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September 13, 2022

How Long Do Timber Windows Last?

Frames are an essential part of your windows and doors, and your choice of frame type will affect their overall energy efficiency and how long your joinery can last. Given New Zealand's everchanging weather conditions, you need a strong, durable frame built to last through the seasons.

How long do timber windows last, and how do they compare to other joinery materials? We discuss all that and where you can find the best window glass supply in Auckland to complement your timber joinery.  

Timber

Aluminium is one of the most popular window frame choices due to its strength and low maintenance. Its lightweight but tough and durable nature makes aluminium one of the longest-lasting window framing materials. However, although your aluminium frame will remain warp- and rot-resistant in damp conditions, metal conducts heat, making it an unsuitable insulating material. Be sure to opt for thermal breaks between the frame areas that will act as insulators to retain warmth. Your aluminium frame joinery is expected to last up to 45 years and is recyclable for use as other items.

Aluminium

Aluminium is one of the most popular window frame choices due to its strength and low maintenance. Its lightweight but tough and durable nature makes aluminium one of the longest-lasting window framing materials. However, although your aluminium frame will remain warp- and rot-resistant in damp conditions, metal conducts heat, making it an unsuitable insulating material. Be sure to opt for thermal breaks between the frame areas that will act as insulators to retain warmth. Your aluminium frame joinery is expected to last up to 45 years and is recyclable for use as other items.

uPVC

As one of New Zealand's growing materials of choice due to its availability and affordability, unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC) has low conductivity and is a good insulator. It's an ideal choice for keeping homes warm. Often inserted with steel for added strength and durability, uPVC is durable, low-maintenance, and recycled into other products.

Although some manufacturers can produce uPVC frames in different colours, most are primarily white, which can become stained with time. With different grades of uPVC on the market, you need a suitable one that can withstand New Zealand's weather and UV radiation. High-quality uPVC window frames generally last 20–35 years.

Strong Frames Need Strong Panes

You can lose a significant amount of heat through your windows. A double-glazed windowpane will help extend the lifespan of your frames by reducing collected condensation. Double-glazing contributes significantly to keeping your house warm and reducing your energy bills. Not only that, but it will also provide you with improved security, noise reduction, and minimal maintenance needs.  

Known as Auckland's trusted glaziers and double-glazing specialists, Atlas Glass supplies the best and highest quality window glass for your frames. Cut to size and professionally installed, enhance the lifespan of your frames, and add value to your house today. Contact our experienced and professional experts to learn more about our timber joinery glazing and other quality products.

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