One of the best ways to make sure that your window will last for a long time is to make sure that it’s made with durability in mind. Here are some window options that are known for their durability and impressive life span.
Reinforced glass panes
The weakest part of a window is its glass pane. A moderate blow can cause the glass to shatter, rendering it completely useless and in need of replacement. However, modern window production techniques have led to the development of impact-resistant glass.
A popular reinforced glass option is laminated glass, which features one or more transparent layers over the actual glass surface. When something hits the glass, the film distributes the force of the impact and also prevents the broken shards from falling off. Not only is the glass pane more impact-resistant, it also keeps the window functioning to a certain extent even after it is damaged. Another example of reinforced glass is tempered glass. Using either chemical treatment or a series of heating and cooling processes makes tempered glass extremely resistant to abrasion.
Window frames are not just installed to provide something where the actual windowpane sits on; it’s also designed to provide as much structural support as possible. Durable window frames can be made of wood or vinyl, but most experts agree that aluminum or steel frames are the best when it comes to service life.
Some “reinforced” window frames consist of multiple types of materials or extra treatment. For example, a wood frame can be reinforced with aluminum without adding too much weight. Additionally, advanced drying processes and chemical treatments can further improve a wood frame’s resistance to moisture damage.
Although newer window materials are designed to last longer, the overall lifespan of a window can still be influenced by its inherent design. For example, a window panel divided into four smaller frames with support brackets offers better durability than a single-frame window of the same size because the weight of the glass is distributed more evenly.
You have the most durable window options, but the quest for long window life isn’t over yet! Learn how to improve window lifespan even more in Part 3, coming soon!