When it comes to replacing your windows, you might want to consider using wood. Wooden windows can either be installed by you or a professional. However, if you are not into the practice of do-it-yourself home renovation and you do have the extra money to pay someone, it might be better to pay a professional to install them just to be on the safe side. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of these types of windows.
Are They the Obvious Choice?
Wooden windows are the obvious choice if you are renovating or restoring an old, wooden historic house. Most historic homes are made of wood and using wooden windows would be obvious for this type of home to keep up with the style and theme. However, if you have a different type of house then it might be best to go with vinyl.
They Appeal to Potential Home Buyers
If you plan on selling your home one day, considering wooden windows might be your best option. This is because they appeal to potential home buyers. When a potential home buyer comes to look at your home, they will look everything over, including windows. Since wood normally appeals to potential buyers because of its natural beauty, this is an advantage to you.
It is a Natural Insulator
When you have those chilly days and nights, your wooden windows are great at keeping the cold outside, where it should be. They will do the same during summer; keep the heat out so it will be the perfect temperature in your home. Wood isn’t just a great way to insulate your home naturally but it will also help with energy savings.
Maintenance: Painting and Sealing
Although wooden windows might be an obvious choice for a wooden theme home, the maintenance involved might make you think otherwise. For example, you not only have to paint and seal them when installing them but you will also have to repaint and re-seal them for as long as you have them. Keep in mind, you will only be painting and sealing the inside of the windows because the exterior is cladding. If you like to paint every few months or so, this isn’t a big deal but if you aren’t too excited about doing this task then you might want to consider vinyl.
More Expensive than Vinyl
One thing you might want to consider when choosing wooden windows is that they cost a little more than vinyl. One reason they are more expensive is because they are in high demand because of their natural beauty.
When it is time to replace your windows and you don’t know whether or not to go with wood, take these pros and cons into consideration before deciding on which way to go for your home. You might be surprised at how much you either like them, or not like them at all. Weigh the pros and cons heavily and go by the theme of your home when deciding what the best type of windows is for it.