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What Is the Average Life Expectancy of Replacement Windows?

Replacement windows are an investment. You want them to last and maintain their like-new condition for as long as possible. Depending on the style of your home and your price point, the material you choose will play a significant role in that, along with sun and moisture exposure. At 1-800-HANSONS, we want our customers to make informed decisions when it comes to the materials in their homes. Here is the average life expectancy of the most common kinds of replacement windows.

The Lifespan of Aluminum, Vinyl, and Wood Replacement Windows

The three most common replacement window materials are: aluminum (and aluminum-clad), vinyl, and wood.  

  • Aluminum and aluminum-clad replacement windows will last a homeowner between 15-20 years with little to no maintenance.
  • Vinyl replacement windows will ideally last between 20 to 40 years, depending on the individual home.
  • Wood replacement windows will last a homeowner 30 years or more, as long as they’re taken care of. They are easily repaired and maintained, but require repeated painting and sealing over time to keep them in their best state.

How to Increase the Lifespan of Replacement Windows

While we know the beauty of brand new windows, we also know that spending money unnecessarily is unwise. That’s why understanding the actions that shorten the lifespan of your replacement windows will help you reach 15 years and beyond.

For starters, excessive sun and moisture are not a window’s friend. The overhang from your roof should help with these elements. But, if you need new windows in areas with heavy sun exposure, keep this in mind when choosing the material. Additionally, wood windows (even well-maintained ones) will not last as long if they’re continually exposed to water, either from weather or from things like built-in sprinklers. Pressure washing windows can break the airtight seal between the frame and glass, causing windows to fog and warrant replacement.

Always have a trusted professional install your replacement windows; faulty installation can make the windows operate incorrectly, causing stress that will lead to the breakdown of your windows long before they should.

Trust 1-800-HANSONS With Your Replacement Windows

At 1-800-HANSONS, we offer highly rated replacement windows of all shapes and sizes. They’re sure to compliment any home and budget. Request a FREE estimate today to find the perfect replacement windows for your home!