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When you spend money on your new replacement windows, you want them to last as long as it is possible. More years your windows last, more interest you can get from your investment. So before you schedule replacement window appointment. Ask yourself which windows last longer?
To figure out that, let us compare window durability:
The most popular window material these days is vinyl. It does not rust or corrode, does not peel, chip or warp. Vinyl replacement windows are made to last. With fusion welded frames and double strength glass. Once you replaced these windows, they are virtually maintenance free. You don't have to do much.
Traditional wood windows have natural beauty and warmth. They come with many drawbacks though or liabilities. When you install wood windows into your house, you should remember that wood rot, chip and warp. To prevent this to happen, you should regularly maintain these windows. Paint them at least every three to five years. If you skip painting on a regular basis, the micro cracks in paint will allow water to penetrate wood. So all in all wood windows nice to have, but at one condition. You have to love painting or will have to be willing to pay to a pro.
Fiber Glass Windows
This is another durable replacement window option to have. Like vinyl, these windows do not rot, warp or chip. Fiber glass windows are resistant to the most harsh weather conditions. They are made from the material, that does not expand in summer or contract in winter. The biggest drawback of these windows is that they are more expensive than wood or vinyl. So if you can afford it, you should definitely go with fiber glass replacement windows.
When deciding what replacement windows to install into your house. Consider your budget and maintenance tolerance. No doubt about it, fiberglass windows are the best to have, both money wise and maintenance wise. These windows can last 30-50 years. But vinyl windows can provide you good value as well. Cheaper to replace and low maintenance, usually these windows last 25-35 years. Wood windows can last more than 50 years. But you should maintain them religiously. Otherwise you may have problems with them after 10-15 years.