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Vinyl Windows vs. Wood Windows: How to Choose

Did you know window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects to see a return on your investment? While deciding to replace your windows is a big first step, determining what type of windows are best for your home is just as important. This can be a difficult decision, but it doesn’t have to be complicated when comparing your options. Vinyl windows and wood windows are the most common materials to choose from, and each material has its benefits.
Below we’ll compare vinyl windows vs. wood windows to help you make the best decision for your windows.

Energy efficiency to save you money.

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While vinyl and wood windows provide similar energy efficiency, vinyl windows are made to made to provide the optimal thermal performance. Here are a few other comparisons:

  • Vinyl windows have great insulating value.
  • Wood windows expand and contract in response to weather conditions, while vinyl windows do not.
  • Vinyl frames can be filled with insulation to create the highest thermal insulation.

Options to reflect your style.

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The desired look of your windows typically depends on the style of your home. Whether you have a traditional, modern or contemporary feel to your home, vinyl windows are the best choice for these reasons:

  • Vinyl windows are available in several options to compliment both the interior and exterior of your home. Want to see all of the available color options for Simonton Windows? Visit here.
  • Wood windows require staining, while vinyl windows don’t require painting throughout their lifetime
  • If you love the look of wood windows, you can still achieve this look with vinyl wood grain windows!

Cost and maintenance over time

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There’s no debate over cost and maintenance – vinyl windows are more affordable than wood and require less upkeep. Check out these other benefits below:

  • Vinyl windows are approximately 10% less expensive than wood
  • Unlike wood windows, there’s no pitting, peeling or flaking with vinyl windows
  • Vinyl windows retain their finish – no re-painting or staining required!
  • Having vinyl windows in your home means easy cleaning. Watch this video for tips on how to clean your windows properly.

Want to learn more about our vinyl windows? Browse our Window & Door Gallery.


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