Timber or Woodgrain uPVC: How do you choose?

9th Jul 2018
uPVC woodgrain windows and doors

It’s a hot topic in the world of windows & door – timber or woodgrain uPVC?

When customers approach us for a window or door, they’re rightly focussed on thermal efficiency, security, design and cost.

The difficulty is that both timber and wood effect uPVC are good material options for windows and doors; they provide great energy efficiency, aesthetic quality and protection for your home.

How do you go about choosing between the two?

It depends on your expectations for your window and your financial situation. Every customer is different, but by looking at both the pros and cons of timber & uPVC windows, you can make your own decision on which material and style of window is best for you and your home.

Timber

TImber Brick Weybridge

Pros

Their biggest appeal is their aesthetically pleasing finish. Since every piece of wood is different, it means your window will be completely unique.

Wood is also a naturally good heat insulator. Even if you opted for inexpensive glass, it will perform well within a wooden frame.

Timber window frames offer you great flexibility in terms of its appearance. Once installed, you can change its overall look and ensure it is protected against the elements. Typically, a coat of wax will help protect the wood and give it a shiny look whilst paint can completely transform its appearance.

Cons

Timber’s striking finish comes at a price. Wooden windows are more expensive than uPVC; sometimes costing triple the amount of uPVC.

Wooden windows also require more frequent maintenance than uPVC to both retain their stunning finish and perform adequately.

To counteract these cons, timber windows help boost the value of any property and typically last much longer than uPVC. Should they be well-maintained.

uPVC Woodgrain

White woodgrain window

Pros

uPVC is an inexpensive plastic which provides excellent insulation and demands little care and attention. Because of this, it means that you will pay much less for uPVC windows and they will not require frequent maintenance.

Our uPVC timber alternative windows look and feel like real timber. One of the main reasons for customers opting for timber is because of its finish. But what our uPVC woodgrain/timber alternative windows achieve is a realistic wood effect and provides you the traditional character of timber.

It’s a practical window choice because it’s easy to maintain and simple to clean.

Cons

uPVC windows do not contribute to the value of your property, unlike timber.

Although uPVC windows are much cheaper to buy and install than timber, they’re typically a much weaker material with a shorter life expectancy.

Some uPVC window manufacturers have to construct the plastic frames much thicker than timber frames, which results in more frame than glass.

To counteract these cons, uPVC may be a weaker option than timber, but they’re still a reliable material for your windows.

If you would like to discuss your timber and uPVC alternative window options with a member of our team, then please call us today on 01932 344 415.

If you’ve decided on the window for you and your home, even better, we’d love to hear from you!