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What is the average life expectancy of a vinyl window?
Thursday, June 25, 2020
How long does a vinyl window last?
You can expect a vinyl window to last 20 to 40 years, with an average of 30 years. Vinyl is the most common window type for new construction, but can be prone to warping over time. Some manufacturers offer windows that are a combination of vinyl and fiberglass that are sturdier.
Here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of aluminum windows to other available types.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
Also, our article What is the average life expectancy of windows? includes an overview of the many factors that affect how long a window lasts.
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To learn more about windows, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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