Having high-quality windows will significantly increase your home’s comfort by keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. People often choose their windows based on the return of investment they offer, which includes how long they will last and how much better they are for your home. uPVC double glazed windows not only have natural insulating and soundproofing qualities, but they also last for a significant amount of time. Learn about how their performance and life cycle compare to traditional timber and aluminium frames and why this might be the best choice for your New Zealand home!
How long do timber windows last?
Timber windows are still one of the most popular window frame options in New Zealand. They retain your home’s characteristics and designs and offer insulating qualities with double glazing due to their natural insulating qualities. On the other hand, timber windows are extremely high maintenance. They rot and warp easily, which means that you will constantly need to check for signs of damage to avoid the need for costly repairs and replacements. You will also need to paint the surface regularly to keep it looking nice and fresh. As soon as you notice an issue, you will need to repair or replace the structure, as it can cause significant leaks. If you live in a corrosive environment near the sea or water, damages can occur more often, and it might be worth it to choose another window option.
Timber windows can last up to 30 years if you regularly maintain and take extra care of them. Because owners often forgot to paint and maintain the joinery, this is often closer to 10 years in reality.
How long do aluminium windows last?
Aluminium windows are a popular option across modern New Zealand homes. They come in a range of colours and offer a slim and sleek design for your house. Because they can be made in various shapes and sizes, they are a great design choice. However, they are the least thermally efficient option on the market, meaning that you won’t get high-quality insulation even if the joinery is double glazed. They offer reduced security because their rubber seal is easy to pull out, making it easy to remove the glass from the outside. Pitting and corrosion are also common issues with aluminium windows, as well as the corners of the frames pulling away over time.
Aluminium windows last around 30 years if you give them the proper maintenance and attention they need.
What about uPVC windows?
uPVC double glazed windows offer the greatest thermal qualities on the market, keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This innovative and modern solution is becoming more and more popular across New Zealand. Because they are extremely low maintenance and offer a highly energy-efficient solution for your home, uPVC windows are the premium option for your household. Due to their natural insulating qualities, condensation, moisture, and noise will be kept out of your household. Unlike traditional timber and aluminium windows, uPVC doesn’t corrode or warp, and when treated with titanium dioxide, they also reflect UV rays.
uPVC windows last over 40 years if taken the right care of, so you know you will enjoy their benefits for a long time coming.
If you would like to invest in this high-quality solution, get in touch with Eco Tauranga. We can support you from the selection right through to installation and ensure that your home gets the greatest benefits from this high-performing joinery option.