When thinking of windows in your home, it is typical to think that windows are a way to bring light in and to see outside. It is also a protection against elements like wind, rain and UV rays. But, unfortunately, windows don’t last forever and eventually need to be replaced due to weather, wear and tear, and aging.
Windows typically last anywhere from 10 to 40 years. How long your windows last depends on the type and quality of the window materials. There are usually three types of materials used in windows for your home. These include:
- Wood. Wood is known for its longevity and is most commonly used for windows.
- Fiberglass. Fiberglass is low maintenance and has strength and durability.
- Vinyl. Vinyl is cost-efficient and built with non-corrosive compounds to promote strength against warping and weather changes.
Weather also plays a large part in the longevity of your home’s windows. Heat can cause window frames to expand and cold weather causes window frames to contract. Mid-South weather tends to have extreme heat and humidity during summer months and cold, wet weather during winter months.
For instance, there are 57.2 days annually when the high temperature in Memphis is over 90 degrees, making it one of the hottest places in Tennessee. The annual rainfall in Memphis is approximately 54.1 inches with December being the wettest month. These weather patterns can adversely affect the condition and longevity of your windows. The Pella Lifestyle Series is a great choice for homes in the Memphis area — exceptional performance and solutions for real-life right here in the Mid-South.
Sunlight can also affect the life of your windows with UV light, causing wear and tear. Windows facing the sun may require replacement before windows that do not.
Some signs that your windows need to be replaced include the following:
- Obviously damaged or deteriorating window frames
- Windows are hard to open and close or not open at all
- Air or water leaks into your home from around your windows
- Fogging or condensation appears between the windowpanes
- Reduced efficiency leading to higher utility bills
When thinking about replacement windows for energy efficiency, there are several options. Dual or triple panes of glass in your windows can maintain climate control. Double pane windows offer effective insulation against cold and heat. Triple pane windows protect against the elements, cuts down on convection currents, moisture and drafts, as well as offering extra protection against outside sounds and additional break-in protection.
Contact your local Pella Branch to get started working with a professional today!