Because window replacement costs are nothing to sneeze at, you need to make sure you’re getting something that’s built to last. You can’t just assess a window’s durability based on price, as it doesn’t follow that the most expensive window will also be the best your money can buy; you need to know the makings of a durable window.
The first thing that you should consider when looking for a tough window is the material. Some window options such as metal and Fibrex are exceptionally durable, but could cost a little more. Other materials, on the other hand, sometimes trade a longer lifespan for other considerations, such as affordability. Finding the right balance between durability and cost is essential when looking for the right window option.
Choice of glazing
Because a large part of the window’s surface area is its glazing, you need to make sure you’re not getting something that will shatter at the first sign of moderate winds. Look for windows that offer good wind resistance, especially if you’re in an area that experiences plenty of storms. Tempered glass is ideal, but anything tested for strong winds is usually a safe enough choice.
Resistance to deterioration
You can look for window options that offer the best in terms of structural strength, but even the most rigid window frames may be far from being the toughest. Some window materials are intrinsically vulnerable to wear and tear, especially those that have been known to develop moisture damage. Low-maintenance options are generally less prone to wear and tear, but you can still opt for a material that requires more upkeep – provided you’re willing to spend extra effort on maintenance.
Quality of installation
Many homeowners overlook the importance of proper installation when it comes to window durability. Keep in mind that to function to its fullest capacity, a window must be installed according to manufacturer specifications. This means a durable window is one that’s installed by professionals who have the experience and training to install specific brands and kinds of window.
Your window could be tough enough to withstand normal wear and tear, but what if a storm comes? Learn how minimize storm damage on windows in part 3.