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Vinyl Windows vs. Wood Windows: Which Should You Choose?

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Choosing the Right Windows for Your Home

If you are remodeling, renovating or even doing some decorating in your home, windows and window treatments are often high on the list of priorities. Changing out old windows and putting different treatments on windows can make a large difference in a space, no matter what other work you do. Why? Light! How much light gets through the window and how it is diffused, blocked or otherwise altered can present a room in a myriad of ways.

And if you are renovating your home, you may be faced with a decision about your old windows and what to replace them with. Do you go with vinyl replacement windows, or wood windows? Before you make such an important decision, allow us to present you with some details about both types of window replacements so you can make the choice that is right for your home.

Wood Windows

Among the different window options available on the market, wood windows are considered the premier standard for several reasons, but vinyl windows are as popular now despite their relative youth in comparison to wood windows.

The main reasons that wood windows are the standard by which most are measured are because of the material, price, and benefits. Wood windows are highly energy efficient, come in a litany of colors and styles that can fit your home’s décor, are the best at insulating your house from heat and cold, and many of them have warranties of up to 50 years or more, which means once you put in wood windows, they may well be your very last windows. They are low maintenance in that they only need scraping or painting every few years, which can be worth the price you pay.

For all of these benefits, wood windows are expensive and may not be the right fit for your home. There is such a thing as pricing your home out of the market, and for some homeowners, wood windows would do just that. But, if you are not planning to sell and you would rather have quality windows that can keep your heating and cooling bills down, then wood windows may just be the right choice.

Vinyl Windows

For many homes and budgets, vinyl windows are a very good alternative to wood windows in many respects. Though windows made with vinyl are only about 40 years in the making, the manufacturing technology has advanced to where vinyl, though much cheaper than wood, can be nearly as good as wood and be right for many average homes.

Though vinyl windows have a warranty of about half of wood (around 20-25 years), that is still long enough for many homeowners to enjoy, as the average homeowner moves in fewer than 10 years, which means at least two homeowners will be able to enjoy vinyl windows without having to replace them. Vinyl windows, like our very own Mezzo line, have expanded their color offerings in recent years, and they have an energy-efficiency rating that is similar to wood – especially those vinyl windows that have insulation in the frames.

Vinyl windows are essentially no-maintenance windows in that they will never need any scraping or painting to maintain their consistent color. Some vinyl windows can be half the price of wood – and with the difference in warranty, being half the price might make them a good value for you.

Which Windows Are Right for Me?

There is not one set answer here. It really depends on your budget, the reason for the replacement, the style of your home and the warranty/durability you are seeking. Wood windows are great for high-end, designer homes that are in certain climates where wood won’t dry out and re-painting or scraping would be as minimal as possible.

However, if you are looking to replace your windows with something that has durability, energy efficiency and provides adequate protection from the elements at an affordable price, you really cannot go wrong with our Mezzo line of vinyl windows. They are crafted high-quality to our rigorous standards, and we will gladly put our name behind them as a value-budget choice for your home.

Contact us for a consultation and quote for your custom-made Mezzo vinyl windows today!

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