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What are the Pros and Cons of Wood Windows?

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Homeowners that are considering exterior remodeling projects often consider window replacements and one of the most popular types is wood windows. They endure as a favorite due to their unbeatable aesthetic, but are they the best fit for your project? Understanding the pros and cons of wood windows can give you a much clearer idea of what to expect from a wood windows installation at your home. We’re going to take a look at these pros and cons here so that you have all the information you need.

Pros of Wood Windows

Visual Appeal

There’s nothing like the look and natural beauty of wood windows. While some materials can be engineered to resemble wood they can’t match the real thing. There are also multiple species available, and each adds its unique and elegant or even rustic look to the home’s exterior. They also have an incredible range of customization abilities.


Wood windows are some of the best insulating window frames available, and wood’s natural properties are ideal for keeping that warmth inside during Chicago’s brutal winters, and keeping that cool air inside during the even more brutal summers. This also helps lower utility bills and HVAC maintenance and repair needs.


Wood windows, when properly maintained, are some of the most durable windows available. If they are well-maintained, they can last for decades of reliable use. This means that even though they have a higher initial cost, they can have a lower cost of ownership over the product life.

Cons of Wood Windows


Without a doubt, one of the biggest drawbacks to wood window is the level of consistent maintenance that they will require from the homeowner, to remain beautiful, pest-free, and in good shape. They will require periodic painting or staining to refresh their appearance and seal them against weather and pests. They may also need periodic treatment to prevent additional pest infestation, like bees, ants, and termites.


When it comes to the cost of wood windows, we hit another one of the big drawbacks. They will often come at a substantially higher price point than other materials, which will deter some homeowners. There is also a not-insignificant cost associated with the continuing maintenance that they require, which can push that cost higher over the lifetime.

Natural Vulnerabilities

Finally, wood windows have some significant natural vulnerabilities, and those can be deal-breakers for many homeowners. Not only are they at risk for water damage if not properly sealed, but they also attract and can house several insect pests. Additionally, they offer zero resistance to fire and are combustible.

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Remember that your choice of window material will have a significant impact on not only the look and overall aesthetics of your project but on the comfort and energy efficiency of your home as well. This is why the selection process is so important, and should never be taken lightly. Wood windows have unique advantages, but they also have considerable challenges that you must understand to make the best choice for your home.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in wood windows, or if you simply need more guidance about what the right material may be for your needs, All-Star is here for you. We’re ready to be your expert exterior remodeling partner, and we’ll be here to help you make the best choices for your home’s exterior. Contact All-Star today to get started.

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Dave Donofrio

Owner & CEO

Dave Donofrio is owner and CEO of All Star Products, LLC.  After a two decade career at James Hardie, Dave partnered with the team at All Star to bring advances in exterior remodeling material and technology, while preserving the family friendly, customer oriented approached that been the key to All Star’s success over the last 35 years.


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