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Understanding Some Of The Drawbacks Of Wood Windows

If you want to replace all of the windows in your home, you may be looking at your options. The two most common window types are wood and vinyl. Vinyl windows are more common now, and have experienced a growth in popularity for many different reasons, not least because wooden windows tend to come with additional problems. There are actually quite a few disadvantages to choosing wooden windows, so keep reading to learn about what these disadvantages may be.

Wood Swells

Wood frames often cost a great deal more than vinyl. Vinyl frames may cost $500 per window on the lower range, while wood ones are at least $700 a piece. So, if you end up spending at least $200 more per window, it may be incredibly frustrating when you realize that you simply cannot open your windows in the spring.

Wood windows tend to swell, and this is one of the major drawbacks of the material. Simply put, the wood will absorb moisture if it comes into contact with a great deal of water. Humidity both inside and outside the home can cause warping issues. And while the water will evaporate, the wood can warp as it shrinks. This has a lot to do with the way that the cellular structure of the wood pulls apart as it dries. 

If you live in a humid area, then you can purchase wood windows that are unlikely to swell and shrink. This means buying a wood that is considered stable. Cedar, fir, and redwood are a few options, but these choices will often increase your overall costs since oak tends to be the default material, and you may have to custom order the windows to get a different type of wood.

Insects Can Damage It

Wood is obviously a natural material that is used as a food source for many different animals. Dead wood is most often used to feed insects like termites, wood-boring beetles, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles. 

If your windows are made from wood, they can easily become a wood source for insects. If the windows become infested, then you may even see a woodpecker or two around your home pecking at the frames to get to the insects inside.

Insect infestations can quickly destroy your windows. You can keep infestations at bay, but it does take some diligent work to do so. You need to make sure that the windows are always covered with paint or a thick polyurethane sealer. Caulk should be used to seal the windows around the frame. Also, you must inspect the wood for rot a few times each year. Rot needs to be treated immediately or it will spread. It also can serve as an entry point for insects. 

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