For most homeowners, windows constructed out of vinyl (PVC) are more affordable next to costly window options. When you make a window purchase for your home, you want to ensure that your new windows are warranted by the manufacture for a length of time that will justify how much you are spending. Windows that carry a healthy life expectancy will raise your home’s overall value and prevent the need for future window replacements. Here’s what you need to know about vinyl windows.
Average Life Expectancy
Custom vinyl replacement windows can last anywhere between 20 and 40 years. Various factors can contribute to your window life expectancy. Windows that are exposed to bright sunlight, hotter climates, and humid or moist climate has been traditionally known to contribute to window deterioration. On the other hand, windows that are in mild climates and that are well maintained can expect a greater life span.
Even if you have no plans on utilizing your window warranty, it’s an important factor for homeowners to consider when they get their replacement windows. How long a manufacturer is willing to warranty their windows is a strong indication on how long the window is expected to last. Most PVC manufacturers offer a warranty that exceeds 15 years, while some warranties can last up to 25 years. However, these warranties typically require what is known as a reasonable standard of care, which may not apply to harsher climates or windows that haven’t been taken care of.
Increasing Life Expectancy
Fortunately, homeowners can take steps to raise the life expectancy of their vinyl windows to very simple and routine maintenance. Windows that are exposed to harsher conditions and climates can prevent depreciation with protective sealants or shaded from UV rays to prevent cracking. Cleaning should be conducted semi-annually or as instructed by the manufacturer. Like this article? You might enjoy this one too.
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