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Wood vs. Vinyl Windows

Are you shopping for windows, but not sure what kind to buy? Maybe you’re considering the traditional look of wood, but are wondering how they compare to newer—and more heavily marketed—vinyl windows? If so, we can help.

We are often asked what the major differences are between wood and vinyl windows, so to make things easier, we’ve decided to write a blog post to run down the similarities and differences between wood and vinyl windows.

Insulating Quality

Both wood and vinyl are insulating materials, making them a smart choice for homeowners looking for an energy efficient window material. Advanced vinyl materials are less susceptible to wear and tear, however, making them a better insulator long term than wood—with less maintenance involved. Over time, wood windows can rot, crack, or warp, reducing their energy efficiency. The same is true of cheap vinyl materials, but high quality vinyl will generally last for years with no issues.

If you are concerned about aesthetics and do not like the look of vinyl windows, no problem. Many manufacturers offer vinyl-clad windows with wooden interiors—giving you low maintenance and energy efficiency on the exterior and the warmth of real wood interiors.

Maintenance Requirements

Maintenance requirements are one area where vinyl windows stand head and shoulders above wood windows. Vinyl windows are extremely low-maintenance. A simple regular cleaning will keep vinyl windows looking like new for years. Wood windows, on the other hand, require frequent sanding, painting, and sealing to keep them looking their best. Failing to perform these tasks regularly can decrease the lifespan of your windows as well as reduce the comfort of your home.

Vinyl has a clear advantage in this area.

Aesthetics

Just as vinyl has a clear advantage in maintenance requirements, wood has a clear advantage in aesthetics. The classic warmth and appearance of wood windows is one of the most desirable features that window shoppers look for. Wood windows can have a tremendous impact on the value of your home as they are highly sought after by prospective home buyers. Wood windows can meet all historical zoning requirements—making them a good choice for any homeowner that lives in a historical area or one that simply wants to give their home a historical look.

Value

Wood windows generally cost more than vinyl windows with similar energy efficiency and performance. Because of their lower cost, vinyl windows have gained a very large market share in the last decade and have become the near standard in the homebuilding industry. In a market flush with vinyl windows, they do little for your home’s value when compared to wood windows. Wood windows today are highly sought after for their aesthetics and classical appeal. Although they cost more than vinyl windows, their aesthetics and rarity in today’s marketplace can significantly improve the value of your home to the right buyers.

Replacement Window Installation

If you are considering wood or vinyl windows for your home and would like a window replacement estimate in the Washington, DC metro area, contact the replacement window professionals at Quality Window & Door today. Simply fill out the contact form on the right or call us at 800-370-8751 to request a free in-home replacement window consultation today!

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