When you finally decide to replace your windows, you might find yourself confused as to which type of window to choose for your home. The choices that you have include such popular materials as vinyl and wood. Which of these two are ideal for your window replacement needs and what does one type give you that the other cannot?
Before you decide on getting either wood or vinyl windows, you first need to find out a few things. These include information like which of the two is more energy efficient, which is easier to maintain, which is more durable, and which one will fit your window replacement budget. To help you out, here are some comparisons between the two that outline these concerns.
- Energy efficiency – comparing the energy efficiency of vinyl windows and wood windows can be rather tricky. You will first need to determine the R-value of the windows you are thinking of installing to find out if the wood or vinyl versions of the ones you want are better at keeping energy costs down. Not all windows are made alike which is why checking the R-value of the windows you are thinking of using, whether it is vinyl or wood, is important.
- Maintenance – wood is porous and vinyl is not. This means that wood windows need to be repainted or refinished every few years or so because of this quality. Vinyl, on the other hand, requires very little maintenance and does not need to be repainted or refinished at all. Regular checks for cracks or damage and wiping down with a damp cloth are all you need with vinyl windows.
- Durability – wood windows are prone to chipping, peeling, warping, and other kinds of damage that usually affects porous materials. Vinyl however are rot resistant, don’t chip, don’t peel, and are resistant to termites and molds. The downside of vinyl when it comes to durability is it has the tendency to crack or become brittle over long period of time.
- Cost – wood windows are the more expensive of the two options, however they also add more value to a home. While vinyl will cost you up to 50% less than the same kind of window made with wood, they won’t give you the same value as real wood windows when it comes to property value.
Wood windows are also better at noise reduction and give more aesthetic appeal to a home, but vinyl windows are easier to install and are extremely weather resistant. Both window options are customizable according to your requirements, but with vinyl, you can get different kinds of wood grains and colors without the cost varying that much.
For your replacement window needs and door replacement needs in Eastern PA and Western NJ, Master’s Home Solutions is the company to call. We specialize in window installation and other home renovation and remodeling services. To find out which windows are best for your home, contact us at (610) 264-3333 and we will gladly help you.