One of the most common questions window companies are asked is how to choose windows that stand the test of time. After all, replacing windows on your residential or commercial property is a big investment, and you want to get the best value.
The first thing you should do is consider the type of structure you have. If you own a historical home, replacing old wooden windows with newly crafted ones is likely the best choice for aesthetics. If you own a mid-century home with custom windows, go with wood or vinyl if the frame color blends well with the house.
However, if you have an average home constructed in the past 20-30 years, you can probably choose from any of the materials below. Your preferred window installation company can help guide you in the right direction.
4 Factors for Choosing Long-Lasting Windows
· Frame. The framing on your new windows plays a big part in how long your windows hold a good seal that helps protect you from the elements. Wood windows of quality material can last for decades but not without regular monitoring for rot or maintenance.
Vinyl frames are highly weather-resistant and don’t require much maintenance other than cleaning. They generally last for 15-20 years.
Fiberglass is a long-lasting material as it resists rot from wet weather, doesn’t rust, and won’t warp in hot climates. Fiberglass frames can last 30-40 years.
· Features. Each type of material has benefits. Wood provides unmatched beauty and is the easiest to have customized for oversized windows and oddly shaped windows. It instantly gives your home an upscale look and excellent curb appeal.
Vinyl is durable and doesn’t require staining, painting, or sanding. It resists warping, and the color won’t peel. It is available in many colors, and you must wipe them down with a soapy cloth to clean them.
Fiberglass is the most durable of all the choices and provides the best protection in extreme weather conditions. Fiberglass won’t warp or shrink with changing temperatures in areas where all four seasons exist. It can, however, cost more than the other material choices.
· Glazing. This item is more important than most people think. The right glazing choice can increase the longevity of your windows. Tempered glass has better tensile strength and will resist cracking. This ensures a good seal on your windows that isn’t easily compromised.
Impact-resistant glass is seen on double-paned windows with a layer of polyvinyl or PVB in between the panes. This is a safety feature that prevents shattering if the panes are cracked.
· Installation. If you have handy friends or are a bit handy yourself, you may think you can watch a few YouTube videos and do the installation yourself. This may adversely affect not only the longevity of your windows but also void your warranty.
Professional window installers are experts at making sure the placement of your windows provides a tight seal, among other things. This will give you the best energy cost savings, weather protection, and safety for your family. There is no substitute for a skilled window installation if you want to maximize the benefits of your investment.
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