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Are PVCu Windows Better Than Wood?

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Are you considering replacing your windows? Are you wondering whether to opt for wood window frames or frames made from PVCu? It’s important to know which type are best for your home and for you, so read on to learn the differences between the two materials and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Why Should I Choose Wood Windows?

Window frames made from wood have been around for an incredibly long time. They may be a traditional choice, but over the past few years, they have gone through a number of improvements which have led to them becoming more long-lasting and durable than they were in the past.

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The advantages of wooden window frames include:

  • An attractive appearance – wood window frames boast a traditional, natural look which is especially good for older properties and rustic homes.
  • Insulating properties – wood window frames deliver their own natural insulating properties to your home. They help to keep heat inside the property, reducing the need to heat your home and, therefore, slashing your energy bills.
  • Eco-friendliness – wood is a sustainable and natural material and therefore has a lower carbon footprint when it comes to production. Also, since wood helps to keep the warmth inside your home, wooden frames help to reduce your energy usage.
  • Long lasting – wood windows, when cared for properly, can last for up to 60 years.
  • Security – wood is naturally durable and, when cared for properly, can withstand even severe weather and boost your home’s security.
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The disadvantages of wooden window frames include:

  • Cost - The main drawback to choosing wood window frames is the high cost of having them fitted.
  • Maintenance - In order to keep wooden frames looking their best, you’ll need to paint, treat or stain them frequently since they are susceptible to warping and weather-damage without such measures.
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Why Should I Choose PVCu Windows?

Although wooden window frames may be more traditional, PVCu windows are now a more popular choice among homeowners in the UK. So, why should you opt for this type of window frame? What are the advantages?

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Here are some of the primary benefits to opting for PVCu windows:

  • Low maintenance – unlike wood window frames which need to be regularly cared for and varnished, PVCu window frames can simply be wiped clean periodically to keep them looking their best with no special treatments required.
  • Durability – PVCu is a non-corrosive material and therefore won’t rust or become damaged by even severe weather. PVCu window frames withstand damp and rain very well, so your home stays well-protected from water damage.
  • Security – PVCu windows have a steel core and this makes them very secure and difficult to break through.
  • Insulating – when double glazed windows are fitted within a PVCu window frame, your home will be highly insulated, keeping the warmth inside your property and keeping outdoor noises out.
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The disadvantages of PVCu frames include:

  • Style – Standard PVCu windows from some manufacturers are not as stylish or traditional-looking as wooden window frames.
  • Lifespan - Although they are very durable and will give over 25 years of good performance, they may not last as long as a properly cared-for wooden frame.
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What makes Evolution windows different?

Evolution products have all of the benefits of standard PVCu but we have spent years perfecting the timber effect look of our windows and doors. With our wood grain effect, traditional timber joints, leaded windows and Georgian bars you really can have it all; secure, energy efficient, low maintenance, traditional looking windows and doors without compromise.

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What material is best for you?

Whichever type of window frame you choose, remember that you’re making an investment in the long-term appearance and security of your home. You need to choose the right kind of frame for you that not only looks good but which is durable and secure, offering you adequate protection from potential weather damage or break-ins.

At the end of the day, choosing between wood and PVCu window frames is really a matter of preference and budget. However, If you like the appearance of wood windows but your budget can’t stretch to it, you can find PVCu windows which have a similar appearance to wood, allowing you to achieve a traditional look for your home at a fraction of the cost. By blending specialist knowledge with outstanding craftsmanship and high-quality materials, Evolution Windows’ timber alternative windows take their design inspiration from traditional timber’s beautiful aesthetics but with none of the costly and time-consuming maintenance that is required for classic wood frames.

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Your next steps

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If you can’t visit your local Evolution showroom but still want to find out more about our beautiful handcrafted windows and doors then simply order a brochure today and be inspired.


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