Wood windows have been around since people started adding glass openings into their homes.
This material is as beautiful and timeless as any building material you can name and, for that reason, wood windows are still highly prized in home construction and renovation. In Utah, however, homeowners often express concern about the maintenance and durability challenges this material can experience when exposed to our sometimes harsh and ever-changing weather conditions.
Fortunately, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can help you with this challenge.
Why We Love Wood Windows
For natural beauty and warmth, nothing compares to the aesthetics of wood window frames. They can enhance the character and visual appeal of your home as well as its value.
Wooden frames, if made from renewable species, is considered by many to be more environmentally sensitive. This material also does a good job of insulating your home, reducing your energy use and improving indoor comfort. Wooden frames, when they are made and sealed well, are also excellent for soundproofing, cutting down on the intrusion of traffic sounds and other outside noise.
You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes, designs wood species and stain colors, which provides a virtually limitless opportunity to customize your frames to your liking.
How Do Wood Windows Compare to Other Frame Materials?
In addition to wood, you can also select vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum frames for your new or replacement windows. So how do these materials compare?
Aesthetically, these alternative materials may not compare – depending on your personal design tastes. However, if your concern is durability and ease of maintenance, vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum all score a bit better. Wood requires periodic sealing, staining or painting. It’s also highly susceptible to rotting and warping if not properly sealed.
Vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass can all provide effective insulation and soundproofing, depending on the manufacturer and design you select. They also offer a fair amount of finish options to help achieve the look you want.
Get the Best of Both Worlds with Wood-Clad Windows
What if you could have the best of both worlds? You can, if you select wood-clad windows.
You get the aesthetic benefits of wooden frames combined with the strength, durability and low-maintenance benefits of fiberglass, aluminum or vinyl. You may see these frames described as aluminum-clad (or vinyl-clad or fiberglass-clad), this design bonds the synthetic material of choice to the exterior of the frame.
You can choose wood-clad designs for both new construction and replacement windows for your Utah home.
Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors represents many of the most well-respected manufacturers in the world, including Lincoln, JELD-WEN and Milgard. For more information or to request a personalized estimate for your new or replacement wood windows for your Utah home, call the experts at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors today.