Installing windows in the home is something that most homeowners do not do on a routine basis. In fact, it is a larger project that most people who own a home would expect to last for a lifetime. The fact of the matter is, however, there are limitations in determining how long you should expect a window to last. In considering the longevity of windows, there are numerous things you should keep in mind. Here is a breakdown of some of the different variables and how long you can expect your windows to last.
Before we begin to discuss some of the specific variables in the longevity of windows, it's important to discuss quality. If you are putting builder-grade windows in the home, you will save money, but you cannot expect to have them last for an extended amount of time. That is why at Executive Window Services, we only install the highest-grade windows available. The various types of windows we offer include vinyl, wood and aluminum. These are the types of windows we will discuss in this article.
One other thing you should consider in the longevity of windows is the type of installation. Many companies will try to boost their profits by using laborers who are unskilled and installing windows in the home. This can lead to various problems, including reducing the lifespan of the window itself. It may also lead to issues with the insulating factor of the window and how much money you are going to save on your energy costs. Not only do we install the highest quality windows at Executive Window Services, all of our installation specialists are highly skilled and provide you with the best installation possible.
A final consideration for the installation of windows is the manufacturer’s warranty. Most builder-grade windows are only going to be covered under a limited, one-year warranty, but there may be extended warranties available for higher-quality windows. Although it is not the absolute best way for you to determine how long the window is going to last, it can give you somewhat of an indication as to their longevity. The bottom line is, if the manufacturer offers an extended warranty on the window, they trust the fact that it is going to last for the long term.
Vinyl windows - One of the more popular choices for many homeowners are vinyl windows. They provide a nice looking product and one that is going to help you to save money on your energy costs. As we discussed previously, the quality of the window and the installation is going to make a difference in how long they last in the home. In most cases, high quality windows installed properly are going to last for 15 years. Of course, they can last much longer than that, but they may show some signs of needing replaced once that time period has lapsed. During those 15 years, you will want to make sure any necessary maintenance is done promptly and correctly. This will help to extend window life considerably.
Aluminum windows - Like vinyl windows, aluminum windows of high quality are designed in such a way that they will last for a very long time. Of course, builder-grade quality windows are going to begin showing wear-and-tear very quickly. Aluminum windows require little or no maintenance, but you have the option of painting aluminum windows, if desired. They also tend to hold their shape while once installed. If you want a window to last for quite some time with low maintenance, aluminum is an option you should consider.
Wood windows - There is no doubt about the fact that wood windows provide a superior product with many benefits. When you install wood windows on your home, they can increase the property value considerably and they certainly add a lot of curb appeal. In addition, wood windows offer a good insulating factor when they are of high quality and are installed properly. It can assist you in saving money along with the other benefits available.
One consideration for wood windows is the amount of maintenance they require. In some cases, you are going to need to maintain the windows every five or six years. There are paints available that may only need redone every 10 years. If you do so, they will remain beautiful looking and the window will last for quite some time. If wood windows are maintained properly, you may not ever have to replace them again in your lifetime. Of course, if they are not maintained, you may end up with frames that are rotting and require replacement much sooner.
If you are considering installing windows in your home, the best thing you can do is to contact Executive Window Services for more information about services we provide. We can help you to make the right decision regarding the windows installed in your home or place of business are concerned. This will give you an idea of the maintenance that may be involved and how long the window will last.