UPVC Windows Or Wooden Ones: Which Ones Are Better?
Determining which type of windows are better for any home, office or building often seems like a tough decision. When the comparison is between UPVC or wood, numerous factors play a role in the ultimate decision and both options have their pros and cons.
UPVC stands for “un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride” and is a type of plastic material.
The main advantage of UPVC windows is the durability. The UV coating and the strong, double-glazed material make them last longer than other materials. In general, most UPVC windows last between 20 and 25 years before they require replacement.
Another key advantage is the maintenance. UPVC is a low-maintenance option. It will not require repainting to deal with fading due to the UV coating; a good clean is all they are ever likely to need.
UPVC windows are well-insulated, which keeps the house hot during winter or cool during summer, and hence helps save heating bills – it is also an environmentally friendly material made from recycled PVC and hence helps reduce carbon emissions.
The main disadvantage of UPVC when compared to wood is the aesthetic appearance. UPVC is not as aesthetically pleasing, and many people prefer the character and authenticity of wooden windows.
UPVC windows are not appropriate for every style of home. Older homes might look odd when fitted with UPVC and it removes some of the value from older styles of building.
Wooden windows in general have fewer pros than UPVC due to the modern advances in PVC that provides durability. The main advantage of wooden windows of course is the aesthetic appeal. Wood looks classy and can suit almost any style of home.
This is not so much a pro, but it is worth noting that when properly fitted, wooden windows are still weather-proof, and there are other steps you can take to ensure that they last a long time and remain in good condition.
The disadvantages of wood often make UPVC look like a better option and indeed that vast majority of modern homes do have UPVC fitted. In particular, wooden windows are less durable than UPVC and on average, the wood rots or wears out much quicker.
Wood lasts around six to eight years, depending on the location – compared to 25 years for plastic, not much of a comparison I’ll admit.
Wood also requires more maintenance. You will need to repaint and seal the wood to keep it in pristine condition, and failure to do so can spoil the aesthetic appeal that you got the windows for.
Overall, UPVC windows are better than wooden windows for the majority of homes. UPVC windows are more durable, environmentally friendly and require less maintenance than wooden windows. But if you are interested in improving the look and style of your home then in my opinion, wood is worth the extra cost.
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