Many of our clients have questions about wood windows versus other window material types. There are pros and cons to any material you choose, so let’s start with a brief background of some of the pluses and minuses for each.
Often times wood windows are the only option for a homeowner, especially one who has a historic home or a home which dictates wood from an architectural standpoint. In these cases wood windows are the most effective choice when trying to maintain the historic character of the home. Top quality wood windows do cost slightly more than their fiberglass counterparts, and while not as energy efficient as fiberglass wood windows do a good job at insulation. Wood has higher maintenance associated with it, requiring more upkeep.
Excellent energy efficiency and low maintenance requirements are two of the reasons fiberglass is such a popular choice for replacement windows; fiberglass is strong, and resistant to expansion and contraction that wood windows are subject to.
Cost is a factor with fiberglass windows, but considering their strength and ability to resist damage from the elements over time, they are increasingly popular with homeowners.
Affordable and efficient, vinyl windows are more energy efficient than wood (but not fiberglass) and resist damage from the elements such as rotting, mold, and other types of water damage. The main drawback is that they don’t come in as many styles and they don’t hold paint well, which limits the ability to customize them.
Stop into our showroom and ask one of our representatives to show you our selection of replacement windows, and we’ll help you find the perfect window for your renovation.