When installing new windows in your home, you will be able to choose from options such as wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and aluminum window frames. While there are unique advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these options, this article specifically seeks to look closer at the pros and cons associated with the option of wood replacement windows. This is because not only is wood one of the most traditional options the market has to offer, it is also one of the most popular. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing wood and decide for yourself if wood is the right choice for your window replacement.

The Advantages Of Wood Replacement Windows

Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of choosing wood replacement windows is their versatility. These window frames can easily be customized to fit any size and shape. You can also customize the look of wood window frames using stains and paints to create a finish that perfectly matches your specific home. Best of all, since wood windows can easily be stained or painted multiple times throughout their lifespan, you can change the look of these windows any time you choose.

Another benefit associated with wood replacement windows is the insulation that they are able to offer. Since wood naturally protects against the transfer of heat, these window frames help to ensure that heat from outside is not transferred into your home during the summer months and that the heat created by your furnace is not transferred outside during the colder winter months. 

The Disadvantages Of Wood Replacement Windows

One of the most common complaints regarding wood replacement windows is in regards to the maintenance that these windows require. Unlike the other options that the market has to offer, wood is a natural material. As a result, wood is susceptible to types of damage that other materials are not. For example, wood is highly susceptible to water damage if it is not properly sealed. Wood can also be damaged as a result of termite infestations. However, if you simply take the time to seal your windows using wood stain or paint every few years, you will be able to enjoy the benefits that these windows provide for many years to come.

In addition to the maintenance requirements associated with wood windows, some homeowners may also find the price of these windows to be a disadvantage. While all replacement window materials have both high-end and low-end options available, wood windows are consistently among the more expensive options.