Wood Windows

Wood Replacement Windows & Window Frames
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Wood windows have been used in construction for centuries and still are a great option. The beauty of wood is still unmatched which is one of the reasons why wood replacement windows are considered the high end options when it comes to window styles but they do require more maintenance than vinyl windows or other types of windows. While wood windows do require more upkeep and maintenance than other windows, if properly maintained these windows can last for decades, providing beauty and comfort to homeowners.

The biggest advantage to wood replacement windows is their look. They can be painted or stained to match any interior or exterior color or style and they offer a classic look. They are a great option for homes that have some historical value, yet they are also very useful in more modern home designs as well.

The downside of wood windows is the amount of maintenance they require. Wood requires painting or staining and sealing to protect it from the elements. Otherwise, wood will rot or warp if exposed to moisture or if it gets too dry wood can crack or split. Wood windows are also susceptible to insect infestation, such as termites, so periodically they need to be inspected to make sure there is no sign of insects.
Wood_replacementWith periodic inspections, maintenance and upkeep, wood windows can last for decades or more providing a beautiful look that can only be obtained by using natural wood. Some of the high end manufacturers of wood windows will use mahogany, which is more rot resistant than other types of wood, but due to its high cost, the majority of wood windows are manufactured from pine, which is a less expensive wood source, but requires more upkeep. Despite their added maintenance requirements, wood windows are considered a high end purchase and generally cost more than vinyl windows or other types of windows, but they offer an unsurpassed look for your home.
Most wood windows are available as new construction windows, rather than replacement windows. These windows work well for new construction or if you are ripping out the walls in your home where the windows will be placed. Since new construction windows usually only come in stock standard sizes and the openings of the windows must be made to exactly fit the dimensions of the window. When installing new construction windows, all of the interior and exterior trim must be installed or replaced (unlike typical replacement windows). Some higher end manufacturers of wood windows will make custom sized windows as well. There are other wood windows that are like pocket replacement windows so they can be used as replacement windows and fit into the area where the old window sash was removed, without a lot of extra installation and without having to remove and replace the interior and exterior trim.
No matter what type of wood window you choose and install, with regular maintenance wood windows can be a beautiful addition to your home that will last for many years to come.