On average, most window products last for about 15 or more years. Superior windows from Renewal by Andersen® can easily last up to 20 years, thanks to high-quality materials, manufacturing and installation. Normally, the advertised lifespan of a replacement window assumes that you will be meeting the minimum maintenance requirements needed to keep the products in good shape.
Caring for your windows to make them last as long as possible is usually about doing things like cleaning and inspections. Sometimes, however, good maintenance is about not doing things to your windows. If you do any of the following things, you should stop immediately.
Using Window Coverings
Picture windows, double-hung windows and other window styles with large glass areas can be prone to condensation problems, particularly during winter. Window coverings do not cause condensation problems per se, but leaving them down for prolonged periods can trap moisture in and near your windows. Over time, this could cause the seals to fail, leading to worse problems down the road.
Neglecting Energy Ratings
It’s good idea to choose windows based on style and design, but our experts recommend taking the time to understand some of the energy efficiency ratings listed for your replacement windows. For example, low-emissivity (low-e) coatings can help reduce solar heat gain, saving you money on your cooling bills during hot seasons. If you have any questions about window ratings, don’t hesitate to ask your contractor for more information.
Keeping Windows Unlocked
Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, it’s still best to lock your windows. Not for safety or protection, but because most window seals work best if the windows are locked shut. Make it a habit to close and lock the latches to reduce the risks of leakage and drafts.
Learn good window habits from our professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Houston, your leading provider of replacement windows and doors. Give us a call at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Houston and other surrounding communities.