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Wood vs. Vinyl Windows: A Comparison

Wood and vinyl are two of the most popular choices when it comes to window material. Both make for excellent windows, but in the end, which one is the better choice? Here’s a point-by-point comparison between the two to help you decide on a window replacement:


Wood requires regular care to maintain its form and function. Without the regular scraping, staining, sealing, and repainting required by wood, it becomes subject to such ills as rot and moisture damage. Vinyl, on the other hand, does not rot. It doesn’t absorb moisture as well so it will not expand when it is humid and it is color-fast, never needing scraping, staining, sealing, and repainting to stay beautiful and functional.


Windows endure a lot of abuse in the form of harsh weather and other outdoor threats. Against harsh weather, both wood and vinyl windows hold up really well but continued exposure to moisture can get to a wood window if proper maintenance is not carried out.  In terms of sturdiness, the two also do good against impact but wood takes a backseat to vinyl where pest damage is concerned.

Energy Efficiency

Wood is, without a doubt, energy-efficient. As the material insulates well, it is effective at inhibiting the transfer of heat between your home and the outside. Vinyl also insulates well, but better than wood, thanks to hollow spaces in window frames made of the material that trap air and boost vinyl’s ability to stunt heat transfer.


Wood had been the standard for so many years but now wooden windows have become more of a specialized product. Vinyl windows were specifically developed to replace their wooden counterparts that’s why the former are easier to find in the market today. This easy availability also accounting for part of what makes a vinyl window’s price tag more manageable than wood’s.

Value for Money

While both wood and vinyl windows make great additions to any home, one offers better value for money and that’s the vinyl option. This is because vinyl windows are more affordable than wooden ones. Given the benefits they offer, factoring in the price tag will show you that vinyl windows are the more cost-effective choice. Even when you don’t have to worry about a budget, pocketing savings is always a good thing.

Tradition vs. Progress

While wood is, and continues to be, a great choice of building material, in the face of technological improvements and refinements it really can’t compete with vinyl. By choosing vinyl over wood, you get convenient upkeep, improved energy efficiency, and better value for your money. That’s a great deal no matter how you look at it for anyone looking to give their home a boost by replacing their windows. To learn more about vinyl windows and what they can do for you and your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local window expert right away.


Author Bio:

Todd Kroll is Kroll Window’s vice president. Even though he’s been part of the company since 1985, he believes that you can still see and experience something bright and new everyday in the industry, taking charge of the company’s marketing and promotional activities. Check out the company blog for updates from Todd!


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