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Vinyl Windows vs. Wood Windows: Finding Your Priorities

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2015

vinyl-vs-wood-windowsPerhaps you've moved into an old house recently and discovered it's never had window replacements done. As a result, you've probably noticed how much this affects your energy bill, especially last winter. Even now, in summer, you've also likely noticed how hot your home feels despite using an air-conditioner.

All of this is a serious situation you can't just let go. It's easy to get complacent about it when you have a lack of time, or even a tight budget.

The good news is that replacement windows don't have to cost a fortune. Replacement Vinyl windows are the perfect example, even if you've probably heard about how windows made of wood are traditional and been around for a long time.

Vinyl and wood are always the top choices in window replacements, yet vinyl gives you some better options, depending on what your priorities are. You'll want to compare the two to make a better decision, though you'll find that vinyl provides some better advantages not always considered.

Let's take a look at why vinyl vs. wood windows are your best bet for a window replacement in your old home. Once done, you'll start seeing exponential savings on your energy bill by the time fall arrives.

The Cost of Vinyl vs. Wood

If you've seen wood windows in other houses, most likely it was in a an older home. Wood windows simply cost more because quality wood is always more expensive and the process to make them is more involved. Vinyl is typically more than a quarter less in price, despite having quality materials. This is good news for homeowners in the market for replacement windows. 

Vinyl Doesn't Require Maintenance

Those of you who've had wood windows in the past know how much maintenance wood requires. Every year, it requires new sealing or painting due to the elements wreaking havoc. Those old windows you have on your old home are possibly wood windows that haven't had maintenance in years. If they haven't, then you're probably afraid to look at how warped and deteriorated they currently are.

You shouldn't invest in wood windows if you don't take the time to do maintenance. With vinyl, you don't have to worry about maintaining them because vinyl doesn't deteriorate when exposed to bad weather.  Cleaning will be necessary to keep them looking their best.

Painting isn't necessary because vinyl windows already come in one particular color. Keep this in mind if you want to change colors later. Nevertheless, it's worth it so you can use your time for other things each summer.

Appearance and Value

Vinyl replacement windows are attractive, especially because you can buy them in different colors to match your decor.  In addition, they even have "wood grain" windows so you can have the best of both worlds.

In many cases, having a more conservative color helps on resale value when you want to sell your home in the future. Home buyers appreciate vinyl windows because they know they won't have to invest money in repairing them, keeping them looking good and they'll help with the energy bills.

If you're just now replacing your windows, ask about the variety of new colors available in vinyl. More options, features and styles are out there compared to past years.

The Availability of Vinyl

No doubt you want your replacement windows done now and not be placed on a waiting list. Vinyl has fast turnaround time so you can get them installed almost immediately. With wood, you sometimes have to wait for a custom wood to come in before any installation takes place.

Here at Joyce Factory Direct, we provide excellent vinyl windows in many different color schemes and styles. Visit our website to learn more about the advantages of vinyl windows as windows and how they can save you money on your energy bills.

 

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Tags: Vinyl Windows, Replacement Windows