Talking About Door Options
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Talking About Door Options

Hi there, my name is Trina. Welcome to my site about doors. There are so many indoor and outdoor doors to use throughout your home, garage and other outbuildings. The doors you choose for your home directly influence its overall style. You can add siding, trim and paint to complement or contrast your door selections. I want to use this site to explore the different door styles on the market today. I will also talk about the history of door materials and construction techniques. I hope you can use the information on my site to select the perfect doors for your dwelling. Thanks for visiting.

Talking About Door Options

Should You Choose Wood-Framed Windows For Your Replacement Project?

Loïc Lecomte

If your home is more than 20 years old and you are looking for a spring home improvement project, you may want to consider replacing your windows. Even though they may still appear to be in good shape, they are probably not as energy efficient as they should be. Replacing your windows will not only save you in energy costs, but new windows will increase the value of your home, as well as improve your curb appeal. While there are many replacement window materials to choose from, there is nothing really like wood. Here are a few reasons that wood-framed windows deserve your consideration.

Why Choose A Wood-Framed Window?

Although there are several materials on the market that have been designed to mimic wooden windows, none really can compare to the real thing. Wood-framed windows are perfect for older traditional style homes, as well as new contemporary style homes. They offer character and curb appeal. In addition to this, wood will offer you the following benefits:

Wood-framed windows are better insulators - This will help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while reducing your energy bills. In addition to being energy efficient, the wooden frames will also serve as an effective sound barrier. 

Wood-framed windows are a great green choice - This is about as environmentally sound as you can get in the window market. Although you are using trees, they are a renewable energy source. Years from now if you choose to replace your frames, the wood is completely recyclable or can be naturally broken down and returned to the soil.

Wood-framed windows are long lasting - With an average life expectancy of approximately 30 years or more, you probably will never have to replace your wood-framed windows in your lifetime. This is 10 - 15 years longer than many other materials on the market.

Wood-framed windows offer you a lot of versatility - When you choose wood-framed windows, you are not limited to one single style of window throughout your home. You can find these in a wide variety of styles. Some of these styles include:

  • Classic double hung windows
  • Classic single-hung 
  • Historic single-hung windows - These styles include
  • Wood casement windows - These styles include
    • French
    • Bays
    • Bows
    • Eyebrow
    • Picture and more

Unfortunately, wooden-frame windows also come with a few downsides. Because of their superior qualities, wood-framed windows are slightly more expensive than some of the other materials on the market. The exact cost will depend on the wood they are constructed from, their size, and how much labor is required to put them in. For example, an average sized wood-framed window can range between $800 - $1,000. This compares to $450 - $600 you would pay for a vinyl window.

Wood-framed windows can also be labor intensive. They will require staining or painting every few years. If left untreated, they will warp, swell, rot, or splinter. But the beauty of painting them is the fact that you will be able to change the colors of your windows whenever you choose to paint. 

What Do You Need To Do?

When you get ready to choose your replacement windows, don't just go to the big box store and pick up what you find on the shelf or are able to order. Seek a professional window installer's opinion. In addition to being able to show you many of the benefits you will get from installing wooden-framed replacement windows, they will be able to offer you professional installation. While you may think installing your windows is something you may be willing to undertake on your own, it is not as easy as you think. Save yourself the headache and have it professionally done by a local company, such as Beyers Window & Door Inc