Life cycle: this is essentially the life span of your windows from installation to replacement. Lifecycle costs are how much it will cost to purchase, own, operate and maintain the product.
There are many things to take into consideration, from durability and maintenance to cleaning and warranty coverage. We will go over those four components here.
The durability of your windows is a big factor. Not only does it determine how much you will spend on windows initially, but it determines how long you can reasonably enjoy successful operation out of them. Cheap prices generally equate to lower quality materials. When you spend more, you get more.
Warranties are an indicator of the reliability of the window and its manufacturer. But durability can also vary by location. For instance, some materials can be easily degraded by salt if you live near the ocean.
Here are some other aspects of window durability to consider:
- Frame and sash material
- Insulating glass seals
- Local requirements for structural integrity
The maintenance you will have to perform over the window’s lifecycle will affect cost and vice versa. Specialty windows will require more TLC than, say, standard double hung windows. Buying durable, high-end windows that are easy to clean — for instance, the latest in double hung windows where you can open each sash for convenience — will lower your maintenance costs of the lifecycle of the product. Fancy specialty and custom windows may take special care, increasing your commitment to cleaning and maintaining as a homeowner.
Material affects maintenance too. Going with vinyl, for example, means you will have significantly lower maintenance duties over the lifecycle than wood. Wood needs to be scraped and painted every few years; vinyl needs no maintenance except an occasional wiping-down. Consider the cost of repairs to your windows. Anything from glass to locks may have to be replaced at some point. Choosing a specialty window at a greater cost than a standard window will increase your replacement costs if the glass is ever broken, for instance. This is due to the customized nature of the window, and it doesn’t come cheap.
3. Warranty Coverage
Warranty coverage comes into play as well. Cheap windows generally dome with cheap warranties that may only cover a year or two. Our Bristol windows, though, come with a strong 50-year warranty for peace of mind. You can justify spending more money on the window in the first place if you know it could be replaced free of charge for the next 50 years!
Find out why our windows just make more sense when it comes to calculating your life cycle costs. Contact us today at 774-321-6750.