One of the first decisions you will have to make when buying and having timber windows installed is whether to choose PVC or timber frames. PVC is often viewed as being longer lasting and more convenient but the truth is very different. What’s more, whether you are looking to recreate period property features or you simply want to enjoy a great looking property finish, timber offers a natural look and a beautiful finish that cannot be replicated with PVC or even with composite materials.
One of the reasons that a lot of buyers choose PVC is because they perceive it to be easier to look after, requiring much less maintenance than timber. In reality, however, this can actually be a hindrance. Timber frames do require regular cleaning and painting, but this isn’t an option with PVC. For the first few years of ownership, it may be more convenient to have frames that do not require any maintenance, but after this period, when PVC is beginning to look tired and jaded, you will be unable to repaint the frames. Timber frames will look as good as new every time they are updated, but once PVC starts to wear, it will look old and damaged.
Similarly, it is much more difficult to repair PVC frames. If a section of frame becomes badly damaged, the only recourse available might be the replacement of the whole frame. In contrast, a timber section of frame can be removed and replaced if necessary, without having to replace the whole window installation. While the PVC frames are unlikely to just fall apart, bad weather and stormy conditions can cause considerable damage.
PVC frames may offer a life of 20 or 30 years, and some manufacturers will guarantee the frames for this kind of period. …Read More