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Wood Windows versus Vinyl Windows

When making the decision to replace sliding sash windows or have them installed in a new home, we often struggle with the dilemma of making a choice between traditional wood sliding sash windows and the more modern vinyl  tilt-in windows. Since both have their benefits, the decision will ultimately come down to the style of home you are trying to create, and of course your personal preference.

Modern vinyl tilt-in windows are exactly that. While stylish, they may appear to be traditional windows, but on closer inspection the lines are very clean and precise compared to their wood counterparts. A consideration for the use of a wood window is sometimes on a more traditional style build or a restoration project the wood exterior offers a softer, more natural finish.

The obvious advantage of the vinyl windows is that they offer the owner a virtually maintenance free product. This is often the most influential factor for you, the homeowner, when choosing between these products. Wood paint finishes have come a long way in recent years and hardwood windows are now offered with a much better warranties. When time comes to re-paint wood windows the process is much more user friendly when using water based paints, however vinyl windows now come in every colour imaginable with high tech coatings that justify their extended warranties.

In regards to cost, there is a difference in price between the two options. A quality wood window, with the equivalent energy performance of vinyl, does have a much higher price tag. The advantage of  vinyl being virtually  maintenance free versus wood requiring painting is often enough to swing the final decision. When choosing vinyl over wood you will have less maintenance.

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Replaced Windows

Feb 17, 2017 by Jason Green from Toronto

The work was done in a timely fashion and the crew was professional, focused and detailed in finishing the job to the highest standard. I have recommended his company to others and would recommend them without hesitation to anyone needing windows or doors. Ambia is a truly professional company that takes its commitment to customers seriously.

Installed 3 windows and a door

Sep 11, 2016 by Gregman98

EXCELLENT SERVICE AFTER THE SALE!!! Ambia installed 3 new windows and a front door at my house back in 2009.Five years later, I had was having minor problems with two of the windows. Called Tony and he dispatched someone to make the minor repairs in a reasonable amount of time. This company clearly cares about its customers! Thanks Ambia!

9 Custom Windows + 2 Doors

Jun 24, 2016 by Alex

+++ The work done was outstanding. Our Ambia experience was amazing. An exceptional service from start to finish. A very easy recommendation. Thanks Tony, Alex and Omar,

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Fiberglass Entrance Doors

  • Won’t warp, split, dent or rust
  • Look and feel of real wood grain
  • Ready-to-install door with frame
  • Limited lifetime warranty



The polyurethane core provides insulating properties that are six times greater than any wood door. In addition, our formula is free of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC, the substance partially responsible for the destruction of our precious ozone layer).

Strength and Durability

Our engineers have developed high quality PVC stiles and rails.The PVC stiles and rails protect all sides of the door from moisture. Unlike wood stiles and rails, PVC stiles and rails do not bow or rot. Furthermore, the PVC stiles and rails provide a full thermal break against even the worst weather conditions.

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