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How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

PVCu windows are the most common windows in the UK and with good reason. They are highly energy-efficient, cost-effective and can be purchased in a wide variety of colours and finishes to suit different properties, both modern and traditional. Another huge reason why PVCu windows are so popular right now is their lifespan. When buying anything for your home that represents a significant investment, durability is always a factor you should take into consideration.

So, how long do PVCu windows last? As a guide the estimated life expectancy of PVCu windows is between 20 and 25 years. However, there are many factors that affect the lifespan of PVCu windows. To give you a better idea of how long they will last, we will look at some of these factors in greater detail and how to prevent them being a problem. We will also help highlight signs that your windows need to be replaced.

Material and Installation Quality

Not all PVCu windows are the same and the quality of the materials used and the installation have a significance impact on how long PVCu windows will last. A project like the installation of PVCu windows that involves the use of cheap and poor-quality materials is never going to produce the best results. Furthermore, if the installation itself has not been carried out properly or by inexperienced contractors, the windows are unlikely to last as long than if it was completed by professionals.

How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

Excessive Water and Condensation

The build-up of condensation caused by excessive moisture and high levels of humidity common in the UK can also have a huge impact on the durability of PVCu windows. You can combat it, and therefore improve the life expectancy of your PVCu windows, by simply making sure that the rooms throughout your home are adequately ventilated. This is particularly important in areas where a washing machine and tumble dryer are being used.

How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

Regular Exposure to Rain and Sun

Although windows, PVCu models included, are designed to protect our homes from the natural elements like the rain and sun, their durability can be impacted by regular exposure to excessive levels of either. This is particularly true with south-facing windows which are at risk from exposure to the sun and since we regularly have very inclement weather in the UK and a whole lot of rain, just about any property and its PVCu windows can be affected by the elements!

How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

Poor Maintenance

By far, the best way to look after any part of the home, is by maintaining it properly. Failing to look after anything properly, whether it’s cleaning or ensuring it’s in good working condition, will affect its lifespan. That’s no different when it comes to how long PVCu windows will last. While they don’t require as much care and maintenance as more traditional wooden windows they still need to be regularly cleaned, inspected and maintained.

It’s best to use soapy, warm water to wipe the frames clean, while lubricant such as oil should be sparingly used on the hinges and gaskets if and when necessary.

How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

Signs that PVCu Windows Need to be Replaced

High-quality PVCu windows that have been installed by professionals and that are looked after properly will last a very long time. However, it is important to know when it might be time to have them repaired or replaced. Some of the most common signs that PVCu windows require more than just cleaning or maintenance are:

  • Difficulties opening and closing them – This is often a sign that the mechanism that normally allows for smooth opening and closing has issues. The problem could be worse, though, if the window jams completely or it requires an excessive amount of force to open it.
  • Draughts and leaks – It could be that if there are leaks or draughts around PVCu windows that there are issues with the sealant Although this may not mean that they need to be completely replaced, you will need to reseal them.
  • Excessive Condensation – As noted earlier, condensation can be a problem for all windows, but particularly PVCu windows. It really depends on where the condensation is building up. For example, if the condensation is appearing between the glass panes in double glazing units, it may be that you need to consider replacing them.
How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

Why pick Evolution windows?

Our PVCu windows are designed and built with longevity in mind. The design, materials and construction method are all industry leading and will ensure that your new windows look fantastic for years to come. Added to that our windows are only installed by fully trained professionals with years of experience so you can be sure that they will be fitted correctly the first time, helping improve the life expectancy of your windows.

To find out more about our windows and to speak to the experts use our approved installer directory to find your local Evolution installer today.

How Long Do PVCu Windows Last?

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