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Both older and new homes need windows that make life easy for the homeowner but also last for many years and compliment the home. Vinyl windows are sold nearly everywhere and are one of the most popular choices, but custom designed wood windows, wood replacement windows, and aluminum clad windows  are also viable possibilities with prices designed to fit almost any budget.

Wood Replacement WindowsWood and Wood Clad
Older homes often have wood framed windows, and if the home is well kept and the windows clean and painted, it’s hard to imagine anything that would offer a more elegant or more natural appearing beauty. People who have wood windows often want to stick with them both because of the appearance and because wood is a natural insulator. If well cared for, the wood framed window is not generally affected by temperature extremes, but it is more prone to swelling or shrinking and will require occasional repainting.

One way to keep the appearance of wood while enjoying the benefits of today’s technology is to use wood clad vinyl replacement windows. These windows have interior wood frames with vinyl on the exterior, giving you the durability of vinyl—which is easy to clean and never needs painting thanks to the custom prepaint applied at the factory—along with the grace and elegance of wood. These windows are a higher cost than vinyl or wood, but the strength, durability and ease of maintenance combined with the stately appearance make up for the initial cost.

Aluminum Clad Wood Windows
Another option for keeping wood on the inside is to use aluminum clad wood frames. Like vinyl, the aluminum will never need painted and can be custom pre-painted to match your house. The aluminum frames eliminate the swelling and shrinking that can occur with wood, and the colors are not as prone to fading in direct sun as vinyl can be in some areas. Like the vinyl clad wood, they are also more expensive than vinyl replacement windows. Aluminum is also not as efficient in its insulating effects as wood or vinyl although many manufacturers build them with an insulating strip to provide the needed insulation.

New Windows Save Money
Homeowners often wait to invest in replacement windows until they are about to sell the house or until the old windows are beyond repair. However, replacing the windows when they actually need to be replaced will save money in the long run both on the cost of heating and cooling your home and on the possible costs of installation. Most people know that a significant percentage of heat is lost by transference through single paned glass. Modern windows are double or even triple paned with non-conductive gas trapped between the panes. If you step close to your windows in the winter and the glass on the inside feels cold to the touch, you are losing heat and could save money by upgrading your windows. In addition, if the old windows have developed gaps around the frame that allow for the invasion of moisture, you risk not only additional energy loss but also the possibility of the material around the window developing rot or mildew from the moisture. If this condition is allowed to persist, you will need to replace more than just the window when it comes time to give your house a facelift.

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