When buying a window, it's no longer just about the look or price, but above all about the added value that a window offers.
uPVC windows are the most popular choice thanks to their lower price when compared to other materials.
Both wooden and plastic windows really have their advantages and disadvantages. We have compiled the most important criteria for you and compared the individual window materials.
UPVC windows are generally mass produced and usually share the standard window sizes and dimensions.
White uPVC windows are still our best selling product. They provide a fresh and clean look to any home.
Looks are one of the reasons many people choose wooden windows in the first place. Natural materials have a unique beauty and that’s why most window frames attempt to mimic the look of wood. Wood is a durable and well-suited material for and windows. It's also affordable and customizable.
However, wooden windows score most clearly in terms of flexibility. Wood is a winner in the looks department cause it can accept all kinds of paints and colours the homeowner will choose to apply. While plastic windows are limited in style, design and colour, wooden windows come ina wide variety of specifications, styles and finishes.
Wooden frames can also be two-tone, which means you can choose a different colour for the inside and outside frame.
With regard to soundproofing and thermal insulation, on the other hand, the frame is less important than the glazing – if you save here, you save at the wrong end.
Triple glazing is significantly more energy efficient than double glazing, which is often used with plastic windows. When it comes to glazing, there are different properties to choose from, such as soundproofing, safety glass, mirror glass, etc.
The material of the window frame also plays a role here - wood is one of the best thermal insulation materials - regardless of the glass inside the frame.
Wooden windows are a bit more complex to look after, but not as demanding as is often assumed.
Plastic windows are certainly very popular, not least due to the low maintenance requirements. In most cases, a simple cleaning with a mild detergent is sufficient.
Research has shown again and again that quality wood windows last much longer and have a lower whole life cost. With the proper care, wood will last a lifetime.
Contrary to belief, uPVC can’t actually be restored to its original condition, unlike wood.
By maintaining your wood windows regularly you’ll actually get a longer lifespan out of your sliding sash windows in terms of appearance and performance. If you install plastic windows, you can count on a lifespan of at least 15 to 20 years.
When comparing plastic windows vs. wooden windows, the first thing to do is compare climate friendliness. Wood is a much more sustainable resource compared to uPVC. The frames of uPVC windows can take up to nine times more energy to create compared to a wooden frame. A high number of co2 emissions produced and waste left over by uPVC is also a problem affecting the environment.
The initial cost of wood can be more expensive than uPVC. Anyone who chooses wood as a profile material also does so thanks to the excellent energy efficiency of the wooden window.
The decision when buying a window probably also depends on the desired look and your budget.
Choosing wooden windows, you'll be making a long-term investment that will help to make your home more secure, more efficient and nicer on the eye.
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