Timber or UPVC
Timber or UPVC?
Whether you’re looking to replace your old windows or decide on windows for a new build, there are a few pros and cons to keep in mind when considering timber or uPVC windows.
Due to timber windows being much easier to repair than uPVC windows, they have the potential to last over double the lifespan. For example, if a timber window gets scratched, it can easily be fixed by repainting, or if the window is damaged, a professional joiner will usually be able to repair it, rather than having to have the window completely replaced. However, uPVC windows, although scratch resistant, will need to be completely replaced if they become damaged. uPVC windows are generally low maintenance while you’ll need to keep an eye out for damp or rot setting in with timber windows. Timber windows also usually come with a 30 year warranty, whereas uPVC windows usually come with just a 10 year warranty.
Timber windows generally cost around twice the amount of their uPVC counterparts. However, as previously stated, wooden windows last far longer than uPVC windows. If you’re planning on selling your property in the future, timber windows can add a lot of value to your property, particularly appropriate timber windows in a period property. uPVC however, has the potential to decrease the value of your home. That said, if you’re looking for good, cheap windows, uPVC is the way to go.
As timber windows are significantly stronger than uPVC windows, they’re generally better suited to larger openings. If you’re looking for something like a floor to ceiling window, you’d be better off picking timber windows over uPVC.
Environment and energy efficiency
Timber windows, assuming they come from sustainable sources, are far more environmentally friendly than uPVC windows. Nowadays, you can also purchase timber and uPVC windows that have an A energy rating. uPVC windows are a man made product that contain ethylene, chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer, which is a carcinogen that’s planned to be phased-out by the end of 2015.
Timber windows are available in a large range of styles and colours whereas designs for uPVC windows are relatively limited. If you were so inclined, and you had the budget, you could even have a joinery make you your own bespoke timber frames. While you can now buy uPVC windows that are designed to fit in a period house, timber windows are still the prettier option. Also, with timber windows you can sand and repaint whenever you feel the need to redecorate.
When it comes down to it, you really need to decide what’s currently best for you and your home. If you’re on a budget or live in a modern property, uPVC windows are an excellent option. If price isn’t an issue and you want a classic look, a personalised look or you live in a period property and want to maintain the look of the original features, timber windows are the way to go, especially of you’re looking to increase the potential resale value of your home.