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New Replacement Windows: Vinyl v. Wood

When it comes to window replacement, the two most popular window materials that homeowners gravitate towards are vinyl and wood. Each type of window has its own set of pros and cons, and it’s important to consider your lifestyle and the price points you are comfortable with when deciding between them. So, how do they compare? Let’s take a look.


In homes where a greater importance is placed on character and appearance, wood might be the better choice of material, as there are more customization options, as well as a greater choice of colours for painting or staining. While vinyl windows come in a variety of design options, making it possible to find a style that matches the character of your home, the colour you choose is permanent. You don’t have the option to change the colour of your vinyl windows down the road, unlike wood which can be painted a new colour if you so choose.

Maintenance and Durability

Vinyl windows are structurally strong and have a longer life expectancy than most other window types. They don’t require the same type of maintenance you might expect of wood windows, thus saving you time, effort and money. If the homeowner is unable to commit to the maintenance involved for wood windows, vinyl will be the better option. Well-maintained wood windows should last longer than vinyl windows. Some problems that they may encounter include warping or cracking which may compromise the window’s energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency

Vinyl windows are likely the most energy efficient as a material for any window frame. Vinyl is a neutral material that doesn’t absorb heat, nor will it transfer heat in or out of the window. Vinyl windows are airtight. With no joints or spaces for cold air to sneak through, a properly installed vinyl window prevents air leakage in any direction.

Wood is also a good insulator, but maintenance plays a vital part in preserving wood windows. If there is warping or cracking due to lack of maintenance, the window’s energy efficiency will become compromised.

Energy efficiency is also greatly affected by the type of insulated glass used in the window. The vinyl windows supplied by First Response Glass come with multi-chambered extrusions and a 1” thick insulated, Low-E glass unit with warm-edge spacer technology for thermal efficiency.


Wood windows are the costliest type on the replacement window market, as this is aligned with the cost of the material and the labour involved in production. Vinyl windows are more budget friendly, especially when one considers the savings in energy bills over the lifespan of the windows.

To find out more about the vinyl windows First Response Glass installs, call 250-383-9300 for an obligation-free quote.