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Timber vs UPVC Windows: What Should I Choose?

Timber vs UPVC Windows

If you are reading this blog post, then it is highly likely that your window frames need changing, but you have reached the dilemma of trying to work out which window frame to choose from.

We are here to inform you of the advantages and the disadvantages between timber and UPVC window frames.

Double Glazing: A Usual Misconception

Many people may feel that if they want double glazed windows in their home, that they are restricted to only being able to use UPVC window frames. It is important for you to realise that this is simply a lie that many people have been led to believe and that you are also able to have timber frames with double glazing inside.

Advantages of Timber Windows

  • One of the main advantages of timber frame windows is that so long as they are cared for, they can last for at least 30-years.
  • Window repair is a much easier job on wooden windows.
  • Timber is known for being a naturally insulating material, so therefore has an increased thermal efficiency unlike UPVC. Many people have been led to believe that due to the insulating properties of timber, this will assist in helping to decrease your heating bills, however overall this will not reduce the bills that much. The best way to do this is through installing double glazed windows rather than single glazed windows.
  • Timber windows are a preferred choice due to them being environmentally friendly, unlike UPVC.
  • While both UPVC and timber window frames are made to measure, timber windows provide more of a bespoke design since they can be painted any colour and it is easy to change the colour of these window frames.
  • Bespoke timber windows can suit many different styles of properties, including period.

Advantages of UPVC Windows

  • One of the main advantages of UPVC windows over wood, is that they are a much cheaper option.
  • They are ideal for people with busy lives since they are low maintenance.
  • So long as the UPVC window frames fit in with the property’s appearance, UPVC frames can add value to your property.

Disadvantages of Timber Windows

  • Timber window frames will need a fresh coat of paint after the first ten years and will then need a coat of paint every seven years to keep it looking fresh.
  • While timber window frames are more expensive with their initial payment, in the long run timber windows actually work out cheaper since they last a lot longer than UPVC windows so long as they are maintained and cared for.

Disadvantages of UPVC Windows

  • UPVC windows are not suited to all property styles, especially period properties.
  • Installing UPVC frames to a period property where it doesn’t suit the appearance of the home, can in fact reduce the value of the property since it no longer looks appealing.
  • These window frames gradually lose their quality and will start to look old and worn after many years.
  • UPVC window frames are harmful on the environment, since poisonous chemical are released when these window frames are being produced.
  • Far more waste is produced by UPVC window frames compared to timber frames.
  • While UPVC window frames usually comes with a ten-year warranty, they don’t last as long as timber window frames.
  • With UPVC, while Grovewood of Essex do offer a wide range of colours and effects for you to choose from, you are more restricted with the colours that you choose in comparison to wooden window frames.

Ultimately, the decision you make is dependant on your budget, what look you are going for, what kind of home you have and what benefits you are after.

If by this stage you are still unsure about which option is best for your home, then feel free to call Grovewood of Essex today at 01268 578118.

Our window specialists will be more than happy to give you a hand in choosing a window frame and style that will suit your home perfectly, while also supplying you with a FREE quote.

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