Wood Windows – The Pros & Cons

When it comes to replacement windows, there is no more classic look than wood. This is likely your best bet if you own an older, more traditional-style home, but be prepared to put in a little maintenance work.


traditional wood windowsTraditional appearance: Many go with cheaper, low-maintenance options only to wind up using stains or wood panel overlays to mimic the more preferable appearance of wood. Nothing beats it if you’re going for a warm, traditional aesthetic.

Adds value: For the above reason, wood-frame windows may add more value to your home.

Insulation: Genuine wood frames are among the best when it comes to insulation. They are far better for keeping heat in than metal frames.

Sound: Wood-frame windows provide a better buffer against outdoor noise than other frame options.

Longevity: When properly maintained, wood-frame windows can last for generations.


Vulnerability: Wood frames are susceptible to damage from water, heat and even termites, which aren’t issues with other options. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends aluminum or vinyl cladding to help minimize some of these issues.

High maintenance: Wooden frames need to be regularly sanded, painted and treated to avoid some of the aforementioned problems.

Cost: Wood-frame windows generally have a higher initial cost than vinyl or aluminum options. “If you’re ordering a standard size, a regular double-hung pine replacement window will start in the neighborhood of $250 to $300, plus the cost of installation if you don’t want to handle the project yourself,” writes Carl Larson of Consumer Research.

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