Many homeowners wanting to install or replace double-glazing naturally choose uPVC over timber windows. You may prefer the look of timber, as many people do. However, the reasons many homeowners still end up choosing uPVC are based upon a number of beliefs about timber windows that go back over 30 years.
Of course, lots changes in 30 years so is there anything in these beliefs still? Double Glazing Prices looks at uPVC vs timber windows.
How do they look?
For many homeowners, timber framed windows have the edge in terms of appearance.
Timber frames and timber frame decoration offer you many more choices than uPVC. You can go for a traditional look or a more modish, modern look depending on the type of house and estate you live on. Choose from a vertical, sliding slash window or tilt and turn window – you can even select Georgian, Regency, Victorian or Edwardian effect styles.
You can also paint or stain the timber to the colour you prefer and updating it is easy – all you need is new paint or a new stain.
Manufacturers and installers also offer a wide range of bar and colour finishes to add a real style and finesse to your double-glazing.
Will they rot?
The Wood Window Alliance, the trade body to which many double-glazing companies belong, say that the industry method of constructing timber framing means that they’re very low maintenance. If you have them in your home, depending on their exposure to the sun and to general British weather conditions, they should last ten years before they need any type of maintenance.
Most installers quote that, if you look after timber windows property, they should provide with you 60-80 years’ worth of enjoyment compared to uPVC’s average lifespan of just 35 years.
What about lower energy bills and sound-proofing?
Homeowners love double-glazing because of the money it saves them on their gas and electricity bills. Other than saving money, the real benefit comes from a home that feels cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Don’t forget also that, because they don’t let as many sun rays into your home as single-glazed windows that your carpets and furniture last for longer too.
You can now expect all the same qualities from timber-framed windows. Manufacturers also use specially-treated types of softwood and hardwood to provide your home with protection against noise from the outside.
Will your family and home be as secure?
Many ranges of timber frames are available which have passed lots of different security tests including Secured By Design and British Standards. Timber frames can hold any type of standard household glass too, including toughened and laminated glass.
If you like to buy green…
The manufacture of plastic and uPVC is an energy-intensive process that uses a lot of power and materials. It leaves a big carbon footprint and it can’t be easily recycled in many cases.
Timber is a natural resource and their production is carbon-negative – what that means is that they store more carbon than a manufacturer uses in their production.
A real choice
Homeowners now have a real choice between traditional uPVC windows and timber windows.
When speaking with an installer, make sure that whatever uPVC or timber framing is recommended to you, it meets your requirements for appearance, longevity, energy-saving, sound-proofing, security, and environmental sustainability.