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Old 07-29-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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A home inspector reported that my replacement windows are "near the end of their useful life." They are about 15-18 years old and are at the lower end of the price point. They were replaced before I bought the property; I don't know the manufacturer. Is this a valid assessment? I live in New England.

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Hard to say without more detail and an inspection. I will say though that 15 - 18 years out of a low-end product is about right, if not pretty good. A well engineered product should conceivably go past 25-30+ years.

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If they still operate and look OK then about the only reason to think they are "used up" completely escapes me. Newer windows may be of higher thermal quality but is it enough to warrant the cost of replacement?
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I agree with HomeSealed; impossible to tell without more details.

I do think that "Useful life" is more than a bit vague and it is an odd term to use in that context without any specifics, IMO.

Did he give any particular reasons for suggesting that they need replacing, or was he basing it simply on the age of the units?
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I can see if it was some of the older style windows that used nothing but aluminum strips held in place with staples.
Air leaked around the sashes because there was no caulking, the old springs or torsion springs failed, if you did not keep up with the maintenance of priming and painting the bottom sash and sills would rot out.
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