How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last?

Replacement Windows Birmingham ALHaving the windows in your home replaced can be a hefty investment. It makes sense, therefore, that if you’re going to move forward with a window replacement project, you want some surety that your new windows will last into the foreseeable future.

Vinyl windows are the most common type of window on the market. Not only are they an affordable option, but they also deliver great benefits for homeowners, including improved curb appeal and energy efficiency. But how long do vinyl windows last? Let’s see how they compare to other types of windows.

Wood Windows

For some homeowners, only the classic look of real-wood windows will do for their home. While there’s no denying the beauty of natural wood, unfortunately this material is the most susceptible to weathering. Constant upkeep is required to keep wood looking like new, but in the end, no amount of maintenance will save wood frames from the damaging effects of the elements—not to mention termites and woodpeckers! Vinyl windows are the clear winner of the two when considering lifespan.

Aluminum Windows

Aluminum windows are a much more durable alternative to wood windows and can last several decades. However, aluminum is a material that can be easily damaged. Airborne debris, whether a misthrown baseball or hail from a storm, can ding up an aluminum frame and scratch the paint off, exposing the raw metal underneath. Vinyl frames are the same color throughout, so even if they’re dinged up, they won’t need to be touched up with paint.

Fiberglass Windows

Fiberglass is one of the strongest window-frame materials available and will, indeed, outlast vinyl. The biggest drawback of fiberglass windows, however, is the price tag. They are, by far, the most expensive windows on that market. And considering that they are challenging to install, installation costs of fiberglass windows also tend to be high. For the average homeowner, the price tag is just too much of an investment.

Benefits of Vinyl Windows

Most vinyl windows can last 20–40 years with proper upkeep. And as far as maintenance goes, vinyl windows are easy. In fact, a low-maintenance frame is one of the top reasons why homeowners choose vinyl windows—an occasional rinse with soap and water is all they need to look like new, year after year.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Vinyl windows are insulated to minimize heat transfer and can help your HVAC unit run more efficiently as it heats or cools your home. The result can be lower monthly energy bills, savings that can add up and pay for your investment. Other types of windows, including wood and aluminum, do not have the same insulating benefits.


Vinyl windows are more affordable than others, particularly fiberglass windows, and are therefore a more realistic option for homeowners who don’t want to risk their investment on an inferior option but don’t want to overspend either. Plus, as mentioned, the energy savings that vinyl windows can deliver will offset the costs and may even pay for the investment over time.

A Window Company You Can Trust

Durante Home Exteriors™, an award-winning window company serving Birmingham, Huntsville, Nashville, and surrounding communities, installs high-end vinyl windows. With durable, fusion-welded frames and sashes, our windows are built to last even longer than the average vinyl window, so you can rely on long-lasting performance. To learn more about our replacement windows, contact us today.