For many homeowners, vinyl windows offer an affordable alternative to more expensive window options. When purchasing new windows for your home, it is important to ensure that the windows are warranted by the manufacturer for a length of time that will justify their price. Having a home with windows that carry a significant life expectancy will both increase the value of your home and prevent future replacements that can cost you substantial amounts of money. This article will help homeowners understand the life expectancy that they can expect from new and existing vinyl windows.
Average Life Expectancy
Most vinyl windows last between 20 and 40 years on average. Windows installed in an area exposed to the bright sun for most of the day will not last as long. Heat can also play a role in window deterioration, so hot climates might require more frequent window replacement. Areas with moist air, especially without much sunlight, can subject windows to gradual water damage and harmful microorganisms. On the other hand, windows installed in areas where these conditions are not present can last much longer than average. Further, homeowners that are careful to keep their windows well-maintained can anticipate a greater life expectancy from their investment.
Common Warranty Length
An important consideration when deciding between available window options is the length of time that the manufacturer warrants their windows for. Even if the homeowner does not plan on using the warranty, the amount of time given by the manufacturer for window warranties can be very indicative of a window’s life expectancy. Most vinyl windows carry a manufacturer’s warranty that exceeds 15 years, with some offering warranties as long as 25 years. However, these warranties usually carry terms that expect a reasonable standard of care from the homeowner in order to redeem the warranty. Windows that are not well-maintained, subject to harsh climates, or broken due to intentional damage usually are not covered under manufacturer’s warranties.
Increasing Life Expectancy
Thankfully, homeowners can expect to increase the life expectancy of their windows by simple routine maintenance. Homeowners with windows in harsh conditions should coat their windows with protective sealants to prevent depreciation. Windows exposed to harsh UV rays should be shaded to prevent cracking. Semi-annual cleaning and following the cleaning directions recommended by the manufacturer are usually sufficient to keep vinyl windows lasting well into the future.