Wood Windows are your only authentic choice when in comes to homes in traditional/period character and design. Timber Windows can either be Wooden Flush Casement Windows, Stormproof wooden casement windows or Hardwood sash windows. New or replacement timber windows certainly within Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and London can offer more character and charm than modern counterparts.
Offers unrivalled thermal, acoustic, security performance, authentic period detailing and look.
Timber Windows is your most expensive choice.
£20,000-£50,000 for a one-off house.
Contacts for London, Surrey & within Home Counties: Privett Timber Windows (01483 901 001) For Windows and Doors click here
uPVC Plastic Windows have dominated the new build and replacement window markets since the 1990s as a ‘fit and forget’ solution. Wrongly perceived as the environmentally unfriendly option, manufacturers are working hard to improve their reputation by using recycled plastic but it is still way behind on environmental credentials than solid wooden windows.
It’s the cheapest overall option, though costs do vary enormously with quality. Most appealingly, it doesn’t require maintenance.
PVCu can look cheap, colours and reduce the value of period homes. It cannot be repaired easily, and doors can be a weak point. There are rumours that plastic can release chemical toxins into the atmosphere.
£5,000-£15,000 for a one-off house.
Contacts for Windows in Surrey and Hampshire:
Anglian Home Improvements (0808 30143994)
Aluminium windows and doors can easily achieve improvements in heat gain and heat loss through windows than PVC equivalents.
All are very low-maintenance and tend to look better than plastic and can produce finer frames
Not as thermally efficient as timber windows, lack of detail, mouldings or aesthetic features
£8,000-£20,000 for a one-off house.
Contacts in Surrey and Hampshire: Jennyfields (01252 315888)
Making The Decision
On contemporary, minimalist homes the trend is towards maximum glass, minimum frame. Aluminium produces very fine frames, while structural glass can achieve a frameless window.
If you are building in period style, you must choose a material appropriate to that era — which in most cases will be timber windows. Many PVCu and GRP ‘period’ designs exist, but few are convincing. You cannot effectively replicate wood grain with plastic or achieve glazing bars which are as elegant, moulding, profiles and beauty as the original period windows.
Builders of contemporary homes have a much wider choice — wooden windows will soften a rendered exterior, while aluminium is perfect for minimalist homes. PVCu is still the standard choice for many modern homes, purely down to a cost factor — but do buy the best quality you can afford.