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15
Jul
2016

Vinyl versus wood – which windows are best?


When the need arises to replace the windows in your home, you will most likely be confronted with a number of options and choices. One of the main choices you will need to make is the type of materials you want. While metal frames are not favored for obvious reasons, some buyers choose wood while others prefer vinyl. Understanding the differences between these two options is essential if you want to make the right choice.


Material differences

Vinyl is known for its durability because they are made from a high-quality type of PVC. There are also reinforcement elements in the sash to ensure that these windows are that much more stable. Wood frames are sometimes favored for their aesthetic appeal, but the exterior will be particularly vulnerable to the elements. The only way of really protecting the exterior wood is by covering it with a  special kind of plastic coating.


Care and maintenance

Wood frames need to be regularly maintained which means that painting, varnishing, staining, sanding, and other similar wood treatments are essential on a regular basis. If you fail to offer your wood windows the proper protection, they will end up fading, warping, and they could suffer from water damage. Vinyl, on the other hand, requires little maintenance other than regular cleaning.


Color choices

While many people think that vinyl only comes in white, this is actually no longer the case. Vinyl windows are available in several colors, including shades that resemble wood. So you can get the beauty of wood without all the maintenance!


Readily available

Wood can be tough to source from time to time, and they also take a fairly long time to manufacture, so the turn-around time doesn't nearly compare to that of vinyl. Vinyl is easy to source, and there are plenty of standard sizes already made and ready to ship. Custom windows can also be made quite easily and quickly since PVC is easier to come by than wood.


Costs

Vendors prices differ and the price of each model will also vary depending on the size and complexity of the design. On average, you can expect to save about 25% when choosing vinyl rather than wood. This is largely due to the fact that wood is in far more limited supply, and it's also more expensive to process and shape. 


Insulation

While metal is a good conductor of heat, wood is not. This means that they are great insulators and will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Vinyl is also a great insulator and the space between the interior, and exterior parts of the frame help keep the outside temperatures from affecting those inside your home. So, when the outer frame gets cold, the air between the panels will need to cool down substantially before it can affect the temperature of the frame on the inside.


Beauty

Wood is often favored for its natural beauty. Of course, if you have a modern home, its style will be best complimented by a modern type of window like vinyl. That said, as mentioned previously, you can find vinyl with a wood style finish which offers the best of both worlds. You can also add grilles to your vinyl windows to give them an even more authentic wood look!


Property value

When you fit new windows, you should also take a moment to think about the long-term impact of your choices. Wood can pay off if you keep it in perfect condition. Wood is far more susceptible to damage, fading, and even certain forms of infestation. Vinyl, on the other hand, will look great for years, and you don't even need to spend a small fortune on maintenance! The value of your home will benefit with either choice but, in the long run, vinyl is the smarter choice.


At NorthShield Windows and Doors, we offer a wide variety of beautiful vinyl windows. Our professional team is always happy to provide you with a free in-home estimate along with expert advice. Phone Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 /Toronto(905) 326-3444 today to make an appointment.

 

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
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a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
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Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
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