How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last?
The exact lifespan of vinyl windows varies depending on the climate where they are installed, the conditions that they endure on a regular basis, and how well they are maintained. However, on average, vinyl windows can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years.
Vinyl vs. Other Common Window Materials
Vinyl is one of the most durable window frame materials, and generally outlasts most other windows. For example, wood windows typically last 15 to 20 years, while aluminum windows can last 20 to 25 years. However, aluminum windows are prone to damage from hail, hurricanes, and blowing debris, so their lifespans are often shorter in real-world conditions. Fiberglass is the only common window material that lasts longer than vinyl, with a typical lifespan of around 50 years. But, like wood, fiberglass is significantly more expensive than vinyl.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Vinyl Windows
Like most things, vinyl windows last longer if they are properly installed and maintained. Here are a few ways to increase how long your vinyl windows will last:
- If your vinyl windows are installed in direct, prolonged sunlight, add a shade mechanism (awning, shade trees, etc.) wherever possible to help prevent fading and cracking.
- Clean and inspect your vinyl windows semi-annually, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Apply protective sealants as needed in particularly harsh climates.
While it won’t necessarily extend how long your vinyl windows last, be sure to choose windows that are backed by a solid lifetime warranty. That way, if anything does go wrong with your vinyl windows, your investment will be protected.
Learn More About Vinyl Windows
Contact us at NewSouth Window Solutions today to learn more about vinyl windows. We’ll be happy to discuss the best options for your home and answer any questions you may have. We also invite you to visit one of our many conveniently located showrooms throughout the South to see our vinyl windows in action.