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Wooden Replacement Windows

Windows with wood frames have higher R-values, which is the measure of thermal resistance.  In addition, wood window frames are not affected by extreme temperature.  Even in cold winters, wood is usually still warm to the touch and remains at room temperature during in the hot summers.  Another benefit of wood windows is that they generally don’t encourage condensation. 

 

There are some disadvantages with wood frames, however.  Most wood frames are crafted from pine, and do require a significant amount of maintenance, including periodic painting, or finishing which will greatly reduce the swelling, warping, sticking and rotting of the frames. 

 

If wood window frames are for you, then you want to choose window frames made with FSC-certified wood. The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that works to promote responsible management of the world’s forests.  Unfortunately, there are a limited number of window manufacturers who use FSC-certified wood as a standard frame material.  For energy efficiency, you want to look for Energy Star and NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) certification with a U-factor of 0.25 or lower.  The NFRC test windows and doors for heat loss (U-value), R-value, and solar heat gain.

 

 

 

 
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