When you are considering a home remodeling project, one important aspect to consider is durability. When you replace your windows, for instance, how long will it take before you need to replace them again? This will be key for you to have an accurate understanding of the value of your project.
A part of your window’s durability over time will be determined by what material the frame is made of. Popular choices include aluminum, wood, and vinyl. Aluminum is a strong structural material, allowing aluminum windows to last a very long time. The window itself can last 30-40 years before requiring replacement. Wood is a traditional choice for window frames, as many homeowners love the classic look. Your average wooden window lasts 10-20 years. Vinyl is an outstanding material for building windows. It is almost completely maintenance free, which our customers love, since maintenance is a headache when the windows are high or out of reach.
The material your window is made of determines a portion of its reliability over time. The build-quality determines the remainder of your window’s durability and longevity. U-factor is a measure of your window’s thermal efficiency. Remember, lower is better. The lower your U-factor, the better built your windows are, and that will help keep your utility bills down! While durability can be hard to measure, it is easier to look at the warranty. For instance, we install Value Windows, and their lifetime warranty is a clear statement of confidence in the product. If your window warps in 50 years or beyond, you don’t have to worry about it.
It’s easy to work backward from when your house was built to determine when your windows need to be replaced. Once you know that, you have everything you need to make a great and economical addition to your home.