For many years wood has been the material of choice for windows. After all, it is one of the most readily available materials, a good insulator, and very versatile. But with fiberglass, aluminum, and vinyl on the market today, homeowners often forget the benefits of using natural materials over man-made. Here are a few reasons you might want wood windows in your home:
1. Classic Aesthetic
Vinyl and fiberglass both try to mimic the style of wood. While they come close, these man-made options simply cannot beat the elegance of the real thing. And luckily you don’t have to settle for an imitation. Wood windows are warm, classic, and some of the most beautiful frames on the market. They can go with any type of architectural style and work with both modern and traditional designs.
You can paint and stain wood windows to create a unique look to match your personal style and taste. There are a number of finishes, stains, and protective coatings you can use to help wood windows look great. You can’t do that with aluminum or vinyl windows. Some manufacturers will even factory finish the window for a finish that is more durable and requires less maintenance.
Wood windows do require maintenance to keep the wood in top condition, prevent wear and tear, and prolong the life of your windows. With proper care, your wood windows can easily last for 30 years or more.
4. Energy Efficient
Wood is a natural insulator and does not readily transfer heat or cold. Wood frames will keep your home more comfortable during winter and summer months. And with good insulation come great energy savings.
5. Noise Resistant
In addition to blocking unwanted heat gains and losses, wood windows also cut down on noise pollution. They can provide an excellent barrier to the sounds of a busy street or neighborhood so you can find solace in your home.
6. Sustainable and Environmentally Conscious
Going green isn’t just a trend. Most homeowners want to cut back on emissions and non-renewable resources as much as possible. Choosing wood windows can be a good start. If you are looking to “go green” as a homeowner then wood window frames are an eco-friendly option in more ways than one. Timber is one of the most sustainable resources available for construction. Also making PVC window frames takes eight times more energy and produces more emissions than timber frames, and vinyl windows also generate 43 percent more waste.
Wood windows may be more expensive when it comes to the upfront cost. But the prices come down to a lot of different factors. Size, style, and glazing technologies all contribute to the cost. And because wooden window frames can outlast most other materials they are well worth the investment.
For more information about wood, windows call the experts at Home Supply Window & Door. You can reach our offices at 973-949-5401 or stop by 160 Van Winkle Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 to speak with one of our team members in person.