When people often think of wood windows, they think about the old window frames that you saw on windows on homes that were built a hundred years ago. Wood frames have come a long way since then, and if you have new wood frames installed on your home you are not going to get the old frames that were prone to rot and were not energy efficient.
#1 Energy Efficient
When you look at wood frames, be sure to look for the Energy Star symbols, which means that the window has met various energy star requirements. Many window frames that are manufactured now meet Energy Star requirements in comparison to older window frames which did not meet these requirements. New wood window frames are designed to be more sturdy and energy efficient.
#2 Will Not Rot
Next, when looking at wood window frames, look for frames that use a water-repellent on them. Frames that are cured with a water-repellent coating are designed to protect the wood long-term and prevent the wood from rotting, warping, and splitting. Wood frames that were cured with a water-repellent coating will last much longer than older wood frames.
#3 Well Insulated
A big part of providing good insulation has to do with the installation process. Look for wood frames that are made out of thick wood, which will help increase the insulation in your home. Next, look for wood frames that have rigid weather stripping on the sides of the frame. Rigid weather stripping will help prevent air from getting in around your wood window frames.
Keep in mind that insulation is also about the glass that goes inside of the frame. For the best insulation, look at glasses that have a Low-E coating on them, which is made out of a layer of argon gas and includes the use of stainless steel spacers in between each pane of glass. This set-up will help reduce the amount of heat that passes between the inside of your home and the outside world.
#4 Easy to Clean
Next, newer window frames are easier to clean than old window frames. The protective coating on the window frames makes it easy to wipe down the frames and keep them clean and looking nice.
Do not be deterred from installing wood windows because of negative reviews about old wood windows. Modern wood window frames are energy-efficient, well-insulated, resistant to rot and easy to clean. Contact a window installation company for help.