How long do uPVC windows last?
Investing in new windows can be a big decision that is often determined by how long the specific windows will last and whether they give their owner a sufficient return on investment. You want to make sure that they give you a warm, insulated and quiet home while also being durable and of high quality. uPVC double glazed windows have excellent thermal insulator qualities and offer a range of added benefits that will create a comfortable home. Find out how long these windows last compared to the traditional timber and aluminium frames and why you should invest in them for your New Zealand home.
How long do timber windows last?
Timber windows retain your home’s characteristics and offer thermal qualities with double glazing, as timber is a natural insulator. They have historically been the most popular joinery option in New Zealand and can be found in many older homes across the country. Timber is a very high maintenance window frame option, which means that you will regularly need to paint and check for any signs of rotting or warping. You will need to change the joinery to avoid any leaks or cold air coming in as soon as you notice an issue. This can occur relatively often if you live in homes that are located in corrosive environments, such as near sea or other water, so it may be a better idea to choose another option.
If you regularly maintain and take care of your timber windows, they can last up to 30 years. In reality, this is often closer to 10 years, as owners often forget to paint them or check for any sign of damage.
How long do aluminium windows last?
Aluminium windows can often be found on modern homes, as they have a slim and sleek profile that comes in a wide colour range and can be made into various shapes. However, they are the least thermally efficient option on the market, which means that cold air will get into your home even if your aluminium windows are double glazed. Pitting and corrosion are also common issues with this option, as well as the corners of the frames pulling away over time. They offer reduced security, as the rubber seal is easy to pull out, making the glass simple to remove from the outside. Several homes still have aluminium windows, but many are moving away from it in New Zealand.
If you give your aluminium windows the proper care and attention, they can last around 30 years.
What about uPVC windows?
uPVC with double glazing offers the greatest thermal qualities on the market and will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This modern window joinery solution has become a very popular option in recent years due to its low maintenance and energy efficiency. Due to its natural insulation, it reduces moisture and condensation within your home and has excellent soundproofing qualities. uPVC doesn’t corrode or warp, and if they are treated with titanium dioxide, they reflect UV rays. Their internal steel structure makes them strong and rigid.
uPVC windows last over 40 years if taken the right care of, so you know you will enjoy their benefits for a long time coming.
If you would like to invest in this high-quality solution, get in touch with Eco Hamilton. We can support you from the selection right through to installation and ensure that your home gets the greatest benefits from this high-performing joinery option.