Wood windows and exterior doors always need more maintenance than coated units.
Windows and doors are complex assemblages of pieces and parts and hardware, often with movable parts and at points where their ceasing to function can have disastrous results. If you rely on paint, or an exotic rot-resistant wood you have to paint, repaint and paint again to keep them working.
Whether clad in vinyl or aluminum, sealing the surfaces of sash and frame from sun and rain is virtually a requirement for long-term energy efficiency.
This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original expert insight on Swamp Yankee Green.
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program.