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There is perhaps more to windows than meets the eye, and for many of us, we just accept the windows we have in the home we buy and tend not to look at alternatives. But you can change the whole character and feeling of a property just through changing the windows, though there is little point in replacing new double glazed windows just because you don’t like the colour or style as replacement windows definitely aren’t cheap. So perhaps when you come to move home, or are thinking of having new replacement windows installed, then understanding what can be achieved with the two principal options available will help considerably.

uPVC Windows Pros

  • Ease of maintenance
  • Remain looking new for years
  • Stylish clean-cut look
  • Add value to your home

 

uPVC Windows Cons

  • You cannot change the colour
  • They are made of plastic
  • They creak in hot weather as the plastic expands
  • uPVC double glazing looks better in modern homes rather than period ones
  • Can’t be used in listed buildings or in conservation areas

 

Timber/Hardwood Windows Pros

  • The natural warmth and beauty of wood
  • The character they add to a period property
  • You can stain or paint them any colour you like
  • Add value to your home
  • Can be used in listed buildings and in conservation areas

Timber/Hardwood Window Cons

  • Can be more expensive than uPVC
  • Require continual maintenance
  • Can rot if not maintained
  • Prone to not lasting as long as uPVC windows
  • If left in a natural oiled state, the wood is prone to bleaching and going grey in time

As you can see from the above, there are a number of factors to be taken into account when choosing your windows. On top of this you then have to decide on which style and design you want, ideally one that is in keeping with your property’s character. A good piece of advice is to go for a wander around a part of town that contains properties similar to your own and have a look at which style of window you prefer the most and which you think looks best. Don’t be afraid to knock on the door and ask the owners where they go their windows from!