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.