When it comes to selecting the best windows for your home, there are many factors that you should consider to ensure that you get the right product for your needs. One factor that needs to be considered is the material that the window frames are made up of. We’re going to blitz through the different characteristics of wooden and uPVC window frames.
Your window frames have a massive impact on the appearance of your home. No matter how good the rest of your property looks, if your window frames are of poor quality, flaking or they simply do not suit the rest of the building, it is very noticeable and brings down the whole look or ‘kerb appeal’ of a building.
uPVC window frames certainly look clean and appealing, and they’re a great fit for most modern homes. They’re extremely durable, will last for decades and they won’t fade when subjected to sunlight over time. They’re also available with a wide range of customisation features, including different textures such as wood grain.
uPVC windows are very easy to maintenance with little need for a UPVC door repair, so any dirt or grime that builds up over time can be dealt with using a basic combination of a soft cloth and warm soapy water.
Wooden frames, whilst being quite attractive, are prone to problems, particularly the pests like termites. Painting the frames can help protect against them, but if you don’t want the painted wood look, then your frames will be at risk of termites. Wooden window frames also require ongoing treatment to stop them from becoming warped once moisture gets into them. If you don’t treat your timber frames, and they swell, it can make it impossible for you to close and open your window.
A key property of any window is how well it insulates a room or building. If your windows have poor insulation, you will end up spending more money on your energy bills as you’ll need more from your central heating.
uPVC makes for a fantastic energy efficient window frame, with a non-conductive nature, meaning it will not let heat pass through to the outdoors. When used with double glazing, you’ll have a very efficient window.
Timber frames can also make for good insulators too, as they don’t conduct heat very well either, so heat stays within your property. However, if the installation isn’t perfect, they can suffer from draught-causing gaps and rattling.
When it comes to the cost, there can only be one winner, and that’s uPVC windows. They have a far lower upfront cost than wooden windows, and when you factor in the treatment that timber requires over the years, the difference is very obvious. With uPVC windows, you get a great looking, reliable and low-maintenance window frame for a good price.