UPVC typically lasts around 20 years, however, this can vary between 10 and 40 years, depending on when and where it was made.
If your UPVC windows were installed prior to 1998, it is likely they will show signs of wear and ageing (e.g. discolouration, cracks, condensation).
The good news is UPVC can be repaired very well. The bad news is UPVC doesn’t last indefinitely. Eventually, your UPVC will degrade to the point it needs replacing. This happens within 20 to 30 years for most homeowners.
Should I get it painted?
One of the ways you can extend the life of your UPVC is by having it painted.
A high-quality painted finish will protect your new UPVC windows and doors from the #1 cause of UPVC damage – UV light from the sun.
Modern UPVC is UV-resistant however the oils within the UPVC breakdown over time. This chemical process causes discolouration. A high-quality paint puts up a barrier to prevent this chemical process from taking place.
You can also have old UPVC painted to extend its life. Discoloured UPVC (yellow UPVC that was once white) can be painted over to cover up the discolouration. This will extend the life of the UPVC by at least a decade.
Having your UPVC painted is a no-brainer from a financial perspective. You will pay circa £150 to £200 per window for a professional spray painting service. This is 50-60% cheaper than the cost of replacing each window.
The finish will also last a good amount of time. We provide a 10-year guarantee on our paintwork and we also check in with our customers every 12 months to make sure that the finish is holding up. This is part of our standard service.
Contact us today for a quote. Our prices might surprise you.