When you are looking to replace your windows, you want to make sure that your investment is going to last you a while. It doesn’t make sense to pay for new windows if you’re just going to have to replace them every couple years. There are a couple factors that contribute to the lifespan of your windows, including the materials the window is made out of and the quality of the windows in general. In this article we will go over the best materials and quality ratings to ensure you are getting the most out of your replacement windows.
The material that makes up the frame of the window have a large impact on the lifespan of the window itself. While some choices may be more aesthetically pleasing, or vary in cost, you are going to want to go with the option that gives you the most out of your windows. The most common options for window frames are aluminum, vinyl, and wood. We have made a list of a couple things to keep in mind about each material.
Aluminum is a very durable material, and it lasts a very long time. This is good news if you are looking for your windows to have a long lifespan. On the other hand, it has very bad insulation properties. This means more air is going to escape out of your window and as a result it is going to cause your heating/cooling system to work harder to maintain the current temperature. Over time, you will start paying more for your energy bill resulting in higher costs for your windows. This is why we do not recommend using aluminum window frames. However, if you do choose this route the actual window frame itself can last up to 40 years.
Wood is a very traditional option when it comes to window frames. They give a very classic look to the home, and are especially popular in older homes. The average wooden window lasts 10- 20 years but they do require a lot of maintenance. The maintenance consists of cleaning the frame, sanding and sealing, and also caulking the gaps in the frame that appear overtime. If you fall behind on this maintenance than your window frames could warp, drastically reducing the lifespan of the window.
We recommend that you choose vinyl for your replacement window needs. Vinyl is both efficient and durable, which both aluminum and wooden frames lack. Vinyl windows are also very customize able, having the ability to be manufactured to match any color. Another positive is that it is very low maintenance, which is good for the average homeowner. Overall vinyl is the best option to go with for a variety of reasons.
Window Quality Metrics
While the materials that make up your window are very important, another vital aspect is how well they perform. This can also determine the lifespan of your windows.
As discussed in a previous blog post, this is the measurement of your windows thermal efficiency. The lower the score is the better it is at keeping heat inside the home. This means you are going to be spending less money on your energy bill because your windows are energy efficient.
The best way to ensure that your windows will only need to be purchased once is to make sure that they come with a warranty. Since it can be hard to measure durability in some cases, your safest option would be to have a warranty. HR40 windows have a lifetime warranty to ensure that they will last as long as your home does.