Despite looking better, homeowners don’t spend more money on wood windows just for their beauty. Vinyl is the more popular window replacement found in any home. However, does this suggest that vinyl is the better product? The answer is no. Many people prefer still prefer wood window restoration instead of vinyl and other products, and despite a few cons, there are many pros to having wood frames. Wood has been the preferred material for construction for many years now and most people find it easy to work with, and a tried and tested material.

The Pros

  1. Aesthetics

As mentioned above, wood windows have a natural beauty to them, and this is one of the reasons that people choose them. Most people may just choose them for their looks, but wood windows are much more than that. Older homes go better with wood frames and they are elegant and classy. They use natural materials, and this gives them a unique beauty. They can be stained or painted to keep with the theme and colour scheme of your home. They are available in so many different styles depending on which you prefer.

  1. Insulation

Wood is the perfect insulator as it is a bad conductor of heat. Wood frames provide up to 400 times more insulation than steel and 1800 times more than aluminium windows. Wood windows will save you lots of money in the long run. It will keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. It will also save you money on energy bills. They are also good insulators of sound. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, you can save about $501 annually when you choose to replace windows with Energy Star approved windows.

  1. Longevity

Wood lasts much longer than other types, provided they are well-cared for. Wood can even last a lifetime. Another plus is that unlike other types, wood is not prone to rust.

Cons

  1. Paint

If wood is left untreated, it will look old and dull, and will surely rot. It needs a fresh coat of paint every now and then to look its best. If frames are not treated, they will swell and make it difficult to move.

  1. Insects

Insects are not good for wood frames, especially termites. However, keeping them painted regularly, protects them from termites as well.

  1. Cost

The initial cost of wood windows may scare you but consider that high quality wood frames can last you a lifetime. They could end up costing you $12, 229 for replacement wood windows however they offer great value for money. Remember that this will also save you money on your utility bill, so the initial cost isn’t something to be frowned upon.

Wood or not?

When deciding on whether you would like wood windows, consider all the pros and cons. Don’t let initial costs prevent you from making wise decisions as wood windows will save you money in the long run.