A Buyer’s Guide To Window And Door Materials

These days, when it comes to choosing new windows and external doors for your property, you have more options than ever before. Aside from style, colour and size, you now also have a range of different materials that you can choose from too. It isn’t uncommon for the vast range on the market to be overwhelming and quite confusing if you’re not an expert in this regard. 


Getting your head around the different materials that windows and external doors are most commonly made from nowadays can be really helpful. For this reason, Premier Windows has put together an easy to understand guide to these materials to assist anyone that is currently on the hunt for new windows and doors for their home. 




As far as window materials are concerned, there are two big contenders on the market. People tend to have either uPVC or timber windows on their property and below we will look into these two options in more detail. 




This material is a form of plastic and stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It is a popular choice for window frames due to the fact that it is incredibly durable and requires very little maintenance. UPVC is also known for its thermal efficiency and sound insulation, not to mention that it is also great value for money too. UPVC windows come in all different shapes from sash windows to bay windows, so you’re not limited with your choices. 




Lots of people choose wood for their windows because it provides a natural beauty and warmth like no other window material. Current environmental concerns have made timber a highly-recommended popular material for windows again and you will find a range of timber wooden windows for sale in almost any store. Whilst it does require some regular maintenance, there is something truly prestigious about timber windows. 




Again, for external doors, there tend to be two popular choices for the majority of homes up and down the country. Composite and timber tend to be the biggest contenders and we will look into these in more detail for doors too. 




This is quite a modern material and is built from several other materials, including uPVC, steel, glass and wood. The exact make-up of the composite door you purchase will vary between manufacturers but, the benefits of this material are always the same. It is so versatile and you can get a composite door in any colour you desire. Composite is also known for being incredibly energy-efficient and tough – making it perfect for an external door. 




As well as being popular for windows, timber is also the first choice for many for external doors. Timber is incredibly customisable and can be cut to fit any entryway, so unusual sized or shaped doors aren’t a problem. When looked after, timber doors can efficiently resist wear and tear and, last for a lifetime. Of course, by its very nature, wood is also a natural barrier to the cold making it the perfect material for external doors.  


Choosing new windows and doors


Hopefully, now you know more about the materials mentioned above, you can use this information to help you make the best decision for your windows and doors. Of course, every home is different and what works for someone else may not be the best option for you so, take some time to think about what is right for you and your property. 


If you have any questions at all about the window and door materials mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to contact Premier Windows. As a specialist window and door company, we have an experienced team who are more than happy to answer these questions for you and provide any additional information in this regard. We can also help you to choose the best windows and doors for your property, and even install them too. We really do offer an all-round service so, why go elsewhere?