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How often should you replace windows?

How often should you replace your windows?


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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE WINDOWS?

Discover the expected lifespan of windows and the tell-tale signs that it's time to replace your windows.

How often should you replace windows? How often should you replace your windows?

Home maintenance is an inevitable part of life. There will come a time when certain parts of your home will need to be replaced. This is true about everything from sofas to kitchens, curtains to cutlery and driveways to garden fences. It is also true about your windows. When your windows begin to fail, it can have a seriously negative impact on your standard of living and, if left untreated, can cause damage to your property. So, how long do windows last? Let’s take a closer look.

How long do windows last?

The life expectancy of your windows will depend on several factors. These include the quality of the initial installation, the position of your property (coastal properties, for example, have to withstand more severe weather conditions and the salt air can cause premature deterioration to a property's exterior), and the standard of the window.

The material of your windows is also an important part of their potential longevity. On average, uPVC windows should last for at least 20 years when professionally installed. uPVC windows installed before the turn of the century, however, will not provide the required performance levels expected today so will probably need replacing. Aluminium windows are slightly stronger than uPVC windows and generally last for around 25 years. Timber windows can last upwards of 50 years but will require more maintenance (sanding, repainting etc) over the life span of the window.

Signs that my windows need replacing

Knowing the best time to replace your windows is essential. There' no point replacing your entire window unit if you have a loose handle or the exterior is slightly faded. Certain window problems can easily be fixed by a glazing specialist or competent diyer. When your windows do need replacing, however, it's a good idea to replace then as soon as possible to avoid any problems which could prove more costly in the long term. To help you decide whether it's time to replace your windows or not, here are some tell-tale signs that your windows need replacing.

  • Draughts and cold spots around your window – Around 30% of a property's heat is lost through poorly performing windows. When the seal around your windows fails, it is difficult to replace it and achieve the required levels of insulation. If you've noticed draughts around your windows, then heat is escaping from your home, causing you to use more energy to heat your home, therefore costing you more money on your energy bills and increasing your energy efficiency use which has negative environmental consequences.
  • Condensation on the interior window pane – Interior condensation, particularly in the morning, is a certain sign that your windows are failing. If the condensation is between the two panes of double glazing, the window has blown and will no longer be insulating your home. Condensation problems should be addressed immediately. If left untreated, the water on your windows can lead to problems with damp and mould which can potentially cause structural damage to your property and has been linked to health problems.
  • Faded areas on curtains, wall coverings and furniture near your windows – If you've noticed a faded patch on a window seat, curtain, carpet or wallpaper close to your window, this has probably been caused by the sun's UV rays penetrating through your windowpane. Older windows did not use UV protection technology like their modern counterparts. By upgrading your window you'll protect your home's interior from further sun damage.
  • Problems opening and closing your windows – When your windows start to stick and become difficult to open and close it is at the least inconvenient and in the worst-case scenario, can be a safety risk. It is sometimes possible to adjust your windows to rectify the problem but if your windows have become warped or expanded over time (particularly likely with old wood windows) they will need replacing.

The older your windows are, the more likely you've noticed at least one of the signs above. If your windows are over 20 years old, it's a good idea to have a closer look at them to assess their condition and decide whether it's time for an upgrade.

Benefits of replacing my windows

Although replacing your windows might seem like a necessary evil which you'd prefer to avoid, there are, in fact, many benefits to a window replacement. When you upgrade your windows with modern high performing ones, like those we install at Everest, you'll enjoy lots of benefits you may not have expected.

Modern windows are designed to meet extremely strict regulations. All new windows must achieve at least a C energy rating. At Everest, all our double glazed windows achieve at least an A energy efficiency rating. This means that you'll enjoy a warmer home and save money on reduced heating bills. Modern windows also provide higher levels of security than older ones. A window upgrade can help to protect your home from any attempts at forced entry and give you peace of mind that your home is safe. New windows also look great. With a plethora of customisation options, you'll enhance the appearance of your home and make it more attractive from the inside and out.

Replacing your windows is also a great financial investment. Property experts suggest that replacing your windows can add up to 10% to the market value of your home. This is brilliant news whether you're thinking of putting your home on the market or making an investment for the future.

If you think that it's time for your home to have a window upgrade, contact Everest today. For more information about our range of high performing windows, call 0808 302 5055 or contact us online.

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