WOOD Replacement Windows
How About Wood
Wood windows have been around forever and there is
a reason for that. They are strong. They will last thirty,
forty years or more. Wood windows are also an excellent insulator as
far as conduction is concerned. The government
rates wood at 1.2. The lower the number the better and they are all
directly proportional. Wood windows have the
lowest (and best) conduction figures of any type of window. Their
strength gives them a long life expectancy, which
is also good.
As far as the not so good points concerning wood
windows, there are several. One of the major problems with wood
windows is that they require maintenance. They must be scraped, sanded,
and painted or stained periodically. They
are not maintenance free like vinyl windows. They will swell on a damp
day, which is why they get tight. Then they
dry out and they shrink, and eventually from this they warp. Then they
get drafty. This cost you money for heating
and cooling. You're wasting energy, which as we all know, in today's
world is expensive. Then to top it all off,
eventually the wooden windows rot.
Another problem with wood replacement windows is
that they can be expensive if they are truly custom sized
replacements. Most wood windows are "stock new construction" windows.
These are less expensive because they make
thousands at a time the same size. Like a cookie cutter, very efficient
as opposed to making one at a time like
custom made replacements. Custom wood replacements can also take some
time to manufacture because it is millwork.
They often take 4 to 6 weeks or more for delivery. If you're under a
time deadline, this could be a problem for
you. The major manufacturers of wood windows are Andersen, Marvin, and
Pella. Andersen is a very popular wood
window. They now have a replacement division, but these are composite
windows. People also confuse popularity with
quality. Anderson as an example, and this is my personal opinion, is
not popular because it is the best. Rather t
is popular because it is one of the cheapest. And that is because they
make thousands the exact same size. Very
efficient. The second reason why it is popular is because every
contractor recommends it. There is a logical reason
for that. The contractor makes more money. How does he do that you ask.
Simple, the average contractor is getting
$200 to $300 per man-day for his labor, depending on where you are
located. Let us not forget, his labor is his
real product. Now a good window installer will install about a dozen
custom windows per day. That same man will
install three "stock" Andersen's per day because of what he has to do.
Since he must make the house fit the window,
there is sheetrock, tape, spackle, molding etc., and that's just on the
inside. Outside there is new shingles etc.
So the math is, as a contractor selling his labor, do I want one days
labor or four days labor. That's why they
recommend Andersen wood windows. They make more money! Now in a new
construction situation, the Andersen's can save