When deciding between metal, wood or uPVC windows, it can be tough to figure out which is best for your home. While metal and uPVC have their benefits, timber windows have many advantages that make them a great choice for many homeowners. They boast a rare combination of both eco-friendly sustainability and durability, as well as a unique, distinguished style. Timber windows are an especially good choice for those that live in older, period properties who are seeking to maintain an authentic traditional look. Read on to find out more about the benefits of this traditional yet stylish type of window.
Timber windows have an incredibly long lifespan and can last up to 60 years with proper maintenance. To put this into perspective, uPVC windows can only be expected to last around 30 years. Timber windows can also be repaired and modified without the entire window needing to be replaced. For example, they can be repainted to change the style or to keep them looking nice and fresh. Investing in timber windows means you could potentially save money in the long run by not needing to replace your windows and can add value to your property should you decide to move.
Timber is a natural insulator with low thermal conductivity so can be relied on to keep your home warm during the winter and therefore keep down your energy bills, protecting both the environment and your wallet. Insulation is also important in keeping hot air out during the summer months or if you live in a particularly warm area. When buying new windows, many people make the mistake of only considering the insulative properties of the glass panels they choose, e.g. single vs double glazing, but do not consider the impact the material of the frame could have.
Timber windows, particularly when they use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber, such as those made by London based window supplier dmwindowsolutions.com, are very eco-friendly. Timber the most eco-friendly window material due to its long-lasting nature. What’s more, when timber does eventually break down, it is of course 100% biodegradable as it is a natural material. UPVC windows, on the other hand, are unfortunately not biodegradable and do not last as long so are not as environmentally friendly as timber windows.
One of the most irreplaceable aspects of timber windows is their characterful nature. Wooden windows have a heritage dating back hundreds or even thousands of years and can give a home an incredibly distinguished and traditional look. This is especially important to consider if you live in a conservation area or in a listed property, as you may be expected to maintain your property by following a certain traditional style. For example, if your home is Victorian and is a listed property, you may be expected to have windows that fit this style. Timber windows are therefore a good option if you live in an older property and would like to, or are indeed required to, maintain its heritage. Before you make any renovations to an older property, make sure to check the planning requirements.