When it comes time to replace your home’s windows, the options that you have at your disposal can be overwhelming. Window technology has improved tremendously over the past few decades, and there are more options to choose from than ever before. However, the two most popular window materials are wood and vinyl, which have long been the most popular materials for homeowners to choose for their window replacements. However, if you are replacing your home’s windows, you may not know which material is right for you. If you’re interested in learning more about different window materials, take a look at our blog to learn more about the benefits of each!
Let’s start with the material that has been around for far longer; wood. Wooden windows were the standard for ages, as vinyl is a relatively recent development in the grand scheme of home-building. Many homeowners love the aesthetics of wooden windows but often have concerns about the durability of wood when it is exposed to the elements on such a regular basis. However, when compared to vinyl windows, the truth is the complete opposite. The wood that is used to build wooden windows is generally a highly durable variety, like the cedar shingles that are frequently used for siding projects. Furthermore, wooden windows can also be clad on their exteriors, which means they are fitted with aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl to help the wood resist harsh weather. Cladding the exterior of your windows provides the best of both worlds, as your windows exterior is completely weather resistant, while your interior still has an elegant wooden finish. Furthermore, wooden windows are generally more efficient than vinyl windows as the material itself is dense, leading to less energy loss.
On the other hand, we have vinyl windows, which have taken off in popularity over the past few decades. They offer a number of benefits that wooden windows can’t offer, which makes them an attractive option for some homeowners. One of vinyl’s greatest benefits is that it is economical. Vinyl windows are inexpensive to produce, and the wide variety of manufacturers who produce them has increased the quality of the windows while reducing the cost. The other major benefit of vinyl windows is that they are essentially maintenace-free. While wooden windows do have a chance to deteriorate as a result of the weather, particularly the non-clad variety, vinyl windows are weather resistant and won’t rot from water damage. The only issue with vinyl windows is that they are not very customizable when compared to the enormous variety of wood grains at your disposal. Furthermore vinyl windows don’t generally last as long as wooden windows.
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