UPVC Frames Vs. Timber Frames – What Are the Differences? From the type of glass to the width of the frames – every detail of a window makes a big difference to a home. You might not think it, but those little finishing touches to the paintwork and the choice between silver or gold handles…
From the type of glass to the width of the frames – every detail of a window makes a big difference to a home. You might not think it, but those little finishing touches to the paintwork and the choice between silver or gold handles can have a significant effect on how your house looks to the rest of the world. So, it’s important you look at all your options carefully.Take, for example, uPVC and timber: two great materials for window frames but suited to entirely different homes. Check out the differences and see for yourself.
Used commonly on more modern builds, these uPVC frames are great at giving a sleek, contemporary finish that doesn’t need much ongoing care. They’re so easy to maintain that they look after themselves. Their insulation properties mean they’ll be perfect for keeping your home warm and cosy in the colder months too. You can even have your uPVC windows painted to add a unique touch to the exterior of your home.
uPVC windows have an approximate shelf life of 20-30 years depending on how you look after them, whereas timber deepening on the species can last from 30 -80 years. Plastic or uPVC windows will add value to a property that has single glazing – many estate agents recommend a property should have a type of double glazing to increase its value over one without. It’s really up to the owner to decide what is best for them and the property.
If you’re looking to make your home look more bespoke, timber window frames might be for you. Timber windows to some, are more desirable; they can offer that curbside appeal, but they can be more expensive than uPVC. Used far less than uPVC, their appearance is unique, primarily as each piece of wood used to make a frame will be entirely different from the last. With natural insulating properties, you can be sure your timber windows will keep your home warm, making them perfect for saving your money for the January sales!
Timber frames are also great for their versatility in appearance – you can paint, varnish and wax them in a variety of different ways to give the exact finish you want. This way you can make them fit the style of your home – and you.They might be harder to maintain, but they do have the bonus of adding value to the property at the time of resale.
At Osborn Glass, we know everything there is to know about windows, from their frames to their glass, so don’t hesitate to give us a shout if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help, and our expert advice might be just what you need to choose the windows you’ve always wanted.