What’s best for windows: uPVC or hardwood?
The two materials actually have a lot in common, at least as far as their applications are concerned. Two key benefits of hardwood windows are their durability and insulating properties. As long as you can stave off rot, termites, and don’t mind the occasional crack, hardwood windows can last a long time.
Meanwhile, uPVC can also last a long time. Well, a “long” time. The estimated lifespan of a uPVC window is around 20 years. After that, the plastic may start to degrade. Meanwhile, quality wood can last upwards of 60 years. The difference is that while hardwood requires care and maintenance, uPVC invites an “install it and forget it” approach. You’ll need to clear away dust from the window frame from time to time, and that’s it.
At the end of the day, both materials are pretty good. If you are willing to pay more upfront and don’t mind the upkeep, hardwood is the clear best choice. However, if you want to keep maintenance concerns down, just go with uPVC windows instead. In either case, it’s also a good idea to use double glazed windows to boost heat insulation and break-in resistance. Click here to find double glazing Beckenham.