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You have a few choices when it comes to the material of the windows in your home. Wood and aluminum were once the most common choices, but new materials like fiberglass and vinyl are popular and, in a lot of ways, better choices.
Here at Window World of Denver, we believe strongly that vinyl windows provide the most long-term value, and homeowners often ask, “how long do vinyl windows last?” Today, we’ll answer this question in addition to highlighting the pros and cons of other materials.
Vinyl windows have a frame made of vinyl instead of other materials like wood, metal, or fiberglass. Vinyl frames are actually made of PVC, the same material used to make PVC pipes. It’s extremely durable, making it perfect for framing windows.
On average, vinyl windows last between 20-40 years. Their life expectancy depends on the climate and conditions you live in. For instance, if your windows are exposed to harsh sunlight for extended periods of time, the vinyl will break down faster and their lifespan will be closer to 20 years. Windows that are in a shady area will have a longer lifespan.
As we mentioned, one of the biggest benefits of choosing vinyl windows is their durability. But there are a lot more reasons to choose vinyl:
While wood is an effective insulator, wooden windows have a lifespan of 15-20 years, much shorter than vinyl. This is because wood windows are subject to rot, something you don’t have to worry about with any other window material. If longevity and durability are important to you, wood probably isn’t the best option.
If you want the look of wood without the headache, Window World offers interior vinyl windows in colors that mimic light and dark oak. Same beautiful look, none of the maintenance!
Metal window frames are typically constructed from aluminum. It’s very lightweight and is typically much cheaper than other materials. Unfortunately, aluminum is a poor insulator and is easily damaged, especially during storms. For these reasons, we don’t recommend aluminum windows.
Fiberglass windows are often compared to vinyl because of their durability. Even though it is a similar material, fiberglass windows will cost more upfront than vinyl windows. In addition, they’re not as widely available as vinyl and can be harder to install.
How do you know if you need to upgrade to vinyl windows? There are some telltale signs:
At Window World of Denver, we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners upgrade their windows. And when you choose Window World, your new windows will come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, which means even if they do show signs of wear, we’ll replace them at no extra charge. If you’re in the market for replacement windows for your home, or windows for new construction, make us your first choice, and schedule your free estimate today!