When it comes to replacing your windows, there are many options as far as materials are concerned. With so many choices, it can be tough to know what the best one is for your home. A window professional will typically work with you to determine what is going to be the best fit for you, but we’ve also compiled a list of things to keep in mind to help you through the decision-making process.
Why Choose Wood?
If you’re only replacing a single or small number of windows in your home and the rest of your windows are wood, it makes the most sense to keep things consistent and opt for wood replacements. Additionally, if you live in an ornate or older home that has beautiful woodworking throughout, it is likely best to choose an option that will complement your house and keep the design cohesive through and through. With many historic homes in our area, it’s also important to keep in mind that you may need to stick with the same designer look.
Why Choose Vinyl?
If there isn’t a reason to stick with wood, vinyl is the way to go!
The number one reason to choose vinyl is because of the material’s energy efficiency. Vinyl windows tend to be better weather-stripped and allow less air to move in and out of your home. During the winter and summer months, you’ll likely be spending less on heating and cooling. They also have less expanding, contracting and warping issues than traditional wood windows do, so they will last longer and require less frequent repairs and replacements.
Vinyl is also low-maintenance, since you do not have to restain or repaint as you must do with wood. Vinyl typically only requires dusting or a quick wipe down every so often in order to keep them looking brand new.
Even with all of the other benefits, vinyl windows are still often less expensive than wood windows. Vinyl windows also come with a lifetime warranty, whereas most other windows only have a 5 to 10 year warranty.
While there are a few situations that warrant wood windows, our general recommendation is for vinyl windows, or possibly even one of our newer hybrid options that combines a vinyl exterior with a wood interior for a “best of both worlds” approach. For more information on window installation or replacement, you can visit our website to explore more wood and vinyl options for your home.