Choosing between UPVC and wooden windows and doors

Sandy Says..........

Working in this industry for more years than I care to remember has allowed me to witness many misconceptions when choosing between wooden or PVC-U windows and doors.   Therefore, I thought it would be prudent to share a few with you and help you make considered decisions when renovating your home.

#1 Some assume that wooden windows can only hold single glazed glass. The truth: Wooden windows can be double glazed or in some cases, even triple glazed. It makes them super energy efficient while still being beautiful.

#2 Wooden windows aren’t energy efficient. The truth: The thermal efficiency of a window isn’t based only on the material of the frame. It’s the glazing that will affect your heating bill most – positively or negatively! And in fact, wood is an excellent insulator because it has low thermal conductivity.

#3 Wood will rot quickly, and PVC-U windows will last forever. The truth: Plastic will degrade, whereas many well maintained wooden windows could last up to 60 years (twice as long as PV C-U windows). And there is evidence too, that if restored professionally over their lifetime, quality timber windows and doors can last over a century!

#4 Double glazed windows add value to your property whatever the materials. The truth: An English Heritage survey of estate agents across the nation showed that PVC-U windows and doors could devalue property by up to £20,000; and its thought this could be a genuine threat to property values in conservation areas.

#5 It’s hard work to redecorate timber windows and doors! The truth: Your newly supplied painted Sash Window Shop windows will remain in excellent condition for many years if not exposed to extreme weather conditions.

#6 Wooden windows and doors are far too expensive. The truth: I mentioned in #3 that your new windows and doors could last up to 60 years if well looked after and over a century if both maintained and given a new lease of life with paint or varnish. Therefore, they are an excellent and cost-effective investment.

Making the right decision in my opinion (some may say biased; I believe educated!) wooden windows and doors are the better choices when renovating your home. Their undeniable beauty, their adaptability if changing your décor; their energy efficiency, and the value they add to your property show they are a fantastic option. If you need help to open the right door when choosing – contact us now!

Best wishes,

Sandy Allan


Sash Window Shop Timber Sash Window with Glazing Bars
Hardwood Meranti Casement Window