Wood windows have been the standard in window manufacturing for many years because the wood frames are durable and look beautiful with proper care and treatments. While there are a lot of companies offering vinyl and aluminum windows now, there are still a lot of good reasons to use wood windows in your home.
Durability of the Frame
A window with a wood frame is exceptionally durable, and when the window is made correctly, the frame will last for many years. The wood frame should be made from high-quality wood, so it is crucial to go with a window manufacturer that is well known and has an excellent reputation for high-quality materials and craftsmanship when you buy windows for your home.
Many companies offer warranties of as much as fifty years on their wood windows because they know they are going to outlast most homeowners who are having them put in their home. The manufacturer may require professional installation of the windows to offer a warranty that long, but for most people, hiring a window contractor is the best option anyway.
The energy efficiency of a wood window frame is often as high—if not higher—than most other window types. The wood used to make the frames is an excellent insulator, and if the frame is tight, it will not allow air to flow through the wood or around the frame.
When the contractor installs your windows, they will make sure they are square and that they open and close appropriately so that the window seals tightly when it is closed. If the frame is not sealing, let the installer know so they can check the frame and adjust it so that it does seal right.
Aesthetics and Natural Wood
Natural wood can be a fantastic look inside your home. For many people, painting the outside of their wood windows to match the house is essential, but leaving the inside natural or staining the wood can make the windows a beautiful addition to your home. If you want to keep the natural look of the wood, sealing it with a clear sealer will allow the wood to stand out and protect it for many years to come.
Adding a stain to the wood to match other natural woods in your home is another wonderful option. Some manufacturers can add the stain for you when they build the window (saving you time), but if you want to do it yourself, you can wait until the windows are in the house.
For more information or for help installing your windows, contact your local wood windows installers.