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Wooden window disadvantages introduction

That said, wooden window disadvantages do thankfully amount to little more than inconveniences. One such inconvenience is that wooden window frames almost always need to be painted, stained, or otherwise treated after or during installation. That’s because of wood, being a once living substance, is susceptible to weathering or warping after some time. If it is not treated and properly cared for, it is likely that your wooden window frames will lose a lot of their lustre and aesthetic appeal. This is just an extra cost you have to take on yourself, but on the bright side you can easily paint or stain your wooden windows any colour you want.

Of course, wood is always susceptible to a variety of different insects, especially termites. This is, of course, something that is more of an issue in some areas of the country than others, but the threat nevertheless remains. That said, properly treating your window frames with paint or stains will often ward off most insects: there are even some special types of treatments specifically designed to nullify the insect threat.

On the other hand, wood can be initially expensive to purchase, compared to vinyl or steel. That said, even though initial wood installation can be more expensive than some other materials, wood has the ability and potential to last far longer than almost all other materials with proper care, meaning that buying those wooden windows is often a one-time thing, whereas steel and vinyl may not be.

Finally, you need to depend on your provider to grant you wood that is high quality. Dealing with any professional company usually guarantees this, but that doesn’t change the fact that you could get wood that is warped or knotted, which is no good for your window frames. All you need to do is double check before installation and make sure that you deal only with respectable companies that won’t try to con you out of quality material.

Wooden window disadvantages conclusion

In the end, wooden window frames to have their fair share of negative aspects and disadvantages. However, it is also clear that they do not have nearly enough cons to outweigh their advantages. Of course, it is always up to the discretion of the buyer to determine if those few cons truly outweigh the many benefits of wooden window frames, but to each, their own is the key. Whether you think it is worth it or not is completely up to you and your prerogative.

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