How Long Do Double Glazed Windows Last?

Just like everything else in your home, your windows have a lifespan and become less efficient over time. Although high-quality windows are able to stand the test of time, it is important to remember that nothing lasts forever and even quality double glazed windows will need to be replaced eventually.

So, how long do double glazed windows last? The typical lifespan of a double-glazed window is around 20 years. However, this can vary from 10-35 years, depending on the type and quality of materials, the professionalism of the installation, and where the windows are situated.

How Often Should Your Windows be Replaced?

How long do double glazed windows last?

As we’ve mentioned above, the typical lifespan of double-glazed windows is around 20 years. However, this will vary from house to house, material type, the quality of the installation, and so much more. The types of windows you have installed and the location you live in will have a huge effect on how often you should get your windows replaced.

At South Coast Home Improvements, we are proud to provide high-quality windows made from the best materials and installed by some of the best installers in the business. We are so confident that our windows will work for you that all our windows come with a 10-year guarantee.

Telling Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

It is important to know when to replace your windows, as leaving window replacements too long can significantly affect the safety and energy efficiency of your home. But how do you know when the right time to replace your windows is? If you are wondering whether it’s the right time to replace your windows, there are many telling signs that we explain below.  

Single-Glazed Windows

How long do double glazed windows last? Single glazing

For houses with very old windows, single glazing is common and definitely worth replacing. Single-glazed windows are not energy-efficient, secure, or long-lasting. So, it’s important to invest in replacement windows that are double-glazed, secure, and long-lasting. At South Coast Home Improvements, we sell a wide variety of windows in all styles and materials, so you’re sure to find something that works for your home.

Your Windows are Draughty

Another sign it’s time to replace the windows in your home is when they are draughty. When windows are draughty and letting cold air in all the time, this is a major sign they aren’t performing efficiently. Not only that, but there could be gaps between the window panes that are also causing a security risk.

You may be wondering why your double-glazed windows are letting draughts in, after all that’s not what they should be doing. However, double glazing can fail a it gets older – becoming more inefficient the older it gets. This can cause you to feel draughts around your window frames – a common sign that the seals are broken around the window frames and the window itself is no longer working properly.

Windows are Visibly Damaged

How long do double glazed windows last? Visible damage

Your windows are exposed to a lot over the years, from bad weather conditions, to poor maintenance, so it’s only to be expected that you’ll see a little wear and tear from time to time. While general marks and scuffs aren’t something to worry about, visible dapage such as cracked or rotting window frames is a problem.

If you notice any significant visible damage on or to your windows, they need to be replaced as soon as possible as they could be causing serious damage to your home. What’s more, if you’re trying to sell your house, any damage could also reduce the resale value of your property. So, it’s important to fix window damage as soon as possible.

There is Condensation on the Glass

Thousands of people struggle with condensation on their windows every day. In fact, condensation is one of the most common problem affecting households in the UK. You may think that condensation is nothing to worry about, however it can cause numerous health problems, rotting windowpanes, mould growth, and much more. So, if you’re noticing that condensation is developing on your windows, between the glass panes, or around the frames, you need to look at replacing your windows as soon as possible.

You can read more about condensation in your property, its affects, and how to prevent it by clicking here.

Your Windows Aren’t Opening and Closing Properly

How long do double glazed windows last? Windows aren't opening and closing properly

If your windows are stiff or difficult to open and close, this can be a sign that they need replacing. Poorly working windows can be a huge inconvenience as well as a health and safety hazard. When windows aren’t performing as they should be, it is worth considering getting them replaced. At South Coast Home Improvements, we sell and install a wide range of high-quality windows that all function effectively, improving many aspects of your home.

Do You Need Your Windows Replaced?

Having to invest in getting your windows replaced may seem like a frustrating extra expense, but it will save you so much money in the long run. What’s more, you will be able to enjoy increased energy-efficiency, security, and home comfort. If you would like to get your windows replaced, there is no better company to call than South Coast Home Improvements.

With over 40 years’ experience in the windows and glazing industry, we know what it takes to make your property the best it can be. Our expert installers will carry out quality installations to ensure your property’s windows are the best they can be.  

Click here to find out how much replacement windows cost.