Insulate your home with timber windowsWhether you’re replacing old, worn windows or just fancy a change, timber windows are a great option. However, if you’ve previously had UPVC windows, you might be confused as to some of the benefits of timber and why you should choose it for your home. Why not take a few minutes to read our handy guide to timber windows and see if they could be the right choice for you.
Why choose timber?
Whilst UPVC windows became popular in the 1990’s due to their low cost and the fact they are easy to maintain, traditional timber windows have always been a popular choice.
Many people are concerned that choosing timber windows is a less environmentally friendly option than UPVC, but provided you choose wood from a sustainable source, timber windows are actually better for the environment.
Timber is durable, easy to look after and beautiful, although you will need to have your windows treated regularly to ensure they stay looking great for longer.
Where to buy
There are hundreds of websites offering timber windows and doors, and it can sometimes be a bit baffling knowing where to shop. It’s important to shop around to ensure you get the best deal, but also to choose a reputable manufacturer.
Windows will need to meet safety and security standards, and ideally be fitted by a FENSA accredited installer – if this doesn’t happen you will need to pay for your Local Authority to carry out checks of the completed work.
Ideally, you should obtain quotes from 2 – 3 websites, which will allow you to compare the prices, product ranges and service on offer.
Isn’t timber expensive?
It’s true that you may find yourself paying a bit more for timber windows than for UPVC windows, but there are many different types of wood, finishes and treatment to choose from, and timber windows are a great option for more traditional homes. It’s usually easy to find a great deal online, and many websites will offer discounts if your order exceeds a certain amount.
Timber is eye catching and makes the house look warm and cared for. It can customised for many different looks.
Another good reason to choose timber is that it's more enviromently friendly compared to PVC windows. They have much lower global warming potential.
The benefits of timber
Timber windows don’t just look good, they are also hardwearing and will last for years to come. You’ll find that the latest windows have key-operated locks which will not only make your home more secure, but could also reduce the cost of your home insurance premium.
Your new timber windows will help to keep cold out and heat in, insulating your home and reducing your heating bills – so you’ll also be saving money on fuel and reducing your carbon footprint at the same time!
Make sure that you shop around when it comes to buying new timber windows – always read customer testimonials and reviews before choosing a manufacturer to purchase from to make sure you get the best possible service.
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