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Window Replacement Longevity

Answered by Brett ~ September 14, 2010 ~ No Comments

Some double pane wood windows in the Greensboro, South Carolina home that we built in 1985 have started to leak air. What is the expected life of today's ENERGY STAR replacement vinyl windows?

Sal K. ~ Greensboro, South Carolina

Brett Kulina

Sal, as a general rule of thumb, you can expect to get about 20 years of good service from most vinyl replacement windows. Obviously, the quality of the manufacturing makes all the difference, and while some brands of windows will remain problem-free for longer than 20 years, there are many poorly made vinyl windows which can start to fail after just a few. The abundance of online complaints, and compliments, about vinyl windows is a testament to the varying quality of windows available today.

I always recommend that homeowners purchase above-average grade windows for their homes, knowing that there can be a huge difference in the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship when you compare an entry level window with a premium window. It is also important to purchase your windows from company which has a good reputation in the industry and a long track record of warrantying their products. The same can be said when hiring a window installer, as it is always wise to work with a reputable contractor who will stand by his work and warranty his installation.

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