Are wooden sash windows better than uPVC sash windows?

Last Updated: 28 September 2023

Whilst timber is still the popular choice for sash windows in heritage properties or for homeowners looking for a traditional touch, uPVC is aiming to make inroads there too. It’s meant homeowners now have the choice of opting for wooden sash or uPVC sash windows, which are designed to offer the aesthetics and operation of a traditional timber sash window but using uPVC.

It’s made the decision far more complicated for homeowners in the market for replacement sash windows. Should they stay traditional and opt for timber sash windows or take advantage of modern materials and go for uPVC? Is one solution better than the other? As we install either option, we’ve taken a closer look at both varieties to help you come to a decision.

Wooden sash windows

White timber bay sliding sash windows

  • Wood is a natural insulator and because we fit our wooden sash windows with quality double glazed units from Pilkington, they’ll retain plenty of heat in your home. This means they provide ample opportunity to save on your energy bill, especially if replacing single glazed sash windows.
  • Timber windows are some of the most durable around; as long as you retreat them every 6-8 years, they can easily last a lifetime.
  • Here at Reddish Joinery, we offer timber sash windows built from Accoya. Accoya sash windows resist insect attack and water penetration and they can last for up to an incredible 80 years!
  • Aside with being built to traditional sash window dimensions, they come with a range of design features for added authenticity. This includes astragal bars, carved sash horns, Georgian bars and a range of metal sash window hardware.
  • Wooden sash windows come in a wide range of paint and stain finishes so you can match their appearance to suit your home.

uPVC sash windows

uPVC sash window

  • uPVC is one of the lowest maintenance materials you can find; all you need to do is wipe it down with a soft cloth and soapy water now and again to ensure it looks its best. Our uPVC sash windows can also be tilted inwards, allowing you to clean them from the safety and comfort of your own home.
  • This tilt-in facility not only makes them ideal for hard-to-reach places too, but it also allows you to safely ventilate your home during the warmer months, keeping it cool in the process.
  • uPVC sash window frames are fitted with a number of chambers which have been designed for the purposes of trapping heat. As uPVC is a natural insulator and they come fitted with our excellent double glazing too, they make any homes they’re fitted upon much more energy efficient.
  • Fitted with a deep bottom rail and available with Georgian bars if desired, uPVC sash windows emulate the appearance of genuine timber versions down to the finest detail. This ensures for total authenticity. They even come in a range of woodgrain foil finishes if you want them to have the textured appearance of wood too.

Is modern uPVC or traditional timber better for your home?

Do you prefer wooden or uPVC sash windows? Either way, Reddish Joinery can fit a set to your home if desired. For more information, give us a call on 0161 969 7474 or contact us online.

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