Timber vs uPVC windows for your home

Timber sash windows in a traditional Georgian property

One of the great debates when researching replacement windows is whether to choose timber or uPVC frames.

There is no right answer – it depends on your property, your style and your requirements.

But before making your final decision, we’ve put these two materials head to head to help you choose the winning window for you.

The most attractive window

Timber windows look great installed in older properties, especially traditional style sliding sash windows, and it’s always better to replace like for like if you can. Wooden frames also have the advantage of being able to be painted in any colour, and repainted if you want a new look!

The quality of uPVC has improved tenfold over the last decade and there are some very attractive frames available today. Our uPVC windows are available in a large range of colour and woodgrain options that don’t fade over time, unlike older windows.

Winner: Most people prefer wooden windows for a timeless look, but the gap is getting smaller.

The most energy efficient window

Timber is a naturally insulating material so will help keep out the cold in the winter months. Original timber windows are usually single glazed which can affect their energy efficiency, but we manufacture double glazed wooden windows which improve the thermal insulation of your home without changing its appearance.

uPVC windows are designed with multiple chambers in the frame which stops the cold transferring from outside to inside. These have always been double glazed, but modern uPVC windows have a much higher thermal performance than the last generation.

Winner: All our modern windows achieve ‘A’ rated energy efficiency – it’s a tie!

The easiest window to maintain

uPVC is popular as it’s a very low-maintenance material. Frames and glass can be wiped clean with a damp, non-abrasive cloth or sponge and soapy water to stay looking as good as new. Some uPVC foils and colour coatings are designed to be scratch resistant too.

Timber windows used to be thought of as high-maintenance, but timber doesn’t require much more maintenance than uPVC. With the right finishes, a wooden window will only need sanding and re-painting every 5 years and can be cleaned the same way as uPVC. What’s more, if damaged, a timber window can be repaired whereas a uPVC one will have to be replaced.

Winner: uPVC is the winner here as it is unlikely to need ongoing maintenance, but when looked after, a timber window will last for decades.

The cheapest window

In general, uPVC windows are less expensive than timber frames, perfect if you’re on a budget. Modern uPVC is still a quality investment that will upgrade the appearance of your home.

Timber tends to be the more expensive option, but this material has classic charm, and will add style and value to any property.

However, the price of new windows depends on the quality of the frame materials and glazing, as well as upgraded hardware options.

Winner: uPVC windows cost less than timber, but timber windows add value to a home.

The most customisable window

Both timber and uPVC windows can be made in a range of styles including casement, tilt and turn, sliding sash, and even custom designs. If you want to replace some, but not all, of your windows, or are building an extension and want it to match, new windows can be made to look like the existing ones.

You can add personality to your new windows through glass options and colours. Patterned, frosted and stained glass can help maintain privacy and brighten up a room. And with a range of colours and woodgrain effect foils on offer windows can complement the look of your home and showcase your personal style.

Winner: It’s a tie! Your window design can be incorporated into timber or uPVC window frames.

And the winner is…

uPVC windows are low maintenance and cost less than timber, which is why they’re the most popular option. However, timber sash windows especially are seen as more attractive and recommended for traditional homes. You should also weigh up the cost versus the lifespan of the product. Well-made timber windows will last a lifetime with the correct maintenance, making them a worthwhile investment.

uPVC and timber window installers in London

Whichever window material you choose, Premier supplies and installs both in a range of styles to suit every home, budget and personal preference. We have a range of affordable uPVC and timber window options on offer, so you’re sure to find the right one for you.

If you’re considering upgrading we’d be happy to go through the available options and answer any questions you have on energy ratings. Send us a message or ring a member of our team on 020 8683 4446 today!