Maybe you’ve been in your home for a decade or two. Maybe you just purchased your home and are wondering how long the windows will last. Either way, considering the costs of new windows and other factors, the decision to get replacement windows installed can be a big one.

You don’t want to replace your windows unnecessarily, but old, worn-out windows can be drafty and allow moisture to enter the home. Figuring out how often windows should be replaced is key.

Look at the Lifespan of Your Windows

A big part of what impacts the lifespan of a window is the material used in the window frame. Some materials are more durable and resilient than others. Plus, many windows will feature extremely long-lived frame materials, but they eventually need replacement due to the seals failing or other components wearing out.

Here’s a quick look at when you should replace certain types of windows:

  • Wood Windows: A classic though pricey material, wood window frames and sashes can last for several decades if properly maintained. You may have to replace the glazing after 20 years or so.
  • Aluminum Windows: Since it resists rust and corrosion, aluminum is also incredibly long-lived, though it is more prone to damage from impacts and scratches. Most aluminum windows should last 20 to 25 years.
  • Vinyl Windows: The lifespan of vinyl windows is a bit broader (between 20 and 40 years) because this material can break down faster in heat and humidity. Luckily, the climate of Seattle is more temperate!
  • Fiberglass Windows: This new frame material is estimated to last up to 50 years before needing replacement, probably due to seal failure, but the frame might still be in good condition and last even longer!

Grab a Precise Price Estimate for Replacement Windows in Seattle

If your windows have outlived their usefulness, then you can get them replaced by the experts at Harley Exteriors. We provide strong and long-lasting Olympic Series Windows in a range of styles. Give us a call to set up a free home consultation right away. Or you can fill in our online form to request a complimentary cost estimate for any of our home remodeling services.