Windows are important to every house because it adds light and air to your home. Good window placement will increase the ventilation and give you ample gentle light, avoiding harsh sunlight which can be too hot in the summer.
Aside from the placement, windows come in all shapes and sizes. There are double hung windows, picture windows, casement windows, and sliding windows, to name a few. Windows can be used to create accents for your home. It can also add functionality. Bay windows are popular for living room areas, bedrooms, and even the kitchen. It can serve as an extension of your daybed, a greenhouse for your indoor herb garden, or an area for decoratives.
Wood vs Vinyl
Due to the importance of windows and how it can add or take away from your design, it has spawned forth the debate between wood and vinyl. Wood gives homes a more rustic and vintage feel, but it is more expensive and prone to rot - although this is dependent on your climate and wood type. Wood can very well outlast vinyl. Vinyl, on the other hand, offers a more affordable choice and is relatively low maintenance.
Wood is great for insulation since it doesn’t transfer either heat or cold. Vinyl offers less protection but you can fix this easily by filling in the hollow-core frames. Also, vinyl is easily replaceable whereas wood takes up much more workmanship and effort. However, more people prefer wood simply due to aesthetic reasons.
Vinyl: The sacrifice of aesthetics?
Vinyl windows from EcoTech can be just as aesthetically pleasing as wooden frames. You just need to know to capitalize on the material and give you a better aesthetic. For instance, increasing the viewing area is likely to draw the eye away from the frames. Most vinyl windows have thick frames because of considerations to insulation and strength. Wood is far stronger, which is why vinyl frames are often bulkier in comparison because manufacturers want to keep their base strong and well insulated. With the latest technology of narrow line extrusions, or aesthetics engineering, it’s possible to increase the glass area.
The future is in Vinyl
Simply put, wood is a finite resource and requires time to grow. With the eco-movement on the rise, people are turning to less environmentally burdensome materials and looking for alternatives that do not put such a strain on the environment. Vinyl is still the best eco-friendly option at this point in time.
As technology advances, vinyl is becoming more appealing through the offering of colors other than white. While it is impossible to duplicate wood’s natural wood grain, vinyl is slowly becoming more acceptable to the masses.
According to interior design experts, unless you are restoring a historical house, it’s much better to go with vinyl, especially if you are planning to sell within the next ten years. Wood has a lower resale value, at only 68.9% ROI, whereas vinyl estimates to fetch up to 72.3% return.