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Vinyl vs. Wood Windows

April 22, 2013 Categories: Replacement Windows Vinyl Windows

Blog Post Updated on: April 15, 2019

Vinyl Wood Windows

In this post you will learn …

  • Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of wood and vinyl windows.
  • Identify which window is the better long term purchase for a home owner.

wood vs vinyl windowsWood windows are fast becoming a construction solution of the past. Wood is problematic in building, and the end user seems to always be scrambling to keep up with its maintenance. Wood warps, splinters, cracks, and generally annoys us. The only problem is… we love the way it looks.

Enter Stanek Windows. Stanek’s wood series windows look exactly like wood but without the maintenance-related issues of wood. These splendid vinyl replacement windows are designed to be fully customizable for a perfect fit and superior energy efficiency. Made of low-maintenance, high-quality uPVC vinyl, they mimic wood so beautifully, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference!

Let’s get scientific though. If you glance at the charts below, you’ll find that the pros for vinyl windows overwhelm the cons in a very convincing manner.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Windows


  • vinyl wood grain windowThe material used to make vinyl windows, uPVC, is a safe, stable compound that will not warp or flex.
  • Vinyl windows come in a wear-ever lifetime woodgrain finish.
  • Available in light oak, medium oak, and walnut look-alikes.
  • Will not rust, warp, splinter, or rot.
  • Highly weather-resistant, even in extreme conditions.
  • A scratch can almost always be polished smooth with very little effort.
  • One of the many reasons for uPVC’s popularity in the industry is its ease of maintenance. In fact, it is renowned as one of the world’s lowest-maintenance materials in construction.
  • Since uPVC is a poor cold or heat conductor, owners get better insulation, compared to wood windows.
  • More economical than buying wood windows.
  • Easy to handle and lightweight, vinyl windows are champions in the trade.


  • Though fire-resistant, vinyl windows will melt if they are exposed to a prolonged flame.
  • They aren’t real wood.

Now take a look at this next chart, which compares the pros and cons of wood windows.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Windows


  • wood windowWood always adds value anywhere it’s used.
  • Wood provides a high aesthetic appeal.


  • You’ll pay more for wood windows.
  • Maintenance and repairs of wood windows are more expensive than vinyl windows.
  • The exterior must be sanded and repainted every 2-3 years.
  • Wood warps, swells, scratches, stains, and splinters.
  • Wood windows are more difficult to insulate.
  • Wood is much heavier, making it more difficult to work with.
  • Wood burns in a fire, sometimes very readily.

Stanek brand vinyl windows are backed by a limited lifetime warranty on materials and a full 2-year labor warranty. Ready to take a look at our gorgeous wood window series? Schedule your free consultation with one of our window experts today!