We’re all well aware that wood frames have been used for windows for centuries. Despite the coming of metals and synthetics, wood remains the traditionalist's choice for window frames.
Since average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows, it’s important that the frame material, which makes up a quarter of the window surface, be thermally nonconductive.
Due to its inherent insulating qualities, wood frames deliver exceptional thermal performance along with an attractive natural look. But what other benefits do wood frames offer?
Wood windows with modern weather stripping and hardware are a vast improvement over the drafty, poorly operating windows found in older homes.
One of the main benefits of wood is that you can paint them virtually any color you choose. And well-maintained wood looks good, is stable and can always be repainted easily. Most manufacturers offer pre-primed wood windows.
Wood frames are often used for traditionally styled homes, or in renovating an old landmark home in order to retain the home’s design integrity.
Maintenance is one of the biggest drawbacks to using solid-wood windows. They require a lifetime of maintenance to ward off rot and keep paint looking fresh.
Although it is attractive, water and sunlight can take their toll on wood frames. Wood also rots, shrinks and swells.
Even if their integrity isn't compromised by severe weather, wood frames need to be repainted from time to time to keep up their appearance.
Unfortunately, quality wood windows are among the higher priced window frame products. And the time you’ll need for maintenance should be factored into the decision to choose wood frames for your replacement windows.
If you choose wood windows for your home, you should look for good quality wood that won't warp or twist and high quality hardware and locks.
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