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How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last?

Published , By Brian Olson

How Long Do Vinyl Windows Last

Windows past their prime can leave your home cold, drafty, and inefficient. Fortunately, knowing when to install new windows can help protect your home and help you budget for future replacements.

On average, vinyl windows last between 20 and 40 years. However, a variety of factors can affect how long they actually last.

In this blog post, we’ll look at what impacts the longevity of vinyl and when you might need to think about replacing your own vinyl windows.

What is Vinyl?

Vinyl is a type of plastic made from polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC. This material is used in vinyl records, plumbing pipes, and even some clothing items. Vinyl is super versatile, weather-resistant, and it doesn’t rot or rust like some other mediums. This makes it a great window material.

Vinyl window frames typically contain UV stabilizers. This means they’re unlikely to wear down from sun exposure. Generally, vinyl windows are good at withstanding moist conditions and their frames will never need to be painted.

How Long Will Vinyl Windows Last?

On average, vinyl windows last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. But like anything in your home, their life expectancy will depend on their quality and proper maintenance. If you choose vinyl windows for your home, you’ll need to take steps to protect them.

Factors that Affect the Lifespan of Your Vinyl Windows

How long your windows will last depends on factors like the quality of installation, the climate you live in, and regular maintenance.


If your windows are installed properly, they’re more likely to last. Poor installation can lead to damaged seals, water leaks, and drafts, which can reduce the lifespan of your windows.


The weather in your area also plays a big role in the lifespan of your windows. Vinyl windows can stand up to a lot, including direct sunlight, but extreme temperatures can affect their longevity.


The good news is that vinyl windows are very low maintenance. However, you should regularly clean them and check the seals to help them last longer.


Not all vinyl is created equal. Higher-quality vinyl will typically last longer than cheaper, low-quality options.

How Often Do Vinyl Windows Need to be Replaced?

Generally, if your windows are over 20 years old, it’s a good idea to start checking them for wear. Here are some signs it’s time to replace your windows:

  • Difficulty opening or closing windows
  • Noticeable drafts
  • Condensation between panes
  • Chipping
  • Discoloration

Keep in mind, the performance of your windows is more important than their age. If they’re still doing their job well, they probably don’t need to be replaced just yet. When you do decide to install new windows, remember to invest in quality vinyl, professional installation, and regular maintenance.

Invest in Windows that are Built to Last

Olson Windows is proud to be the leading choice for window replacement in Barrington, IL. If you’re looking for windows that insulate your home, lower energy bills, and deliver on value, our team has you covered.

Call (847) 304-8713 today for a free window installation estimate.

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