How long do uPVC windows last?

One of the questions we are asked most often is how long do uPVC windows last?

The short answer is that uPVC windows typically last anywhere between ten and 35 years. This seems like a vague answer but there are several factors that will affect how long your windows last.

If you live near the coast or in the city, for example, the environment will take its toll. You are probably used to things taking a battering and needing to be replaced more often. The same is true of your windows.

There’s also maintenance to take into consideration. uPVC windows that are well-maintained will typically last longer than ones that aren’t.

As a rule of thumb, in a typical environment, you can expect well-maintained windows to last for 20 years, perhaps longer.

The next question people have after ‘how long do uPVC windows last?’ is ‘how can I make uPVC windows last longer?’

How can you make uPVC windows last longer?

You can make uPVC windows last longer by keeping them well-maintained. Our blog How to clean uPVC windows has more on this. You should also check locks, hinges and handles regularly to make sure they are in good working order.

Good quality uPVC windows will last longer. They use better quality materials and are manufactured to higher standards. For example, Genesis Collection uPVC windows use the industry’s best materials and are manufactured with attention to detail and skill. Our test is simple. If we would be happy to fit a product in our own homes, we’re happy for it to be part of the Genesis Collection.

As an indication of their quality, our uPVC window frames are guaranteed for ten years.

How do you know when it’s time to update your windows?

No matter how long your windows last, you will need to replace them at some stage. How do you know when is the right time? There are a few signs to look out for.

  • If there is damage to any of the panes of glass, it’s probably time to replace your uPVC windows.
  • If you are noticing your home seems draughtier, your windows have probably lasted as long as they can.
  • If you have got excessive condensation on the inside of your windows, it’s time to think about replacing them.

It is also worth remembering that uPVC technology is constantly evolving. Today’s windows incorporate more innovation and more technology than they did 20 years ago. For example, the air permeability, water tightness and wind resistance ratings of our Genesis Flush Window lead their respective fields. PAS 24 security options give you peace of mind. A-rated energy efficiency plus the option for triple glazing helps you lower your heating bills and reduce your impact on the environment.

Then there are the aesthetics. For example, uPVC sliding sashes were on the market 20 years ago, but they don’t look anywhere near as good as the Genesis VS Sash Window. It combines cutting-edge technology with the traditional character of a box sash window to give you the best of both worlds.

In short, modern uPVC windows let you improve the performance and the look of your home in a way that older windows don’t.

Choose quality windows to make them last longer

All windows have a lifespan. You can extend the lifespan by keeping your uPVC windows well-maintained. You should also choose good quality windows in the first place. When you choose Genesis Collection windows you are choosing good quality windows that will stand the test of time. They will also enhance the look and the performance of your home. It’s a win-win situation.