If you are considering replacing windows in your home, you may wonder what’s best: wood frames or vinyl ones? While there are clear benefits to both, vinyl windows come out on top every time, for many reasons. From a longer lifespan to ease of maintenance, let’s explore why vinyl is a better choice over wood.
Wood windows only last about 10 to 20 years before they start to rot, compared with vinyl which lasts up to 40 years if you care for it well.
Wood siding tends to rot and peel paint every few years. As a result, you have to spend a lot of time and money on maintenance, such as chipping and repainting, and replacing portions that have succumbed to rot, moisture and termite damage. Vinyl needs little to no maintenance. A simple cleaning with a garden hose is usually all that’s needed to get dirt off the exterior.
It can be difficult to open and close wood windows over time, as this natural material expands and contracts with the weather. Vinyl doesn’t fall victim to such expanding and contracting, so smooth operation is the name of the game.
Vinyl windows have higher thermal insulating properties than wood because they’re made of PVC which has a high R-value. This keeps heat from escaping during the winter and keeps cool air inside during the summer. Vinyl also comes with low-E double pane glass, which has high fade-resistant properties to protect your interior.
Resistant to Rot
Moisture and insects don’t mesh well with wood. Wood windows are also susceptible to water damage. Insects love moist places, and will invade those spaces. Moisture breaks down the finish and gets into the window itself, leading to warping, discoloration, poor fit and rot. This doesn’t happen with vinyl windows.
Variety of Colors
Yes, you can paint wood any color of the rainbow, but remember you have to keep painting it every few years, at great expense. On top of that, paint fades in the sunlight over the years. Vinyl windows come in a wide spectrum of colors to match your home, featuring minimal fading.
Wood windows are more costly due to the material and workmanship involved. Vinyl is less costly and will last longer due to its higher quality and resistance to the elements.
Air Tight Corners
Due to the fact that wood sash and frame corners are mechanically joined, air tight corners can’t be guaranteed. Vinyl, on the other hand, becomes air tight when welded in the factory setting.