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Choosing Between Wood and Vinyl Replacement Windows

Last updated 5 years ago

If you have decided to install replacement windows in your home, you may find it difficult to choose the right style to match your exterior and interior décor. Whether your home is a modern homage to Frank Lloyd Wright or a Mediterranean-inspired bungalow, there are plenty of great wood and vinyl replacement options to fit with your home’s unique style. Here are tips for choosing between wood and vinyl replacement windows:

Environmental Advantages
If eco-friendliness is important to you, you’ll be happy to learn that both wood and vinyl replacement windows are effective insulators and, therefore, both green options. Some buyers prefer wood windows for their ability to be reused in the future, which increases their sustainability. Vinyl can also be a responsible option thanks to dual-pane windows that effectively block out sunlight and reduce solar heat gain.

Maintenance Requirements
Wood windows will require more routine maintenance than vinyl windows. This is because wood is more vulnerable to weather damage, such as frequent moisture in the air causing rot or constant sunlight leading to bleaching. Homeowners will need to reseal windows sporadically and also check for cracks. Vinyl, on the other hand, will only need to be cleaned once every few weeks.

Aesthetic Factors
Vinyl replacement windows offer homeowners variety in terms of color and style. For example, Milgard vinyl models can be finished in eight unique shades to complement your home. Wood, on the other hand, provides buyers with a distinctly traditional and timeless look. Consider the feel you want to evoke when comparing aesthetic advantages. 

If you’re still torn between the two options, come see our beautiful models here at California Glass & Window. Our friendly staff can help you learn more about the benefits of wood or vinyl so that you leave feeling confident about your replacement window selection. Call us at (714) 434-8650 to speak with one of our team members about our products and services.


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