With the multitude of window options available it can be difficult to sift through all of the information and figure out what windows are right for you. One of the greatest challenges, and the biggest decision to make, when buying windows is deciding which window material is right for your home.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and cost-effective option, vinyl windows are best. If you want to change the color of your windows from year to year, wood windows may be the better option.
Vinyl and wood windows actually perform similarly when it comes to energy efficiency
Wood windows require more maintenance than vinyl windows. Wood should be re-painted or re-stained every 3-4 years to help protect them from the elements.
Unlike wood windows, vinyl windows require little upkeep and maintenance after they’re installed, because they never need to be repainted or re-stained. Simply wash your windows with soap and water and give your windows a quick checkup to make sure they are performing the way they should.
Most homeowners think when you buy vinyl windows, you are stuck with plain white windows. This is not the case. Vinyl windows can come in a variety of colors and finishes to match your home’s décor.
Do you like the looks of wood windows?
Vinyl windows can also be outfitted in a woodgrain laminate that can be color matched to match your wood floors and cabinets. Realistic looking wood laminates are available in a variety of wood grains such as oak, cherry, and maple.