Vinyl Windows vs. Wood Windows – Which Option Is Right for Your Home?

All homeowners want to choose the right type of windows for their home. Often it comes down to wood windows vs. vinyl windows. While wood windows used to account for more than half of windows used, today vinyl windows are dominating the windows market. But this doesn’t mean wood windows are lower quality or a worse option. Both types of windows have their advantages when comparing cost, insulation value, durability, aesthetics, and maintenance.

To help you choose the best windows for your home, we have put together a comparison for you to use:

Vinyl Windows vs. Wood Windows: A Comparison

  • Materials: Vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and wood windows are made from a wood exterior covered with aluminum or PVC.
  • Cost: This is one of the biggest considerations for replacement windows. In general, vinyl windows are about a quarter less expensive than wood windows, a reason why they have become popular among homeowners today. Wood windows are also more expensive because fewer companies are manufacturing them today.
  • Insulation: People want energy efficient windows today. While vinyl windows are known to allow cold to pass through the hollow frame, they can be filled with an insulating foam to improve efficiency, putting them on par with wood windows as an energy saver. All windows today are much more efficient than the windows produced in the past.
  • Look and style: There is nothing like the natural colour wood windows can offer, not to mention their ability to be painted any colour. While vinyl windows have come a long way and now offer multiple colours and finishes, they are often available at a premium price.
  • Maintenance: This is the one area where vinyl windows are much better than wood windows. Vinyl windows never need to be painted or sealed. They are virtually maintenance free, whereas wood windows need regular maintenance, painting and sealing throughout their lifespan.
  • ROI: We all want to make a sound investment when choosing windows for our home. Both options provide a good return on your investment. However, buyers may be more drawn to wood windows. At the end of the day, if you are selling your home and have new windows, buyers will take notice.

So, which option is best for your home? Only you can answer this question. Vinyl windows are more affordable and easier to maintain. Wood windows have better curb appeal and can be more desirable. The key is to choose the windows that fit your home’s design and overall needs at the time of installation.

If you’d like assistance comparing the pros and cons of vinyl and wood windows, our experts are happy to help. Contact us today to get a free estimate.

More Windows Information

Get more great information that will help you choose the best windows for your home by reading these blog posts:

Windows & Doors Buyers Guide – 8 Things for GTA Homeowners to Consider When Buying Replacement Windows

5 Features That Make Today’s Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient

Fibre Glass vs. Steel Entry Doors – What’s the Difference?

There are many relatively simple home improvement projects that can add value and curb appeal to your home quickly, and without breaking the bank. Replacing your front entry door can do just this. It can enhance your homes look, improve security, plus you can choose a fresh and vibrant colour that will pop and get people’s attention.

Wood front entry doors once dominated the market. Today, there are multiple styles, materials and types of front entry doors to consider. Two of the most popular are fibreglass and steel entry doors.

“Steel and fiberglass entry doors have overcome their cheap images and now compete as equals with traditional wood doors. Steel doors no longer have that gray industrial look but fiberglass doors are where the door market has changed the most in recent years. Early fiberglass doors looked more like fiberglass boats or bathtubs than real wood doors. But all of that has changed in the last 10 years,” says Ray Jensen from DIY Network.

Here is a comparison to help you decide which front entry door option makes the most sense for your home:

Fiberglass front entry doors

This is a popular choice for today’s homeowners. Fibreglass doors have the same appearance of wood and commonly have a wood grain texture. Some you can’t even tell the difference. Plus, they are much more cost effective than traditional wood front entry doors.

The Pros

Here are some of the advantages of choose a fibreglass front entry door:

  • They are less prone to wear and tear when compared to steel doors
  • They can be painted and stained
  • They are virtually maintenance free
  • They are ideal for all temperatures and seasons
  • New designs are considered to be just as secure as steel doors
  • They have a higher R value than wood doors
  • They are available in many colours, finishes, and styles

The Cons

  • They can be expensive
  • They can crack from impact

Steel front entry doors

Steel doors are very common. Some estimate they account for about half from the front entry door market. They are known for their security and being a relatively inexpensive front door option.

The Pros

Here are some of the pros of steel entry doors:

  • They are more affordable than other front door options
  • They are relatively maintenance free
  • They provide good security
  • They are more energy efficient than traditional wood doors
  • They can be painted to meet your colour preference

The Cons

  • They are not as resistant to weather as fibreglass or wood doors, especially in really cold weather
  • They can dent and scratch relatively easily
  • Rust could develop in they are not cared for properly

There are pros and cons to each front entry door type. It really comes down to where the door will be used, how effectively you care for it, and your budget for replacing your front entry door.

Learn more about our selection of steel entry doors and fibreglass doors. Contact us today to talk learn more about your exterior door options.

Windows & Doors Buyers Guide – 8 Things for GTA Homeowners to Consider when Buying Replacement Windows

Is it time to upgrade the windows in your home? The good news is there have never been more options. However, with all the possibilities, there is a lot to consider when choosing replacement windows. It’s not as simple as swapping out an old window for a new one.

Here are 8 things homeowners in the GTA should consider when shopping for replacement windows:

  • Number of windows: How many replacement windows you require is a great place to start. Some homeowners prefer to replace all their windows at once, while others choose to replace one room or one floor at a time. Knowing how many windows and which types and styles need to be replaced is a great starting point.
  • Budget: Your project budget will help you gain a better understand of the type of windows that you should be looking at. To get the best value for your budget, make sure to pay attention to special deals and promotions.
  • Financing options: Directly related to budget, it’s important to also explore your financing options. Many windows companies offer special financing options for its customers. This allows you to get access to the fund you need to replace your windows. Having financing options also allows you to expand your budget requirements and gives you more flexibility in terms of the style and windows options you can consider.
  • Window style: Window style is important. Just because you have a certain style currently doesn’t mean you have to choose this style again. Today there are many different types of window styles, designs, and features to choose from. Remember, replacing your windows is your opportunity to choose the windows you want and the windows that make the most sense for your home. Choose your window style wisely.
  • Window materials: Windows are made from a number of materials. The material you choose will impact the cost, efficiency and many other factors. Today, many homeowners opt for vinyl replacement windows because they are durable, efficient, and secure.
  • Energy efficiency: Energy efficient windows are the way to go today. Buying new windows is your opportunity to not only install new windows, but also improve your homes overall efficiency. Installing energy efficient windows can help regulate indoor temperatures and reduce your energy bill.
  • Glass: No two windows are created equally and choosing the window glass is an important factor when making your decision. LoĒ glass is specially designed to help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature when it’s really hot or extremely cost outside. It also helps to block out the sun’s UV rays and protect your home and furniture from the possibility of fading.
  • Security features: One of the most popular places for thieves to get into your home is through a window, making the security a prime consideration. Review the security features, especially for lower level windows and choose the options that make the most sense for the type and location of the window.
  • Learn more about replacement windows by reading 5 Features That Make Today’s Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient

Beat the Summer Heat – Here’s Why New Windows Will Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

It can get hot and humid in Ontario during the summer. With temperatures easily reaching the high 20s and even getting into the 30s, staying cool during the hot summer is important. No one wants to spend the day feeling hot, sticky, and uncomfortable, especially if you are in your own home.

Keeping your home cool and comfortable is not just about having enough fans and cracking the air conditioning. There are many areas of your home that contribute to the indoor air quality and temperature in your home – insulation, efficiency, and even your windows. In many homes, older windows are the cause of energy loss and a source for hot air to get in during the summer.

Investing in new windows can have more of an impact on your homes temperature than most realize. There is no question that it is one of the main areas where cool air can escape during the summer. In fact, it’s estimated that about 30% of unwanted heat is getting into your home through windows – sunlight and heat enter through inefficient and old windows

How New Windows Can Help Keep Your Home Cool During Summer

Here are some key ways new windows can help cool your home on hot summer days:

  • They act as a barrier: New windows have strong seals that act as a barrier between the indoor and outside elements. Less hot air will be able to get into your home.
  • They keep cool air in: News window help to keep the cool air in and the hot air out during the summer. This is particularly important if you have the air conditioner on. They help to regulate your indoor temperature and you will have less of a yo-yo effect as the temperature changes outside.
  • They are energy efficient: New windows are designed to help improve your homes energy efficient. This means they help keep your home cool during the summer while also helping to lower your energy bill.

Open The Windows And Use Blinds At The Right Time

Timing when you choose to open your windows and close the blinds can play a big role in keeping your home cool. For starters, while you may be tempted to open the window when it’s hot out, this could actually make it hotter in your house. Rather, it’s best to lower your blinds and window coverings when it’s warmest – during the day.

Open your windows at night, when it’s coolest to allow cool fresh air to circulate in your home. Use ceiling fans and other fans to get the air moving.

More Window Care Advice

Learn more about the benefits of replacement windows and how to get the most out of your investment by reading these blog posts by our windows experts:

5 Features That Make Today’s Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient
5 Window Cleaning Tips In Time For Spring Cleaning

Compare your new windows options by calling us today at 1-888-570-3740 to get a FREE estimate.

5 Features that Make Today’s Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient

Vinyl windows are now more popular than ever. They have superseded traditional wood framed windows as a top option for homeowners. With so many benefits, such as simple operation, countless color and design options, durability and the fact that they are almost maintenance free, it’s no surprise they have grown in popularity.

Perhaps what makes vinyl windows the most attractive is their energy efficiency, something that is very important to homeowners. Every dollar saved on energy costs is an extra dollar you will have in your pocket. Installing energy efficient vinyl windows can definitely help.

5 Features that Make Today’s Vinyl Windows Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency is one of the biggest considerations when comparing windows options today. Here are a number of features that contribute to the energy efficiency of vinyl windows:

  • The air tight design: Vinyl windows are designed to be air tight and not allow air to get in or out. They are welded together, meaning they don’t have joints, which is a common area for air leaks. They provide much less air leakage than any other style windows, helping to better regulate indoor air temperature.
  • They use insulated glass: Most vinyl window designs use double or triple pane glass. The added layers provide you with additional insulation and protection from the outside. It also helps to prevent transference of heat or cold through the glass panes and into your home.
  • There is no heat transference through the window: Vinyl doesn’t allow for heat to transfer through it, unlike other windows materials such as aluminum or even wood. When it’s hot outside, vinyl will not allow for the heat to be transferred through the material, helping to protect the indoor temperature and keep it consistent.
  • A low U factor: Vinyl windows are known for their high efficiency ratings. Things like energy star and a low u factor rating ensue they are not only efficient, but also provide you with the performance, durability, and the dependability you want in a window product.
  • Cost savings: It would be remiss to discuss vinyl windows and not talk about the cost saving features. They are an affordable window option when compared to other styles of windows and the true costs savings are seen over time as they help to lower your energy bill and help you maintain a more comfortable and consistent indoor temperature at home.

With the great energy efficient properties and considering vinyl windows can mimic the appearance of a wood style window, they won’t corrode over time like metal or break down and rot due to water damage like wood, you can have the best of both worlds and save on your energy bill once installed.

If you are considering purchasing vinyl windows for your home, we can help. We are happy to answer your questions, provide you with more information about the energy efficient properties of vinyl windows, and come to your home to provide you with an estimate for new vinyl windows.

5 Window Cleaning Tips in Time for Spring Cleaning

Spring is here. Amid your laundry list of spring chores to take care of around the house, one often delayed and overlooked task is window cleaning. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you took the time to fully clean all the windows in your home? Not just the main ones? Many homeowners put window cleaning on the back burner and forget about doing it altogether.

To help you get in the cleaning mood, we’ve put together a great blog post that answers some common questions about window cleaning and tips to get the job done and make your windows sparkle!

How Often Should You Clean Your Windows?

It’s recommended that you clean your windows a minimum of once per year. Twice per year is ideal – once before and once after winter. This ensures that your windows, sills, and frames are clean and dirt, grime, and mold do not interfere with the operation of the window. You can clean them more often if you wish. The more often you clean your windows, the easier it will become over time because you won’t allow for dirt build up to set in.

Inspect Your Windows When Cleaning

While you are taking the time to clean your windows, it is also an opportunity to inspect them. Check to make sure there is no water damage, broken seals, and ensure they are working correctly. It’s also a good time to check your screens for holes. If you notice an issue, give us a call to come and take a look. We are happy to repair any window damage.

Use The Right Cleaning Products

You don’t need to pay for high priced window cleaning products to get your windows clean. Soap and water can do the trick. White vinegar is also known as a great cleaning agent that will get your windows clean.
However, if you notice mold build up on your window tracks or sills, make sure you use a cleaning product that will kill the mold and clean the area effectively.

Clean Everything, Not Just The Glass

Cleaning the glass is the easy part. Your window tracks, sill, and frame need just as much attention as your window. Carolyn Forte from Good Housekeeping explains why you should clean the glass last:

“We know — going at the glass with the cleaner is the most satisfying part. But before you squeeze that trigger, pull back the blinds or curtains, open the window, and inspect its sill, frame, and tracks for obvious crud and cobwebs. Sweep out debris using the small-handled brush that comes with your dustpan. (Skip this step, and you risk a mess later, since the loose dirt can stick to your wiping towel and smear the glass.) Also handy: a cloth-wrapped screwdriver for flicking out dead bugs or hard-to-reach gunk.”

Dust your blinds and window coverings for a complete cleaning.

Clean Your Windows On A Cloudy Day

Sunlight can cause your window and cleaning products to dry too quickly. This can create streaks on the glass. Save window cleaning for a cloudy day for best results.

Happy cleaning!