Have you taken a serious look at your windows lately? Do you feel a slight draft when you stand near your window? Or have you thought about finding ways to keep heat bills in check? If you’ve been paying more attention to your windows and wonder what’s in store for them, you might be asking, “How long do windows last?”
So, How Long Do Windows Last?
Unfortunately, windows are not designed to last forever. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) conducted a test to determine the average life expectancy of various home components, including windows. Even the highest quality brands installed by professionals eventually weaken or breakdown.
Here is what InterNACHI found :
- The average lifespan of a residential window is 15 to 20 years.
- With regular maintenance and under normal wear-and-tear, vinyl windows should be expected to last an average of 20 to 40 years.
- Well-maintained products may last beyond the 20-year mark, but once your windows start approaching 20 years old, it’s time to think about replacing them and evaluating their effectiveness.
How Long Do Skylights Last?
Many people think that skylights are a luxury addition. But the truth is that most homes would benefit from at least one skylight. They help bring in natural light without compromising privacy and lower energy bills.
Skylights last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, according to InterNACHI.
What Causes Windows to Fail?
A window’s lifespan will depend on several factors, including where it is located. Windows that are almost constantly exposed to the sun’s harsh rays won’t last as long as those in shaded areas. The climate in which your home is located also can have a significant impact on windows’ lifespan. For example, an InterNACHI study determined that vinyl windows in coastal areas that are subjected to corrosive saltwater spray last an average of 10 to 30 years, rather than the nationwide average of 20 to 40 years.
Is It Time for Window Replacement?
If you need help deciding if it’s time to replace your windows, check out our blog: ”How to Tell if You Need New Windows.” We detail all the signs you need to look for in a failing window.
If you decide window replacement is in your near future, contact us or call (920) 233-3333 . We will get you information on the brands we sell. We can also schedule an estimate.