As replacement window and door experts in San Diego, this is a question we get a lot. Even if you purchase the most inexpensive replacement windows on the market, installing a whole house worth of windows is a sizable investment in your San Diego home. So, it’s understandable that people would want to know how long their vinyl replacement windows can be expected to last.
The answer to how long your replacement windows will last depends mainly on two factors:
- The quality of the window and door products used
- The quality of the installation
Replacement Window Products
When we refer to the products used, we are referring mainly to the replacement windows themselves. There is a wide range of products on the market, from poorly manufactured products made from cheap materials, all the way up to extremely high-quality products. It can be difficult for the average homeowner to tell which is which. Pretty much all replacement window and door products on the market claim to be energy efficient, and if you don’t know what to look for in the craftsmanship of windows and doors, you may not be able to tell which products are well made and which are poorly made.
It’s important to do your research on the various products on the market, but it’s also important to inspect the products in person and to be able to ask questions about them from an honest and knowledgeable window expert, like those at BM Windows.
The quality of the caulking and the flashing that is used in the installation also makes a difference in the lifespan of your replacement windows. At BM Windows, we use only high-quality caulking (not the cheap stuff) to seal your windows. The flashing we use is also a high-quality product—much better than what you can purchase yourself at the “big box” stores.
Replacement Window Installation in San Diego
Assuming you are installing a replacement window product of good quality or better, the installation is the most important factor in determining how long your new windows will last. Since we know this to be true, at BM Windows, we only use our own team of professional window installers, not subcontractors or general laborers. Our team is highly trained. They know about the products they are installing and the best methods for installation.
So, to answer the initial question posed: High-quality replacement windows, installed properly, with high-quality supplies should outlast the home’s siding, stucco, trim, and most other elements within the home. In fact, they will often outlast the homeowners themselves!
At BM Windows, the windows we sell and install come with a lifetime warranty that covers the products themselves as well as the installation. And we truly stand behind that warranty! If you discover a problem 10 or 20 years down the road—we’ll come fix it! We take care of our customers long after we’ve made the sale and completed the installation.
If you’re looking for a San Diego replacement window company to install windows in your home that will last a lifetime, we’d love to talk with you. Our knowledgeable team can answer all of your questions about replacement windows and help you choose the best products for your San Diego home. Contact us today to schedule your in-home consultation.