Wood vs. Vinyl Windows

Are you in the market for new windows? There are many choices to make—the material is one of the biggest ones.

Window Materials

When replacing your home’s windows, there are many different options to choose from. Some of your window material options include:

  • Aluminum
  • Fiberglass
  • Vinyl
  • Wood

Vinyl and wood are two popular choices when it comes to window installation. But which one is best for you? Keep reading to learn about the differences between wood and vinyl windows!

Differences Between Wood & Vinyl Windows

It is important to understand the key differences between wood and vinyl windows before making your final selection. The main differences between wooden windows and vinyl windows are:


Wood Windows


Vinyl Windows



Although made of (you guessed it) wood, the exterior of wood windows can be covered with aluminum, PVC, or fiberglass. Vinyl windows are made from high-quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
   Colors & Finishes




 Wood windows can be natural, stained, or painted.  Mostly white, vinyl windows are sometimes available in a variety of colors.
Maintenance    Wood windows require more maintenance than other types of windows (such as sealing). Vinyl windows are low-maintenance and can be cleaned with a cloth, warm water, and dish soap!
Energy Efficiency Wood windows are energy-efficient. Vinyl windows get pretty high marks for energy efficiency.


If your priorities are affordability and minimal maintenancevinyl windows may be a good option.

If you want windows that are attractive (nothing beats the natural warmth and beauty of wood windows!) and energy-efficient, consider wood windows.

Window Installation in Maryland, DC & Northern Virginia

Shanco installs both wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles, from casement to slider. To learn more about various types of windows, check out our blog! And if you’d like to schedule a consultation for your window replacement project in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, contactShanco today!



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