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How Long Should I Expect My Replacement Windows to Last?

Posted by January 31, 2022 Categories: Replacement Windows

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In this post, you will learn…

  • The different types of replacement windows offered
  • How long your replacement windows should last
  • Which replacement windows last the longest

Navigating the endless options for replacement windows can be tough. You want to choose a durable, beautiful window that will last for years to come. Because replacing windows is an investment, you don’t want to have to worry about buying new windows any time soon. So, you may be wondering, “how long will my new replacement windows last?” or, “which type of window lasts the longest?” Read on to learn about the different styles of replacement windows Stanek offers, how long your vinyl replacement windows should last, and which type of replacement windows last the longest.

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Replacement Windows Options

When it comes to replacement windows, you have a lot of options to choose from. From vinyl to wood to aluminum, the endless choices can easily be overwhelming. Let’s break down your options. Here are the replacement windows that Stanek offers:

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are a great choice for any home, but not all vinyl is created equal. Stanek vinyl windows are technically a hybrid window as they utilize the best uPVC vinyl and a composite structural enhancement material exclusive to Stanek Windows called FIBERMAX®, which enhances durability and longevity. Stanek windows are energy efficient, low-maintenance, affordable, and offered in a variety of, styles, sizes, and colors. Replacement window styles include:

  • Double-hung windows — Double-hung windows have two sashes in a single frame. Both sashes can slide up or down independently to provide ventilation and can tilt in for easy cleaning. Double-hung window sashes remain flush with the wall when the window is open.
  • Sliding windows — Sliding windows have sashes that slide left or right in a single frame and can lift out for easy cleaning. They are available in two configurations, two-lite and three-lite. A two-lite sliding window has two independent sashes that slide horizontally for ventilation and easy cleaning. A three-lite sliding window has two independent sashes on either side of a fixed center sash.
  • Awning and casement windows — Commonly called crank windows because they are opened using a cranking mechanism, casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward, either to the left or to the right. Awning windows open similarly, however, they are hinged at the top. Both are easy to open or shut with the turn of a handle.
  • Custom shape windows — Also referred to as fixed windows or picture windows, custom shape windows don’t open. Fixed windows maximize your view and the amount of light coming into your home. At Stanek Windows, we can customize your fixed windows in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your exact needs and personal style.

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Woodgrain Hybrid Vinyl Windows

Wood replacement windows are beautiful, but they’re expensive, require a lot of maintenance, and are difficult to insulate. Our woodgrain hybrid vinyl windows look just like real wood windows, don’t require regular maintenance, and are energy efficient. They also utilize FIBERMAX®, a composite structural enhancement, which enhances durability and longevity. We even offer window screens with woodgrain finishes for a natural and cohesive look. Available in light oak, medium oak, and walnut, get the beauty and look of wood without ever having to sand, paint, stain, or refinish.

How Long Do Replacement Windows Last?

Quality vinyl windows last about 20 to 40 years, although there are inferior vinyl window products out there that may only last 10 years. Different variables such as heat, direct sunlight, and moisture can negatively affect the lifespan of your windows. If your windows are not constantly exposed to these elements, you can expect your windows to last longer. Additionally, your windows will last longer with routine maintenance and proper care. Maintenance includes shading windows that are exposed to harsh sunlight and cleaning windows following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Do Some Window Types Last Longer Than Others?

Because they’re made with different materials, some windows last longer than others. Here’s how long different window types last:

  • Wood windows — approximately 15 to 20 years
    • Over time, wood windows can rot, warp, splinter
    • Vulnerable to termites
    • Need routine sanding, staining, or painting
  • Aluminum windows — approximately 20 to 25 years
    • Aluminum windows are prone to damage and dents. If you live in an area that’s prone to harsh weather like hurricanes or hail, you may need to have your windows replaced more often.
    • Aluminum windows can corrode if not treated properly or are exposed to extremely harsh environments.
  • Fiberglass windows — up to 50 years
    • Most expensive option
    • Aren’t as readily available as vinyl windows

Stanek Replacement Windows are Built to Last

At Stanek Windows, we offer distinctive premium hybrid vinyl windows with superior quality and performance. We design, manufacture, install, guarantee, and service every custom window. Stronger and more durable than most, our windows are easy to care for and are competitively priced. Compare our windows to our competitors to see the difference.

Interested in replacing your windows? Schedule your free,in-home estimate, or give us a call at 1-800-230-8301 for more information. You can also visit our window buying resource center for helpful downloads.