If I do decide to replace windows, which is better, wood or vinyl?

Wood Windows

Wood windows are the soundest option. They are structurally strong, weather well against the elements (many Shaker Heights homes still have their original windows, which are averaging 80 years old), and they allow flexibility with exterior and interior color schemes. Wood windows are also available with aluminium cladding on the exterior to increase weather resistance and lower maintenance.

Vinyl Windows

The installation of vinyl windows can have a significant visual impact on a house. The color selections are limited and the frames of the windows are wider, as vinyl is not as strong as wood. The wide frames make the new windows look very heavy and can create an unbalanced proportion to the appearance of the house. Shop around. Window replacements, regardless of material, can be an expensive project. Paying a little more up front for quality materials, flexibility in color and increased details will ultimately add value to your home.

Vinyl windows are not permitted in local landmark properties or districts.

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1. Can you recommend a contractor or repair person?
2. How do I start a home construction project?
3. A contractor took payment, but failed to perform the work. What should I do?
4. How do I find property maintenance standards?
5. How can I find someone to repair or replace original materials on my house?
6. How do I find the Ohio Building Codes?
7. Do you have the plans for my home?
8. How often should chimneys be cleaned?
9. I’m concerned about a property in my neighborhood and would like to file a complaint. Do I have to give my name?
10. I’m concerned about lead in my Shaker home?
11. What are the construction hours?
12. What color may I paint my home?
13. What if water washing is not appropriate for cleaning my historic masonry?
14. What shingle colors may I use on my home?
15. How do I know if my slate roof needs maintenance?
16. How do I know when my slates are beyond repair?
17. Why should I preserve my home's slate roof?
18. If I do decide to replace windows, which is better, wood or vinyl?
19. Several of my windows are showing signs of wear and tear in various places. Does the entire window have to be replaced?
20. With the vast array of window styles available, how do I know which is the most appropriate for my home?
21. Are licensed contractors recommended or vetted by the City?
22. I received a sidewalk repair notice?
23. Does my project require permits?
24. Should I get utility line protection insurance?
25. Why is my water discolored?