Replacement windows are installed in an existing wall or ceiling opening to replace an old window. As weather and external elements beat down on your windows, they become loose and drafty. They need replacement to continue protecting your home. When you replace old windows, you’ll be able to enhance your home’s curb appeal wile also taking advantage of modern technology. Window manufacturers now emphasize energy efficiency to help cut down the cost of heating and cooling.
When is it the Right Time to Install Replacement Windows?
The lifespan of your home windows depends on the material they are made of. Below is a rough estimate of how long window replacements last.
- Aluminum: 15-20 years
- Double pane: 8-20 years
- Skylights: 10-20 years
- Window glazing: 10+ years
- Vinyl windows: 20 to 40 years
- Wood: 30+ years
Obviously when a window accidentally breaks, it’s time to replace it. But it’s not the only situation that requires repair or replacement. Two common issues that could force you to replace your windows are:
Condensation. In double-pane windows, the space in between is filled with air or inert gas. As the window is exposed to varying temperatures, the gas and the seal both expand and contract. Over time, the seal breaks down and creates moisture from the outside air. This moisture can cause condensation, making your window look foggy.
Damage or malfunction. When you notice warping, rotting, or broken hardware, it’s time to replace your window. Skylights are the most vulnerable to abuse – cooked by the sun, cooled at night, and battered by nature.
How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows
The most important factor to consider when replacing windows is durability. How long will it take before you need to replace your windows again?
The most popular choices in window material are aluminum, wood and vinyl. Here are the pros and cons of each type.
Aluminum Replacement Windows
Aluminum is a highly versatile and incredibly durable material for replacing windows. It does not rust or rot even with the presence of moisture. However, its below-par insulation performance means you need to spend more for cooling and heating your home. Aluminum windows can last from 15 to 30 years before requiring another replacement.
Wood Replacement Windows
Wood is a classic choice for window frames. They are easy to find in custom shapes and are thermally efficient. Wooden windows last an average of 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance. The main disadvantage of wood is upkeep. Windows made of wood are prone to rot and warping so you have to regularly repaint and reseal.
Vinyl replacement windows
Vinyl is a popular material for replacing windows. Durable and efficient, it can match any color trim and sometimes even mimic natural wood. Vinyl does not require painting so it is maintenance-free. The downside to vinyl is that it expands and contracts a lot, making it vulnerable in high-heat situations. Vinyl windows can last from 20 to 40 years.
Tips on Buying Replacement Windows
Apart from frame material, there are a few characteristics that determine how long a replacement window lasts.
Modern windows are now built with two or more layers of glass. The process of double or triple glazing involves injecting argon or krypton gas into the space between panes. This makes the window more soundproof and energy efficient. Note that triple glazed windows are heavier so they may not easily fit into a standard window frame.
The U-factor is a way to measure window thermal efficiency. The lower the U-factor means the more money you save on utility bills.
Whether you are outsourcing or installing the window yourself, make sure you look at the warranty. Here at Glass King, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our glass repair jobs.
Builders recommend additional protective layers such as screens, shutters, awnings, and storm windows. These installations increase the thermal efficiency and lifespan of your windows.
For Your Chandler, AZ Window Replacement Needs, Contact Glass King.
Windows are not cheap, especially if you are replacing every window in your home. Based on material, workmanship, and warranty, you should have an idea how long your replacement window will last. Be sure to weigh your options before you make an investment.
Glass King is an expert in home window repair and replacement. We are a BBB-accredited business with A+ rating and decades of experience installing glass windows in Arizona homes. We can help you choose the right window and estimate how long those replacements are expected to last.