What’s better, wood windows or vinyl windows?
Wood has been used for window frames for as long as windows have existed. Vinyl windows (and aluminum windows) were originally developed as lower-cost alternatives to wood. Until recently though, wood windows have been the best choice, because wood is a natural insulator.
But technological advances in vinyl (PVC extrusions) have more than leveled the playing field. Top-of-the-line vinyl has been tested and shown to have better insulating properties than wood. And contrary to what most people believe, vinyl is very environmentally friendly. If it wasn’t, it would not be used in hospitals.
Furthermore vinyl windows, unlike wood windows, require almost no maintenance. Unless you’re going to refinish the wood regularly, vinyl will outlast wood. Wood windows are also typically more expensive than even high-quality vinyl windows.