Hardwood And Vinyl Windows Compared

There are so many great exterior home remodels that it can be a little hard to choose the best project for your property. One project you should definitely consider is replacing your windows. It is a very cost-effective project and one that he gives your home a huge facelift. Of course, one of the first things you need to consider is what material you want for your new panels. This article compares hardwood windows to vinyl windows.

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Of the two materials, vinyl is going to be the more practical to own. It is a waterproof material that hardly needs any maintenance over the years. It is also extremely lightweight, which means it works great with large sliding fixtures. Vinyl itself is not the most insulating material. However, homeowners who live in colder climates will often invest in a product that has added fiberglass insulation within the hollow frame of the sashes.

Almost every type of a window sash, no matter what material it is made out of, has a fake wood texture. Most vinyl products have a solid color with a subtle texture. It is important to note that these don't make vinyl look like real wood, but they do add some more in style to them.

Hardwood Windows

If you do want the look of real wood, you should just shop for the hardwood windows. Thin hardwood veneers are mounted to vinyl or aluminum sash frames. This is going to make your window very stylish, yet easy to operate. It looks especially great if you have similarly stained or painted wooden door fixtures around your house.

While it is hard to argue against the style of natural hardwood windows, some people avoid them because they do require a little more maintenance. Hardwood needs to be sealed, with a protective paint or stain finish. If you failed to maintain this protective finish, the wood can be susceptible to moisture damage, which usually results in warping and swelling. Ultimately, this probably won't affect the actual functionality of your windows, it just means that you will need to make some minor repairs to restore the wood.

In the end, you need to make your decision based on your budget and whether or not you are willing to undertake the necessary maintenance of owning wood. Hardwood is going to be more expensive to purchase and to take care of in the long run.

To learn more, contact a window installation company near you!