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Composite vs Wood Windows

When we talk about composite vs wood windows, we’re really talking about the choice between a traditional material and one of the newest materials on the market. 

Wooden windows are the classic style that sets the bar when it comes to window replacement. After all, wood has been the traditional window frame material for hundreds of years. Today, wood windows offer more performance than ever before, with advances in double—and triple-pane solutions that make them safe, secure, and energy-efficient. When made from sustainable sources, wood windows are also eco-friendly.

Adding wood windows to your home may seem like the best option, but we’ll examine just how they stack up against the newer composite windows that are now on the market.

What are Composite Windows?

Composite windows can be made from a number of blended materials, including PVC, fiberglass, wood fibers, and resins, to create a durable yet flexible material that rivals wood in its insulating qualities. Unlike vinyl windows, composite windows have a solid frame, which is what gives them increased durability and insulation.  They were designed to mimic wood windows, often come with wood grain, and are available in wood-like stain colors. 

Read more about the difference between composite and vinyl windows

Composite vs. Wood Windows

While composites lack the sustainability and tradition of wood, composites offer their own set of pros, including an even higher insulating value and maintenance-free properties.

Wood windows can be made from a variety of wood types that offer a classic, warm aesthetic that’s hard to replicate. They can last many years. The look of a wood window is hard to replicate with a man-made material. For someone who is purest, wooden windows give a home the best, traditional look. For historic homes, there is only one choice: wood. 

Unfortunately, wood windows, as beautiful as they are, require regular maintenance. Without it, peeling, cracking, chipping, flaking, and warping because of moisture are all common side effects of poorly maintained windows. The lifespan of wooden windows is 60 years, but that’s 60 years when well maintained. Without maintenance, that number shrinks down to about 20 years or so. Maintenance involves periodic inspection for signs of deterioration, as well as regular painting or staining to protect the wood.  They may eventually need repairs or refinishing over time to maintain their appearance and integrity. 

Composite windows have the same lifespan of up to 60 years with very little or no maintenance required. With advances in blended pigments, there are no peeling, cracking, chipping, or other problems with the color. 

Choosing between composite and wooden windows depends on your priorities. If you seek low maintenance, durability, and cost-effectiveness, composite windows are an excellent choice. However, if you value the timeless beauty and natural feel of wood, and are willing to invest in regular upkeep, wooden windows might be the perfect fit for your home.

Both options offer unique benefits. Let Volpe Enterprises, Inc. walk you through your options and help you choose the right windows for your home. Contact us today!

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