How long-lasting are uPVC windows?
High-quality windows increase the comfort of your home and ensure your house is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can be a major decision to invest in new windows, and this is often determined whether they provide you with a great return on investment. uPVC double glazed windows are not only excellent thermal and sound insulators, but they also last for a long time. Find out how their performance and life compares to the traditional timber and aluminium frames and why you should invest in this high-quality solution for your New Zealand home.
How long do timber windows last?
Timber windows have historically been the most popular window frame option in New Zealand and are a standard characteristic of older homes across the country. Many enjoy this joinery option because it retains your home’s design and offers thermal qualities with double glazing due to timber’s natural insulating qualities. However, because it is a very high maintenance option, you need to regularly paint the surface and check for any signs of rotting and warping. To avoid any leaks or cold air coming in, you will need to repair or replace the joinery as soon as you notice an issue. If you live in a corrosive environment, such as near the sea or water, this can occur relatively often, and it might be a better idea to choose another option.
Timber windows can last up to 30 years if you regularly maintain and take extra care of them. Because owners often forgot to paint and maintain the joinery, this is often closer to 10 years in reality.
How long do aluminium windows last?
Aluminium windows are another popular option amongst New Zealand homes, especially modern ones that have gone through renovations. Their slim and sleek profile that comes in a wide range of colours and can be made into various shapes is a great design choice. On the other hand, they are the least thermally efficient option on the market, which means that you won’t get full insulation, even if the joinery is double glazed. Pitting and corrosion are also common issues, as well as the corners of the frames pulling away over time. Aluminium windows offer reduced security due to the rubber seal being easy to pull out and thereby simply being able to remove the glass from the outside.
Aluminium windows last around 30 years if you give them the proper maintenance and attention they need.
What about uPVC windows?
uPVC double glazing is the most innovative joinery solution on the market that’s becoming more and more popular across New Zealand. They offer the greatest thermal qualities and will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. uPVC is extremely low maintenance and offers an energy-efficient solution for your home. It has natural insulating qualities and will keep moisture, condensation and noise out of your household. This joinery option doesn’t corrode or warp, and when treated with titanium dioxide, they reflect UV rays.
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 Doors & Windows. 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.