The honest answer to this question is – it depends. While different companies will give you varying timelines, there are many factors that impact the life of Pella windows, their appearance, functionality, and performance.
Let’s take a closer look at these contributing factors and some of the signs to look for that indicate you may need a window replacement.
Quality of the window installation
Proper window installation involves fitting the product correctly into the frame and following Pella window’s manufacturer recommendations. With a quality installation, windows are built to seal out the elements, prevent water from seeping in, prevent damage, and are more energy-efficient.
Properly fitted windows are less likely to move and shift over the years, which increases their lifespan. When a window is improperly fitted, drafts are more likely to occur. This in turn can increase your energy bill as your HVAC system tries to compensate for the climate-controlled air escaping.
Type of window material
Pella windows come in three types of material, each offering unique benefits.
- Wood windows are the original window material that provides strength and a solid frame. Wood is known for its longevity and aesthetically pleasing designs that can match any home.
- Fibreglass windows are built to withstand extreme temperatures. Fibreglass Pella windows are low maintenance and energy-efficient.
- Vinyl windows are affordable without compromising quality. This material is made of non-corrosive compounds to protect against warping from weather changes.
Climate and weather changes
Depending on where you live, climate and extreme temperatures can impact the life of your windows. If you live by the ocean, salt spray coming off the ocean can deteriorate window exteriors faster. The windows on the side of the house that faces the sun may need replacing sooner compared to windows that get more shade.
In Calgary, where extreme temperature fluctuations occur, look for the following signs your windows may need replacing:
- Drafty windows
- Damaged windowpane
- Higher than normal energy bills
- Condensation between the glass panes
Not all damage requires a window replacement. A professional who is trained to install and replace Pella windows and doors can determine whether the issue can be solved with a simple fix or if it requires a full replacement.