The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows vs Wood

Window replacements are a great investment for your home. New windows can help you save money, add value to your home, and provide ease of use. Vinyl and wood are two of the most popular window materials on the market today. Like many finishes to your home, vinyl and wood have their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Custom Home by Balducci Builders, Inc.

Cost of vinyl windows vs wood

The cost of vinyl windows is unbeatable. It is the least expensive window material on the market and it is widely available. Part of the reason why vinyl windows are so cheap is due to their mass-production and high demand. On the other hand, this often means that custom vinyl windows can cost a bit more.

Wood windows typically cost significantly more than vinyl, not including the additional maintenance costs. Unlike vinyl, wood can be cut and customized to any shape.

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Vinyl Windows by Pella Windows & Doors

Durability of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows may be the least expensive material; however, vinyl windows are durable, despise their low price tag, and are not susceptible to rust or corrosion.

If they are well taken care of, wood windows can last a lifetime. Additionally, wood windows are not prone to rust-which can be a huge concern in areas with high-humidity.

Colors and finishes of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are often available in white. This is largely due to the likelihood of darker colors fading. Often, manufacturers consider darker vinyl colors as “premium” colors and end up charging more. In addition, many paints have a hard time sticking to vinyl; thus, the color you choose for your vinyl windows is often the one you are stuck with until they are replaced.

Wood windows have that classic charm that vinyl windows often try to imitate. While many homeowners that decide to incorporate the natural wood look into the interior of their home, wood windows can be painted any color on both the interior and exterior of your home.

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Wood Windows by Pella Windows and Doors

Maintenance of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows require very little maintenance, which is one of their biggest selling points. They never need to be sanded or painted, and they can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Wood windows will need repainting every few years or so. When wood windows go untreated, they can rot and swell from moisture. This causes the window to be difficult to open and close.

Insulating factor of vinyl windows vs wood

Vinyl windows are good insulators; however, since vinyl windows are often hollow, they have a more difficult time keep hot and cold air out of the home than wood windows.

Quality, wood windows are the best insulators of the materials available today. In the long run, wood windows can actually help you save a ton of money on your heating and cooling bills.

There are several factors to consider when choosing vinyl windows vs wood including: cost, durability, colors and finishes, maintenance, and energy-efficiency. While vinyl and wood are both quality window options, it is ultimately your preferences that determine whether you choose to install vinyl or wood windows.

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