Old-fashioned timber framed windows, especially wooden sash windows, have a unique and undeniable charm. On the right building, they look completely at home. However, timber-framed and single-paned glazing comes with a number of problems that can end up costing you time and money over the years. These are all issues that UPVC windows can eliminate.
Single-paned wooden windows are very prone to condensation. The difference in temperature on either side of the glass causes moisture to build up on the inside surface. This is especially bad during cold weather and at night, when the temperature difference is more extreme.
This moisture will gather on the glass until it becomes too heavy. It will then stream down the glass and pool on the wooden window ledges and frames. It gets into the corners, over time penetrating through weak points in the paint. Once inside the wood, it will cause the material to soften and rot. This compromises the security of the window, often leading to gaps appearing around the edges of the glass. In order to stop the condensation, you either have to conscientiously wipe it up every day or ensure that the wooden frames are maintained regularly. Leave it too long and it will all need replacing.
However, a UPVC window can help eliminate this problem. The combination of double-glazed panes, complete with vacuum or gas-filled insulation in between, reduces the temperature difference between inside and outside the room. That means moisture is much less likely to build up. Plus, UPVC is a very resilient material that is not susceptible to moisture penetration or damage. Water will simply sit on it until it dries. Which means you won’t have to spend hours wiping down the windows or treating the wooden frames.
Windows are, by their nature, weak spots in your home security. Wooden frames and single-pane windows are easily smashed or crowbarred open, meaning you are at risk of break-ins and burglary. Similarly, as single panes are much easier to smash, they can be a safety hazard.
Modern UPVC windows are the simple solution to all these issues. Double glazing is many times stronger than single-pane glass and UPVC frames close tighter and with a stronger seal than older wooden designs. That means when buying UPVC windows you are taking a big leap towards making your home more secure.
Wooden frames, when they are exposed to the extremes of the British weather – such as rain, cold and sunlight – will start to look tired and old after a few years. They need regular upkeep both outside and in to keep them in good shape. That means a huge amount of time spent sanding, filling gaps, prepping and painting. Or at the very least a hefty bill to pay someone else to do it.
Modern UPVC windows are essentially maintenance free. The materials are very durable and long lasting and do not discolour in the rain or sun. Once installed, you are guaranteed years of problem-free windows. In fact, the only thing you’ll have to do is give them a quick clean every now and then – just like you would any other windows.
You might think that UPVC window designs are somewhat limited but that’s not the case. As well as the classic white UPVC window, you can choose from a range of other colours to suit your design scheme. Plus, as well as UPVC casement windows, you can get them in a range of other design styles, including traditional sash windows. In fact, whatever design style you’re looking for, there’s almost certainly a UPVC window to match.
These days, to replace wooden windows will cost the same if not more than UPVC windows. UPVC window costs have come down over the years and are now very reasonable, thanks largely to the prevalence of their use. Virtually every new build or renovation project in the UK relies on UPVC windows because of the many benefits listed above.
So, if your old wooden windows are looking tired, if the rot has set in, or if you are simply fed up of wiping down the condensation every morning in a desperate bid to prevent damage, then it could be time to make the change. Contact your UPVC window supplier to get a quote and find out how easy it could be to make your home safer, more comfortable and easier to maintain.