Lots of homeowners and contractors have a variety of choices to explore when it comes to enhancing the durability and quality of the available windows. You can settle for simple, low-budget fixes like replacing weather stripping or installing window films, or more capital-intensive solutions that require you to replace the whole window with a new one.
How long can you expect a new window installation to last? Although you don’t necessarily have to wait for your windows to be extremely drafty to consider a replacement, it is still important to have an idea of how long your investment will last before it needs replacing again.
You should continue to patch your windows annually, install caulking and insulation, and make a variety of other temporary repairs, for around 15-25 years. Yet inevitably, the entire device would need to be replaced. Most window design experts believe that, before you start talking about replacing windows, a new, quality window will last for 15 and 20 years. Most vinyl window manufacturing firms also offer a 20-25 year warranty which is effectively a lifetime warranty.
Does the damage window frame need a repair too?
A damaged window frame is not only unattractive but also jeopardizes the isolation, siding, and heating and air conditioning efficiency. You are going to welcome small vermin and insects through the cracks. Some kinds of damage to the window should be repaired immediately, such as those that can be covered with new weatherstripping or hardware replacement. But a sash or frame of a bent, broken, or damaged window should be replaced instead of repaired.
Challenges occur mostly when you have windows with double or triple panes. Condensation is trapped between the window panes, usually from a scarcely visible gap or hole. When your double-pane windows have gas as well, the fog-like appearance may also mean that the gas leaked. So once your regular double-paned window begins to leak, you should consider replacing it.
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