When you’re considering the best kinds of replacement windows for your home, there are many factors to consider. You’ll probably want windows that integrate seamlessly with your home’s existing style, for example, and those that work best for your particular climate. You’ll no doubt want windows with both aesthetic appeal and the ability to regulate your home’s temperature. But, perhaps most importantly, you’ll want your new windows to be durable and long-lasting.
Long-lasting windows are important for a number of reasons—some immediately obvious, and others less so. Let’s talk about why you’ll want to purchase the most durable windows you can afford.
Return on Investment: The best kinds of windows will provide you with the most significant return on your investment. Dependable windows from a reputable brand such will increase the value of your home. If you decide to put your house on the market, durable windows that are still in good condition can help you sell it more quickly and maximize your profit.
Time to Replacement: It’s pretty obvious that the more durable your windows are, the longer you can enjoy them before needing to spend the money to replace them again. How long should windows last? Quality windows should last 20 to 25 years, possibly more, provided they are properly installed and maintained. Cheaply made or carelessly installed windows, however, might fail much sooner, perhaps as soon as three to five years after installation.
Temperature Regulation: Windows that are well constructed and made from quality materials will keep too-hot and too-cold air from entering your home, as well as prevent heated or cooled air inside your house from escaping, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.
Preventing Premature Failure: Long-lasting windows that are constructed of durable, high-quality materials solve half of the equation. But equally important is ensuring those windows are installed by trained, experienced professionals. George J Keller and Sons, for example, has worked with the biggest names in the industry (Andersen Windows, Marvin Windows, Pella) for decades, so we know how to ensure these quality windows are properly and tightly fitted to your home. Without quality construction and careful installation, window can experience water and air leaks and seal failures. They can become difficult or impossible to open. Unsightly condensation may form between the panes.
Ease of Use: Depending on where those windows are located, you may also need to consider durability as an important factor for ease of use. When your window serves as a form of emergency egress, this one becomes particularly important. You don’t want a window to become hard to open, which could make it difficult or impossible to use as an escape during a fire or other emergency. In addition, you don’t want the window to be so loose in its frame that it won’t remain in an open position, as this could cause serious injury.
It’s clear then, that durability should be an important factor to consider when choosing new windows. What are the best, most durable kinds of windows? Vinyl, wood-clad, composite, and fiberglass windows are all great choices, but quality can vary wildly from one manufacturer to the next. We suggest choosing windows made by a well-known, trusted window maker with whom we have a longstanding professional relationship.
Equally important to choosing the best kinds of windows, as we mentioned, is working with a reputable installation company that has experience with the brand you’ve chosen. By carefully selecting high-quality materials suited to your home and climate, you’ll benefit from beautiful, durable, long-lasting replacement windows that you can enjoy for years to come. Have more questions about what windows make the best sense for you? Please give us a call today at 973-927-0963 and we’ll answer all your window questions.