Wooden or uPVC Windows and Doors?

There are many choices you will face as a homeowner. Whether you’ve self built or bought your home, you’ll eventually have to review your windows and doors. In terms of materials, you’ll generally find that you have two options: traditional wood or modern uPVC.

Wood

For many years builders used wood in all aspects of construction, including windows and doors. However, this natural material has seen a huge decline in use over the last century due to the development of modern substitutes. Having said that, many people have returned to wood in recent years.

Well-made wooden windows and doors look great and last for long periods if properly maintained. They come in a variety of styles, from a simple, clear stain to show off the quality of the wood to a painted finish in the colour of your choice. You can customise your product in numerous ways, choosing exactly the type of wood and design you desire. It’s worth hiring a specialist joiner to ensure your windows and doors have been properly treated and sealed before being installed.

Here are the pros and cons of wooden windows and doors:

Pros:
– Good looking
– Fully customisable
– Excellent natural insulation
– Available in numerous finishes

Cons:
– Wood can move over time (expands and contracts with changes in humidity)
– Requires maintenance
– More expensive than uPVC

uPVC

Most modern houses are fitted with uPVC windows and doors, which are generally cheaper than wood with equally good insulating properties. However, they come in very few finishes, with anything other than white becoming expensive. There are several different styles available, especially when looking at doors, such as tilt and turn.

Here are the pros and cons of uPVC windows and doors:

Pros:
– Excellent insulation
– Typically cheaper than wood
– Maintenance free

Cons:
– Less customisable than wood, with fewer finishes
– Normally only available in white as painting pushes the price up
– Not as stylish as wood

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