Wood versus vinyl: Which windows are right for you?

Feb 02, 2017

Today’s replacement windows reflect advances in design and engineering that deliver an array of benefits to the homeowner. At Johnson County Siding & Window Company, we’re often asked which is the better choice: wood or vinyl windows.

The answer requires more questions.

Energy efficiency is built into all of the quality replacement windows, regardless of wood or vinyl frames. According to Simonton Windows, you should weigh in on three factors that differentiate wood from vinyl: window maintenance, window customization options, and the window replacement cost.

Window maintenance

Wood windows should be repainted or restained every three to four years. Vinyl windows just need cleaning,

Window customization options

Wood can be stained or painted, so you can get the exact color you want. While vinyl can’t be painted, you still have options. The vinyl can be fit with a laminate that looks like wood. A vinyl clad wood window is another option. The frame is made of wood, with vinyl wrapped around the exterior, reducing the maintenance that comes with wood replacement windows.

Window replacement cost

Wood replacement windows are approximately 20 percent more expensive than vinyl. Whether you choose wood or vinyl replacement windows, expect a solid return on the investment. Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 “Cost Vs. Value Report” shows that vinyl windows will recoup 73.3 percent of your investment when you sell your home, while wood replacement windows are right behind, at 72.1 percent.

The actual cost of your window replacement project will vary, according to the number of windows, the style, custom options, and the installer. If you’re considering window replacement for a home in the Kansas City region, please talk to us at Johnson County Siding & Window Company.


If you know you want to get your home exterior project done, but are feeling stress about paying for it all at once, we can help.

Our financing partner, GreenSky, has sensible payment plans that work for homeowners who prefer to pay in installments. You can also ask your JoCo Siding & Window Co. sales representative about the details!

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