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Wood Replacement Windows

Wood replacement windows are traditional and durable, and they provide excellent insulation. Sections of wood frame windows are cut precisely in a miter that is shaped like the box frame. The window frame and sashes are all constructed from wood and milled and routed into the customized shapes for your home window type. They are generally nailed, screwed, and glued together. Caulk is also used to help seal the sections of wood used to construct the window frame. Read below about some of the benefits of installing replacement wood windows.

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Pros of Wood Windows

  • Replacement wooden windows have a traditional charm that looks great in older or modern homes. There are many different types of wood window to choose from, and they can be painted or stained different colors to work with just about any design that you have in mind.
  • Wood is an excellent insulator, and wooden windows can be highly energy efficient when paired with quality insulating double paned or triple pane glass.
  • Wooden windows aren’t susceptible to the expansion and contraction that new vinyl windows and aluminum window types suffer from during temperature changes. While wood expands and contracts from moisture exposure, properly painting the frame will reduce this risk. Wood is durable and known for standing up to hard use. Hardwoods are particularly resilient and will hold up over time when well cared for. Wooden windows are also less likely to lose their seal than vinyl or aluminum.
  • Wood window frames are considered a “green” window installation choice since they can be reused, recycled, and sustainably sourced. Many wood windows can even be composted once the paint is removed.

Things to Consider Before Installing Wooden Windows 

  • Wood windows are one of the most expensive window installation options on the market today, though the price to install depends on the type of wood used. Hardwoods tend to be more expensive but they are also the most durable. Due to the higher cost, buying wooden window frames should be considered a long-term investment for your home.

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How much does it cost to replace wooden windows?

Homeowners on average pay around $725 per wooden replacement window, including installation. The installation costs will vary depending on which window brand you choose, the window style (casement, double hung, etc.) and average local labor costs – usually around $38 per hour. Wooden windows are more expensive than vinyl replacement windows – which can be installed for as low as $375 to $685. Read about window installation cost factors here, or use our wood window cost calculator below.

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Window Installers Near You

Find trusted wood window installers in your area. Use the zip box below to find window contractors and get started on your new window installation project. Review contractor’s profiles, reviews and ratings, and find the most reliable window installer in your area. (Be aware some contractors serve multiple states and cities and may have a listed physical address in their profile different from your current location. No worries, we will always connect you with pros serving your exact location.)

Clad Wood Windows

As mentioned above, wooden windows are extremely reliable and aesthetically pleasing, but they are known for rotting or suffering the effects of weather over time. However, this issue can be solved by aluminum or fiberglass wood cladding. An aluminum or fiberglass exterior is used on the windows to help protect the wood from harsh weather conditions. This helps keep the windows in good condition for longer while preserving the charm of wooden windows on the inside of the home.

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Types of Wooden Windows

When shopping for a wood window frame, consider the type of wood that you want. For example, pine is one of the most affordable types of wooden windows, while mahogany is one of the most expensive because it suffers less from expansion and contraction than other wooden window types. The other types of wood used for wood windows are usually made up from accoya, idigbo, iroko wood, sapele, softwood, and softwood (European redwood.)

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Primed Wooden Windows

If you plan to paint your wood windows, you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble by choosing wooden windows that come pre-primed. They generally aren’t any more expensive than bare wood windows and will save you time during the installation process.

New Construction Wood Windows

When buying wooden replacement windows you’ll have to decide between windows designed for new construction versus replacement windows. Most of the time, the replacement windows will save you time and money, unless you are having windows put into a brand-new house that doesn’t have windows yet.

Replacement windows lack the nailing flange, so they are designed to fit into an existing window frame. These windows are smaller and more affordable, and they can be installed in less time. New construction windows are only desirable when windows are being put in for the first time or when the old frame rotted out or needs to be replaced entirely.

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