WBC Homes (West Coast Better Homes) is one of the many companies across California that covers Santa Monica, Malibu, Los Angeles, and Burbank. Their services, as shown in their portfolio and videos, include providing homes with roofing work, windows, and patio covers. When people look for replacement windows in particular, they are often overwhelmed with the number of choices available to them and they find it particularly difficult to determine whether wood or vinyl is the better option. Both have their pros and cons that are important to understand.
WBC Homes on the Pros and Cons of Both Materials
There are many different things to consider when determining whether final or what is the better material for a replacement. Many people start by considering the price comma others consider the durability, others still look at the energy efficiency, and then there are those who consider the look. These are all important issues and are all worthy of consideration.
It is actually not recommend it to make price the main consideration. This is because there is a chance that you end up sacrificing quality simply because the upfront cost is lower. What you should be looking for its value for money, which in turn means you need to consider all the other comparison factors as well.
One of the key things about vinyl is that it is incredibly durable, more so than wood. They also have other long-term benefits, such as that they are great insulators and that they can be fitted with tilt-in functions, making it much easier to clean the windows without having to go outside. The added benefit is that their price is quite competitive. Vinyl also comes in various styles and shapes and you will never have to paint them. They tend to be coated with low-E, which is low emissivity, protecting them from the UV rays of the sun. What this means is that your curtains and upholstery will not fade.
Woods, and particularly if it is not looked after properly, can swell when it is in contact with moisture. This means it becomes more difficult to open and close or lift and lower them. Not just that, wood is a great deal more expensive than vinyl. Yes, it is also very strong and very durable, but only if you maintain it properly. This means you will regularly have to treat it, thereby also maintaining its natural beauty. This is an added expense that you need to consider when purchasing replacement windows as well.
None of this means that wood is inferior to vinyl. It must be said that wood, being a natural material, is often far more beautiful and unique than vinyl. However, you also have to consider the fact that wood is flammable and therefore perhaps not the most appropriate material in a part of the country that is regularly plagued by wildfires. At the end of the day, what you need to consider is you own personal likes and dislikes and the pros and cons of both options. That way, you can make an informed decision and choose what is right for you.