How to Care for Your Wood Windows DIY Style

Does your home have new or original wood windows? Whether new or old both need maintenance to keep them in good condition. Here are 5 steps for keeping your wood windows looking their best!

Step 1 

Over time windows can have a lot of built-up dirt and grime. First dust off windows with a dry rag. Repeat this process until there is no dust left on the window. When this step is finished, a vacuum or broom might be needed to collect any dust or dirt that is below the window.

Step 2

You’ll need a clean cloth, get the cloth damp by soaking it in water and then ringing it out. A wood cleaner is preferred for the best results, but if that isn’t available dish soap is also an okay substitute. Place a towel or tarp below the window that is being cleaned to avoid cleaning up an extra mess. Have one clean dry cloth handy in case of any dripping water from the damp rag.

Step 3

Scrub the window frame with your damp cloth. This process should be repeated until satisfied with the results. If the process is repeated, clean the cloth previously used or scrub with a new clean cloth.

Step 4

It is recommended to wash the window and surrounding areas after washing the frame. This process is only necessary if you feel more clean up needs to be done.

Step 5

When cleaning window frames, this is a great time to check the condition of the window. Don’t know what to check for? At EHI, we suggest to examine the weather stripping and seal; they should be in place correctly with no damage. No moisture should be between the window panes. If any of the problems listed previously are detected your window might be in need of a repair.

 

Vinyl vs. Wood Windows: Which Windows Should You Buy?

VINYL OR WOOD?

Should you buy Vinyl or Wood Windows?

There are multiple window types to choose from, which can sometimes be overwhelming for buyers. Many people aren’t sure which material will look best in their home. Buying windows is a big decision in itself.

To help you make the right purchase, we’ll compare the pros and cons of vinyl and wood windows. Are wood windows better than vinyl? Are vinyl windows better than wood? What exactly is the difference between vinyl and wood windows? To make an informed decision, we’ll discuss the difference between the most commonly purchased window types.  

 

Energy Efficiency

Window efficiency is probably your number one concern. You would think vinyl and wood windows have two different levels of efficiency because they aren’t the same material. But… They perform very similarly when it comes to window efficiency. Other factors set them apart: Window maintenance, price, and customization options.   

 

Maintenance

In the past, wood-exterior windows needed sealing or painting, not just at the time of installation but through their lifetime. This action was done every 3-4 years to help protect from elements. Efficiency Home Improvements offers modern wood windows with aluminum cladding on the exterior that will never need painting.

Vinyl windows need very little upkeep; no painting or sealing is necessary. A yearly wash and a checkup to ensure they’re functioning correctly are all that’s necessary.

 

Customization

You’ve probably heard wood windows are easier to customize than vinyl. You’re right; this is because wood can be stained or painted to your desired color. Aluminum cladding protects the windows and offers a wide array of color options. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the beauty of a real wood grain interior which can be stained or painted in the factory to standard color offerings, or unfinished so the homeowner can finish. It is recommended to find a factory finish that will match your home’s interior. Cladding can be chosen from standard offerings to match the home’s exterior colors or even custom matched to a paint color. This is usually offered only on the highest level series for a premium.

Vinyl windows are available in limited colors other than white; vinyl just can’t ever be painted. There are a variety of colors and finishes available to match your home. (A salesperson will help point you in the right direction when choosing a color).

Many people purchase wood windows for the visible appearance of the wood grain. Vinyl woodgrain laminate is available and can be matched to cabinets and floors. There is a difference in vinyl woodgrain laminate and wood window texture. The classic style of wood is always a favorite.

Summary and Costs

Yes, vinyl windows are a more basic window compared to wood, but you probably will spend less money with this option. Plus, if you choose vinyl, you don’t have the hassle of resealing or painting your windows every view years. If you’re happy with a basic functioning window with limited color options, vinyl is for you. Some neighborhoods and style of homes will dictate this choice.

If you can’t stand the look or feel of plastic on your classic craftsman home, then wood windows will be great in your home. You might be paying more for wood, but you will maintain a high resale value with your historic home.   Wood windows can cost 1.5-3 times the cost of vinyl windows on average.