purchased for a new home in 1992. They were solid wood with vinyl clad outsides. We had no frosting or difficulty in the use of these windows. they work very well. They have great insulating properties. I live in the south and have had no rotting or leakage.
I don't think they made a vinyl clad. Probably Andersen. Seems like they work well though whatever the brand is.
For older houses, wooden windows looks classy. Along with outside vinyl cladding it might get some of benefits of vinyl as well for better energy efficiency. Vinyl replacement windows ( windowchoice.ca/window-tips/why-do-most-homeowners-prefer-vinyl-windows ) are said to have better energy efficiency and durability than wooden windows. But looks won’t be as good for older homes as wooden windows. And you can’t say all company windows are same quality. Manufacturing quality affects energy efficiency and durability of the windows.
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