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Timber Windows vs uPVC Windows

Timber Windows vs uPVC Windows

When choosing new windows for your home, you will be faced with a decision to make in terms of which material to go for. There are a variety of options on the market these days and they all offer their own unique benefits and advantages.

Timber windows and uPVC windows are two of the most popular materials for homes here in the UK, and they can come with misconceptions about which is better. The important thing to know is that, whichever material you choose with us at First Windows, you’ll be getting high-quality products that are designed to last for years to come.

However, to help you get a better understanding of these two window materials, we thought we’d compare the two, highlighting the benefits of each and what you can expect.


The benefits of timber windows

How with timber windows

Timber windows sometimes get a reputation for not lasting quite as long as other materials since they’re made from natural wood. This isn’t true though; timber windows can last for many years – sometimes longer than uPVC frames – but the difference is that they need a little more attention when it comes to maintenance. A good timber treatment and coating every 7-10 years can add decades to their lifespan.

The main appeal of opting for timber windows comes from the improved kerb appeal they bring. As they are made from a stylish and natural material, they can add a touch of elegance to any property, but they are especially popular with homeowners trying to retain some traditional or original aesthetics. This can be either as sash windows or casement windows, whichever best suits the style of property in your area.

You’ll be pleased to know that, on top of the above, timber is also a naturally insulating material. This means you’ll get just as good thermal performance from your timber window frames as you would with other materials.


The benefits of uPVC windows

uPVC Windows installed

For modern homes, there are few better options than uPVC windows. This robust material offers a clean and tidy look for any property and delivers security for your home through a steel core behind the plastic.

The biggest draw of uPVC for modern windows, however, is the cost. They are generally a low-cost, high-quality option no matter what style of property you have. Second to the price is the fact that uPVC windows don’t require nearly as much maintenance to keep them looking great. Simply give the uPVC a quick wash along with the windows themselves to keep them bright and fresh.

When considering the energy efficiency of your home – which is important if you want to try and keep your bills down – uPVC comes with an excellent reputation for improving how well your windows retain heat inside the home. 


Should I get timber or uPVC windows?

The answer to this question comes down to two core factors. 

The first is your desired look for your property. If you have a traditional property and you want to retain that feeling of authenticity – or even if you have a modern home and want a natural-looking trim – then you may wish to select timber windows. 

If, on the other hand, you’ve got one eye on costs, then uPVC offers the ideal solution with clean lines, great insulation and a lower price. 


Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to windows, but when it comes to choosing a window-fitting company you can trust, look no further than First Windows. Not only do we offer a wide selection of window styles, including sash windows and casement windows, but we also give you a choice of materials to help you find the right option at the right budget. Our team is highly skilled, so you can rest assured that your brand new windows will be installed to the highest standards. Plus, we give you a 10-year guarantee for your peace of mind regardless of which material you opt for.

Contact us today for more details or to book an appointment with a member of our team. You can also see a selection of our windows at the First Windows showroom in Croydon.

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