
Generally, replacement windows ARE worth the investment!
So, how long should replacement windows last? Read on:
Depending on the age of the windows and the materials you choose for your new replacement windows, they should last two decades – at least.
Vinyl windows are generally durable and stand the test of time, with window manufacturers generally offering warranties of at least 20 years.
If you cut corners and get a cheaper window made of lesser materials, you might not get even half that amount of time, however.
You’ll have to maintain even high-quality replacement windows and windows that are exposed more to heat and sunlight can deteriorate quicker, as can windows that are in areas with moist air, like a bathroom.
Fiberglass windows might last a bit longer than vinyl windows but come with a bigger price tag. And wooden windows can last even longer, but require a lot of routine maintenance and care.
If you have questions about the right windows for your home – and how long they can last with proper care and maintenance – schedule an inspection today.