Even with the new materials that modern windows are made of, there comes a time when a home’s windows must be replaced. Knowing when to replace windows can save homeowners so much money in utility expenses and prevent a loss of comfort in the house.
However, windows are one of those home renovations that can last a long time. How long do windows typically last in Glenview, IL?
How Long Do Windows Last?
Depending on the type of window in your home, windows can last between 20 to 50 years. Other factors like the materials around the glass determine how sustainable the window is.
The glass of a window alone is usually covered for 20 years in a warranty. However, that depends on what happens to the window. If the glass is damaged, the sash with the glass shards or the entire window may be replaced.
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Many window warranties are separated into two parts: glass coverage and coverage for the other parts of the window. The glass of a window is usually covered for 20 years. If some brands offer glass warranties for less than ten years, avoid those types of warranties.
Reputable brands offer window warranties of 20 years and up. It is also essential to search for warranties that cover the labor to install any window replacement parts. Some warranties cover the replacement parts but do not cover the work required to install them.
The Lifespan of Different Window Materials
The materials that the window is composed of also determine how long the windows will last. Aluminum windows, for example, can last for up to 20 to 25 years. Vinyl windows can also last between 20 to 40 years.
Although many homeowners love wood windows for their aesthetic, they have a shelf life of 15 to 20 years. One of the longer-lasting windows is fiberglass, with a shelf life of up to 50 years.
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What Are the Signs It’s Time to Replace the Windows?
Some of the signs that a window needs to be replaced are apparent wear and tear and condensation. If a homeowner starts to notice beads of water forming between the glass panes, that could signify that the air-tight seal has weakened.
Another sign that it’s time to replace the windows is when it becomes more difficult to open them. If the window’s pulleys fail to work or the window begins to close by itself, it may be time to replace the windows.
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Are you looking to replace the windows in your Glenview, IL home? If so, Opal Exteriors is the best team for your home improvement needs. We offer our customers the best lifetime labor warranty for their windows. If we install it, it is guaranteed to have a labor warranty.
Call one of our offices in Illinois to schedule an appointment for an estimate, or complete a contact form today. Our experienced team of installers will ensure that your project is handled professionally from start to finish.