If you’re looking to replace timber windows, which have gone past the point of restoration, you may be
asking yourself whether you should opt for timber or uPVC. While on paper uPVC windows may be
cheaper, this is very much a short term benefit. Let’s take a look at the reasons why timber ticks all
RETAIN PERIOD CHARM
It’s likely that the windows you are replacing will be timber if you live in a period property. So the beauty
of choosing wood for your new windows is that you can replicate the material as well as detail of the
original design, sympathetically. Being true to the architectural character of your home is also the best
way to maintain its value, financially and aesthetically. Investing in new timber windows, with innovative
draught proofing built in, can even add value by boosting energy efficiency and reducing noise from
outside. And wood never goes out of fashion either, so the timeless quality of timber windows is there
for generations to enjoy.
EMBRACE GREEN CREDENTIALS
Using wood from a sustainable source means that timber windows are environmentally‐friendly – unlike
most other materials used to make windows, such as plastic, steel and aluminium. And if uPVC ends up in
landfill, it can take decades to decompose. Timber is also a natural insulator, and coupled with high
performance single or double glazing, your windows will help prevent heat loss from you home,
improving your energy efficiency and cutting household fuel bills.
LOOK FORWARD TO LONGEVITY
Properly maintained timber windows will always outlast their uPVC counterparts, which can discolour
and become brittle after as few as 20 years. So, any initial cost savings are lost when your windows need
replacing again. Maintained, treated and cared for in the correct way, timber windows can be enjoyed for
as long as 100 years – and as the component parts can be repaired or replaced, you don’t to pay for an
entire window when you need to carry out a repair. Ventrolla use a special engineered wood called
Accoya to make their windows. Incredibly stable, rot‐ and warp‐resistant, it allows your new windows to
retain the character of wood while offering exceptional durability.
ENJOY TIMBER’S VERSATILITY
Wooden windows can be made to the exact thickness, with slimmer frames and a choice of single, double
or secondary glazing. Craftsmen, like those at Ventrolla, can carve architectural details in your
replacement windows, too. So, whatever the demands of your property, you can be sure that wooden
windows will fit in, seamlessly. Of course, where they really come into their own is with your choice of
finish. Unlike uPVC window frames, wood can be stained, varnished or painted in a myriad of colours to
complement the style of your home’s exterior and interior. So you can pick a period colour then change
your look to something more on‐trend – the choice really is yours.