As vinyl continues its dominance over the window market, wood windows may seem harder and harder to find. But many of the big names in windows still have substantial offerings in wood (or wood-clad) windows. Some are also blending wood with other, lower-maintenance materials such as fiberglass and vinyl. There are also fiberglass windows that have a "wood look" as well as composite windows made with recycled wood fibers and PVC, such as Andersen's Fibrex line.
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Wood windows are often not wood throughout. In many cases, aluminum or fiberglass clad the exterior portion of the wood window.
Wood is always the interior material, with cheaper softwoods like pine and fir being the most popular species options.
Wood windows tend to be confined to traditional styles. Double-hung and casement windows are the two styles of window that most often come in wood, but many other types are available, including bay windows, sliders, and picture windows.
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Marvin offers an excellent selection of wood species as well as both extruded aluminum and wood exteriors. However, not all interior species are available in exterior form. For example, with regard to Marvin's double-hung window, the company offers 15 kinds of wood for interior use, but only four of them (pine, vertical grain Douglas Fir, mahogany, and primed wood) are available for exteriors.
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Andersen offers three types of interior woods—pine, oak, and maple—on most of its windows, including: awnings, casements, casement bows, fixed picture windows, and, of course, classic single- and double-hung (as well as a few specialty oval, circular, and other unusually shaped windows). Andersen does not offer exterior wood but rather aluminum-on-wood cladding in a variety of colors.
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Jeld-Wen most certainly does make wood windows. Founded in 1960, this Klamath Falls-based company revolutionized the production of wood windows in the West. Today, Jeld-Wen produces four distinct lines of wood windows, from its budget W-2500 series up to its Custom Wood line. Myriad sizes and shapes are available, and all exteriors are aluminum-clad.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Pella has several lines of wood windows, from the bargain Proline 450 to the Architect Series, which comes in mahogany, alder, fir, pine, and white-painted, along with oak, cherry, red oak, and maple available through special order. Within the pine species, it's possible to keep the wood natural or to have Pella pre-stain the wood in a range of seven shades, ranging from golden oak to dark mahogany.
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Harvey Building Products is a massive company, booking well over $300 million in sales. But most of its business lies elsewhere—vinyl siding, vinyl windows, doors, and so on.
Their Majesty wood windows line is just a drop in the large bucket, and it isn't much: It includes the two mainstays of most window companies, double-hung and casements, as well as a few other window styles. Pine is the only interior wood option, and all exteriors are aluminum.
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Milgard is based in Tacoma, WA and has a wide reach throughout the West, with dealers located as far east as Oklahoma and Missouri. Milgard has only one series (Essence) in wood, and that series offers only pine and fir as species options. Exterior material is fiberglass.