For many years, wood has been the primary choice of homeowners for their windows, and it was the most readily available material. However, as technologies improved and new materials began to be introduced, the weaknesses of wood overshadowed its strengths, favoring supposedly less expensive alternatives.
Nonetheless, let me congratulate you for wanting to learn more about the advantages of wood windows despite the negative things being said, and revive your faith in wood.
Why You Should Still Choose Wood Windows
Wood is a traditional material for residential windows and offers endless options when it comes to shape and style. Wood is easy to work with and has natural strength and durability. This, together with the reasons stated below, should be enough to convince you that wood is still the star.
Many materials on the market try to mimic the look of wood — but they can never be the real deal. If you own a historic or older home, wooden window frames help keep its authenticity. It is important to replace old wood windows with the same material if you want to retain your home’s value.
UPVC and vinyl windows, which are widely marketed as a good alternative to wood windows, use synthetic fibers that contract and expand with changing weather and temperatures. This requires leaving expansion gaps in the frame to allow for movement. Gaps permit air infiltration that can cause drafts and provide an easy access point for thieves and burglars, as crowbars and similar tools can easily fit into the gaps.
Wooden window frames have organic cellulose and strong fibers that can withstand years of weathering and are sturdy enough to discourage robbers and intruders.
Wood can be painted and stained to create a unique look that complements your home — something that you cannot do with vinyl or composite windows, which come in stock styles and colors. Furthermore, painting does not only offer versatility — it also helps prolong the window’s service life, keeping it nourished with protective oils.
Wood offers incomparable insulation benefits, keeping your home comfortable, especially during the winter months — and with good insulation comes great energy savings.
Going green is the trend nowadays. As much as possible, you would want to be able to help in this cause, wouldn’t you? Choosing wood windows is a good start. Wood window frames are made from natural resources, unlike vinyl and composite products that are manufactured in a factory that can add, even just a wee bit, of harmful elements to the environment. However, remember to purchase your wood windows from a reputable company to be assured that your window is not a product of illegal logging.
Wooden windows may be more expensive than those made with modern materials, but they are some of the best windows available. The beauty and energy efficiency of wood should never be taken for granted.
I hope this helps you make the right choice when shopping for replacement windows and that you put wood windows on top of your list of options.
About the Author: Todd Kroll has been serving as Kroll Window’s vice president since 1985. Despite having decades of experience in the construction industry, he still believes that there is still something new to witness and experience every day that is worth sharing through writing informative articles and blog posts. He is currently in charge of Kroll Window’s marketing and promotion efforts; a job that he believes is synonymous with sharing what you love to do.