Which windows are better: Wooden or Plastic?

Trying to make the right decision? Let’s go through the advantages and disadvantages of both wooden and plastic windows.

Wooden windows: advantages
  • Advantage number one of wooden window is a visual benefit. Even though you can get plastic windows that replicate the appearance of timber, if the aesthetics, design and traditional charm of your home is a top priority, you’re much better off with timber.
  • Concerning insulation, wooden windows will keep the heat in naturally and help to reduce your energy bills.
  • Are you interested in environment protection? Wood is a natural material and production of wooden windows has little impact on the environment, while plastic windows require high levels of production.
  • Long-term investment! Timber windows could last for as long as 60 years.
  • Wood is a naturally durable material, which can withstand the most severe of weather and increase the security of your home.

Wooden windows: disadvantages
  • Disadvantage depending on your budget: Wooden windows will cost you more than uPVC.
  • Once the timber window is installed, you’ll have to ensure proper care (painting, staining and other treatments).

Plastic windows: advantages
  • Plastic windows are ideal solution to a tight budget you must stick to. You won’t find a cheaper material than uPVC.
  • Last few years wooden windows have undergone significant improvements that make them more durable and long-lasting.
  • As a non-corrosive material, uPVC window won’t rust or rot and will be able to withstand any weather. As it has a steel core, uPVC window is extremely tough to damage.
  • Double glazing within the plastic window frames has significant insulation properties that will help to keep the heat in and the outdoor noise out.
  • No need for special treatments: keeping the frames clean with a little wipe will be enough to keep your windows clean.

Plastic windows: disadvantages
  • We’ve already touched the visual part: uPVC frame doesn’t come close in comparison with the wooden one.
  • Concerning the durability, you’ll be replacing your uPVC window frames much sooner than if you choose timber ones.