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How long do vinyl windows last?

February 29, 2016

Vinyl windows are becoming more popular among homeowners as well as business owners. They are available at reasonable prices and a wide variety of sizes and designs which makes them really versatile too. Of course, whenever you invest in your home, it’s always a good idea to know how long your investment will last. The more durable the product, the greater the value for money.

When you purchase new windows, you need to make sure that you buy them from a reputable manufacturer. They should come with a warranty and the length of this warranty is often indicative of the quality. A higher quality window will usually cost more but it will prove more reliable too.

How Long Should My Windows Last?
The average life expectancy of vinyl windows ranges from 20 to 40 years. The lifespan of the product will depend on several factors including where the window is located. Windows that are almost constantly exposed to the harsh rays of the sun won’t last as long as those in shaded areas. If your summers are particularly hot, the extreme heat can affect the lifespan of the window. Another important factor to consider is window maintenance. The more attention you pay to the maintenance of your windows (both inside and out), the longer they will last.

What Kind of Warranty Can I Look For?
Most vinyl windows come with a warranty of at least 15 years. It’s important to understand the terms and conditions applied to these warranties since some components may not be fully covered. You also cannot expect your window to be covered against accidental damage or negligent behaviour for example.

How Can I Make My Windows Last Longer?
There are many important steps to follow when maintaining your vinyl windows. The first thing you need to remember is to keep your windows clean. As dirt builds up on your windows, it can damage the exterior as well as the working components that allow the windows to open and close properly. Dirt can get inside all the grooves and this can affect the way the windows function.
Windows that are exposed to excessive amounts of harsh UV rays should be shaded. This will help prevent cracking and it will also help keep your windows cool which can make your windows that much more energy efficient in terms of keeping your home cool in summer.
It’s important that you inspect your windows before the winter and once the winter comes to an end. Check for any potential problems and have them tended to sooner rather than later. If you notice that your window is starting to stick or they are not closing as tightly as they should, you may need to replace some parts for the sake of keeping the rest of the window components intact.

Contact our expert team at Alma Windows and Doors at (416) 661-9915) to find out more about our extensive range of top quality vinyl windows. We will even visit your home to provide you with a free estimate and any other information you may need.

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