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Aluminum vs. Wood Windows

2/27/2015 12:24:35 PM

Are you looking to replace the windows in your home or business? Deciding which framing material you want is an important decision you shouldn’t take lightly. Your selection will impact the installation’s cost, durability, energy efficiency, maintenance requirements and more. Compare wood windows and aluminum-clad wood windows, two popular material choices, to see which one suits you best.

Aluminum vs. Wood Windows:  Durability

Aluminum-clad windows offer exceptional strength for long-lasting durability. Take good care of your aluminum-clad window frames and you can expect them to last for decades.

Wood windows, on the other hand, are prone to warping, contracting, and expanding as temperatures and humidity levels change throughout the year. If the window seal is damaged and the wood frame gets soaked, it may require a replacement.

Winner: Aluminum

Aluminum vs. Wood Windows:  Home Value

A highly sought after feature for many homebuyers, aluminum-clad windows add more value to your home than vinyl or all-aluminum windows. Due to their beautiful aesthetic, wood windows increase home value as well. Both are excellent choices if your goal is to sell your home at a higher price after making the upgrade.

Winner: Tie

Aluminum vs. Wood Windows:  Cost

While the final cost of any window replacement project relies heavily on how many windows you are replacing and what style you choose, aluminum tends to be much less expensive than wood.

Winner: Aluminum

Aluminum vs. Wood Windows:  Maintenance

As an organic material, wood is prone to warping when it comes in contact with moisture. However, wood does not attract condensation. It requires a little more upkeep, especially in humid climates, but as long as you have a quality window installed, water damage shouldn’t be an issue.

With that said, you never have to worry about warping from aluminum windows. The metal withstands exposure to all types of weather and climates without any extra maintenance on your part. Just remember, the style of window you choose impacts maintenance requirements as well. For example, sliding windows are easier to clean and less likely to have a malfunction than single- or double-hung windows.

Winner: Aluminum

Aluminum vs. Wood Windows:  Colors and Finishes

Aluminum-clad windows offer the ultimate flexibility in terms of colors, finishes and wood types. At Weather Shield, you can choose from seven wood species and dozens of aluminum colors. Combine these anyway you like for a custom look to match your home or business.

The same goes for the Weather Shield wood window product line where nine wood species and more than 50 color selections let you customize the look any way you want. The aesthetic of composite and vinyl windows simply don’t compare to the warmth and classical elegance of wood windows.

Winner: Tie

So Which Is Better: Aluminum Windows or Wood Windows?

Many people want the aesthetic of wood without the associated maintenance requirements. That’s why aluminum-clad wood is such a good option. It offers the warm, comforting aesthetic of wood with the strength, durability and low-maintenance of aluminum.

Aluminum & Wood Window Installation

If a window installation is in sight, Weather Shield’s aluminum and wood windows are two viable options to improve aesthetics and boost home value. To learn more about our aluminum and wood window selections, contact us directly or find a Weather Shield dealer near you!

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