Vinyl vs. Wood

Should you choose vinyl or wood windows?

When shopping for new replacement windows, one of the first decisions you need to make is determining the type of window that best suits your needs. Vinyl for its terrific value and lower maintenance, or wood for its natural qualities?

To make this important initial decision easier for you, HOME BUILD has created the following four-factor comparison. Please review the advantages of both. For additional information or questions not covered below, contact HOME BUILD at (847) 687-1445.

4 Tips for Selecting Replacement Windows:

1) Decide which energy saving materials you want to use.

Increasing your home’s ability to conserve energy by reducing your heating and cooling costs is an important concern for today’s homeowner.

Vinyl is a proven insulator, making it a great choice for windows and patio doors. Dual weatherstripping maintains the efficiency of the window by creating a tight seal that eliminates drafts and makes your home more comfortable. Vinyl dual-pane replacement windows also offer sun protection that helps prevent your drapes, carpets and upholstery from fading or discoloring.

Wood is a natural insulator, and wood frame windows do an excellent job of preventing the outside cold or heat from getting into your home. Many wood windows today are available with complete weather stripping that serves as an excellent seal against condensation. They also reduce noise. However, if you neglect standard maintenance, wood windows can lose their ability to withstand weathering, leaving them (and your home) open to the elements.

2) Weigh the importance of low maintenance.

Vinyl windows require minimal maintenance. Vinyl is the most popular replacement window largely because they don’t require painting, scraping or staining. They are generally unaffected by moisture and, if they have an insulated core, offer good thermal and sound resistance. Plus, a vinyl window only needs an occasional cleaning.

Wood windows require ongoing maintenance. The longevity of wood is less than vinyl – if left exposed to the elements, it can rot, crack or fade. But the plus side is that they can be painted or stained to match other parts of your house. If you are the owner of a high-end home or are restoring an older home, you are likely drawn to the architectural appeal of wood windows. If you are prepared and willing to put the time into upkeep, wood replacement windows are beautiful when well maintained.

3) Determine your budget.

Vinyl windows are generally less expensive than wood and provide years of great payback. According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report,” high-quality, energy-efficient replacement windows are an excellent investment. Vinyl doesn’t shrink or swell with changes in humidity, so callback problems are minimized. Add to that a short turnaround time, strong manufacturer warranties, and product consistency, vinyl windows are an attractive option.

Wood replacement windows are more expensive than vinyl. Because wood windows utilize a natural resource, the laws of supply and demand apply. The price of unique, natural beauty is higher not only at the time of installation, but throughout the window’s lifetime, due to the need for continual upkeep. If you are torn between the final look you want to achieve and your limited budget, consider the fact that wood windows may become less important to your vision once you take a look at the beautiful window treatments that are available.

4) Find a solution without compromise – Form & Function combined.

Vinyl windows are the standard you find in most houses today. Your purchase of top-quality vinyl replacement windows and patio doors ensures you receive a product of functional beauty made with the latest in state-of-the-art technology. Vinyl windows not only reduce noise and energy use, they also increase your property value and enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Wood windows provide a wonderful upgrade for many homeowners. Wood windows enhance your home’s value with classic, timeless style. Thanks to a wide variety of product innovations, well-built and well-maintained wood windows are a wonder to behold.

In conclusion…
Vinyl windows and wood windows both have their own distinctive qualities when it comes to durability and design. Vinyl windows are generally less expensive and lower maintenance; wood windows are pricier for their uniquely individual appeal. Now that you’ve reviewed the top 4 requirements to consider when evaluating vinyl vs wood windows, take a look at wood clad windows, as another option to keep in mind. It all comes down to what factors are most important to you.

For more on the replacement window options available at HOME BUILD, please review the information under each of the three major brands we offer. Or contact us today at (847) 687-1445 for a free consultation and estimate. Our experts will help you discover how replacement windows and installation from HOME BUILD can beautify your home and reduce your energy bills.

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