Perhaps it’s a misconception that you don’t need to or maybe just simply overlooked because you’re unaware, but when you move into a new place or have been living in your home for years, people tend to neglect the basic parts of a home that need some TLC or upgrading, like your windows and doors.
Builders often build your home with the bare minimum in construction standards to save money on resources and time. Within the Greater Toronto Area, you may have noticed that with the booming real estate market, new homes are built to sell quickly. Because of the high pressure to sell, builders are forced to rush through processes.
One of the items builders do not always have adequate time for is to wait for the structure of the home to settle before installing frames for windows, doors, cabinets, etc. Unfortunately, the settling of your home continues even after construction is completed, regardless if the builder waited to install the windows and doors. The only difference is that the effects may be more drastic with builders who rush through the installation, and will eventually become evident through cracked or damaged window and door frames that you will need to replace. If you notice cracks appearing above your window frame or your windows and doors are sticking and horizontal cracks along the foundation of your home, there may be an inherent problem with your foundation, which you will need to repair first through a foundation repair company.
In reality, new construction homes require two to five years for most of the settling to complete, depending on how well prepared the soil foundation was prepared pre-construction and the type of climate the home endures during and post construction.
As we mentioned previously vinyl woods are an ideal chance for homeowners because of its affordability, durability and energy saving benefits.
Life expectancy: 15-20 years
Factors which affect the life expectancy: Prolonged exposure to the sun and extreme heat may cause the frame to warp shape.
Wood windows are a more costly choice, but are chosen for its sturdiness and versatility to paint or leave naturally.
Life expectancy: Up to 30 years
Factors which may decrease life expectancy: Wood windows are susceptible to rotting if not primed and sealed well. If they do not receive enough sunlight to help evaporate excessive moisture, they may also deteriorate more quickly.
Aluminium windows are affordable and slightly stronger than vinyl windows, but have poorer energy efficiency. They are generally not recommended for Canadian weather, as they function best in mild temperatures.
Life expectancy: 15-20 years
Factors which may decrease life expectancy: In addition, to having a poor energy efficient rating, extreme drops or increases in temperature cause aluminum windows to corrode and break down more easily.
If you suspect it is time for your windows to replaced, check the warranty on them first. Warranty on parts typically average from 10 to 15 years, but some may be more or less depending on the type of window you choose. Check out our blog for when to use new construction and when to use retrofit windows. We know that it can be stressful to finance windows as well, so we’ve also come up with tips on how you can finance window replacement and some home energy saving incentives to help you save more money year-round.
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