Understanding Age of Windows and How Long They Should Last October 13, 2015 Maybe you recently purchased your home in the Toronto area and didn’t think to ask the previous owner how old the windows were. You might’ve heard how important it is to replace windows after they reach a certain age. Some people don’t understand why it is such an important issue, but it can have an effect on not only the amount of money you spend heating and cooling your home throughout the year, but also in safety. Windows may seem as though they haven’t really changed through the years, but they have. 30 or 40 years ago, the majority of windows were made primarily from wood. Then vinyl became the product of choice and today windows have become far more energy efficient through the years. Another aspect that has changed is the functionality of those windows. In the 1980s and 1990s, a brand new double hung window didn’t open inward to allow the homeowner to clean the outside portion of the glass from inside the house. Today, almost every single double hung window you’re going to find offers this feature. There are a number of other windows that also make it easier to clean and maintain them on a regular basis, both inside and out. The third thing to consider is security. The latching mechanisms from just a couple of decades ago were very basic. They didn’t offer a great deal of security. Today, those locking mechanisms are far more advanced and much more secure. The average “old” window will last anywhere between 10 to 15 years before the seals between the panes begin to break down and they wear out. If your windows are at least 10 years old, then it’s time to seriously consider replacing them. Take a moment to visit Platinum Windows and Doors and see just what is available and you will likely be inspired to take on this very important home improvement project.