Homeowners always want the best type of everything for their property. A robust roof, attractive siding, an HVAC system that works efficiently, and windows that are visually appealing as well as functional. A functional window keeps UV rays out, insulates the home properly, and helps resists the harshest of weather conditions.
Since so much is expected from windows, what is their average life expectancy, and can you do anything to make them last as long as possible?
The Life Expectancy of Windows
Not all windows are created the same. Some are double-paned, some are hurricane resistant, some are made with fiberglass, while others are insulated. Therefore, their lifespan will depend on their materials. That being said, if you know what type of windows you have in your home, you can get an accurate range for their life expectancy.
- Double-paned windows can last up to 20 years.
- Aluminum windows can last up to 30 years.
- Fiberglass windows can last up to 40 years.
Now, “up to X years” means there’s a possibility the windows might not last that entire time. This is where proper maintenance comes in. There are several things you can do to ensure that they last toward the higher end of that range, such as:
Install a Humidistat
This is especially important in a state as humid as Texas. A clear indication that there’s too much humidity inside your home is seeing condensation in your window panes. This is a device that allows you to regulate indoor humidity by adjusting it according to seasons. Not only will this be beneficial to keep your windows in top shape, it’ll also reduce the likelihood of additional issues brought on by humid conditions, such as mold.
Wash Them Regularly
Have you ever tried to open a window or sliding door, only to discover that it’s jammed? It’s frustrating and also preventable. These jams are caused by dust and dirt buildup. Clean the tracks with a dry brush, then pressure wash the panes.
How do you provide maintenance to windows other than washing them? Glad you asked! You can do so by inspecting them closely to see if you notice any cracks on the glass, or calk that has broken off around the frames.
Improve Your Home’s Appearance with Help From Allied Siding & Windows
If you’re a Texas resident and your windows need professional attention, let Allied Siding & Windows help! We are a proud James Hardie® Elite Preferred Contractor, therefore, you’ll know you’re working with one of the best window installers in the industry. Contact us for more information about our services or stop by one of our showrooms in Austin, Dallas, or Houston!