Adding value to your home is always a priority when you’re a homeowner. What better way to achieve that than through new windows? But not all windows are created equal. Vinyl affords many more benefits over other materials, such as wood. Vinyl windows can not only boost your property value and curb appeal, they enhance the lifespan of your home. Let’s delve into some reasons why vinyl is better than wood when it comes to replacement windows.
Wood siding will rot and peel its paint every few years. This comes with a lot of maintenance, such as chipping and repainting, not to mention replacing portions here and there that have fallen victim to rot, moisture and termite damage. Vinyl, on the other hand, requires little to no maintenance. If you do want to clean it, just take out the garden hose and spray it down.
Wood windows will only last about 10 to 20 years if you’re lucky. Vinyl fares much better – up to 40 years if well cared for.
Because wood sash and frame corners are mechanically joined, they can’t ensure air tight corners. Vinyl, in contrast, becomes air tight when welded in the factory.
Moisture and insects are wood’s worst enemies. Wood windows get infiltrated with water every time it rains. And insects love moist places, so put the two together and you have a recipe for disaster. What’s more, that moisture can break down the finish and get into the window itself. The result? Warping, discoloration, poor fit, and rot all the way around. You get none of that with vinyl windows.
Wood expands and contracts according to the weather, making it difficult to open and close the windows. Vinyl is not prone to expanding and contracting, so you get smooth operation every time.
Wood can be painted many colors, to be sure, but again, you’ll have to repaint those colors every few years or so. Plus, paint tends to fade in the sunlight over time. Vinyl windows come in a variety of colors to match your home, with minimal fading.
Wood windows are more expensive because of the material and workmanship involved. You’ll spend less on vinyl windows for better quality.
Vinyl windows have better thermal insulating properties than wood thanks to their PVC composition. This plastic has a high R-value, preventing heat from escaping during the winter and keeping cool air inside in the summer. Especially when you couple that with low-E double pane glass, you experience more benefits to include fade resistance for your interiors.
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