A common question we get from homeowners is, “How long will my new windows last?” Unfortunately, the longevity of replacement windows in Seattle, WA isn’t an exact science and it comes down to several factors. Some of those factors are beyond your control like climate, extreme temperature fluctuations, and accidental damage. That said, there are several factors you can control like window frame materials, glazing technologies, professional window installation, and routine cleaning and maintenance that will help prolong the life of your brand new products. Here are a few ways to get the longest-lasting replacement windows:
Window Frame Materials
The window frame largely dictates how strong and durable your new windows will be, as well as how long they are likely to last. Vinyl replacement windows are popular because they are some of the most affordable products on the market. They are also weather-resistant, highly insulting, and low maintenance. The one drawback is the material expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations and this can cause seal failure. For this reason, most vinyl windows only last about 15 to 20 years. Fiberglass windows are more expensive, but they do not rot, chip, fade, rust, or warp. And because the frame material expands and contracts at almost the same rate as glass, these windows are far less likely to develop seal failure. This is why they are likely to last 30 to 40 years or more.
Finding the right glazing options is another way to improve the longevity of your replacement windows. Tempered glass is cut to size, heated to a certain temperature, and rapidly cooled. This boosts the tensile strength so the glass is less likely to break. And if it does break, it shatters into smaller, less dangerous pieces. Another upgrade would be impact resistant glass. This features two glass panes sandwiched around an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). It also improves the strength and durability of the glass, but if this glass breaks it remains largely inside the frame. These types of upgrades can help prevent damage and are good options if you want to prolong the life of your new windows.
Professional Window Installation
Installation is another key factor in making sure your windows last as long as possible. Window installation takes precision, training, and proper tools. One small mistake could cause leaks or early window failure. This is why it is so important to have your windows installed by professionals. They get training directly from the manufacturers and work with window installations every day. They will get the job done right and ensure any warranty you have on the product remains intact.
Routine Cleaning and Maintenance
The last thing you can do is to make sure you know how to take care of your new windows. Regular cleaning and maintenance can add a decade to the lifespan of your products. And with modern materials, most maintenance involves cleaning the frames with water and mild detergent and lubricating the track or hinges with a silicone lubricant.
For more tips on how to find long-lasting replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact Signature Window & Door Replacement.