Wednesday 19 June 2013

Why invest in quality timber windows?

If the time has come to invest in some new windows for your home, there is a huge array of materials and styles to choose from. UPVC windows are convenient and secure but they don’t always look the most attractive, especially if you fit them in a period property. Wooden sash windows are very traditional and ooze charm and aesthetic quality.

On the right building, a wooden sash window can elevate the appearance beyond the norm. So, how do you decide whether sash windows are right for you?

How long do wood windows last?

Figures show that with regular maintenance the average lifespan for timber windows is an impressive 72 years.

Some wooden windows will require less maintenance than others.  For example, Accoya windows will come with a 50 year anti-rot guarantee.

Practical benefits

Modern sash windows can be made to match existing sash designs exactly. So, if you are replacing existing sash frames, it is possible to go like for like.

You can even get double glazed sash windows for a more efficient and cost effective window system. With these you get outstanding performance and all the style of a traditional sash. You can choose from a range of glass types, including safety and thermal glass.

Timber frames are also more environmentally friendly than UPVC frames, and because of the way sash windows open, they are easy to maintain and allow flexible ventilation.

Financial benefits

Quality windows always add value to your property. Installing the wrong windows in a period property can really knock thousands off the asking price. Well-made windows will also last a lifetime. As the saying goes, buy cheap, buy twice. Spend a bit more on quality now and you won’t have to keep replacing the windows.

If you buy well insulated windows, you will also more or less recoup any additional costs from the future savings you will make.

Aesthetic benefits

We’ve already touched on the fairly obvious aesthetic benefits of quality windows. Choose the right style of frame for your house and you can improve the appearance. Choose good quality materials and they will create a look and feel of quality, even from a distance.

As you can see, it makes sense to go for the best.