Real Wooden Window Frames or Wood Effect uPVC: What’s the Difference?

Wooden window frames aren’t just for period properties. They give modern homes a striking and refined ambience, so timber frames are a popular choice whatever the age of your house.

However, before you start to explore the options for new wooden frames, did you know that wood effect uPVC frames are an excellent alternative?

So, should you go for real timber or wood effect uPVC window frames?

Beautiful house with wooden window frames

Does Wood Effect uPVC Really Look Like Wood?

This is probably the most obvious question, and the answer is yes – wood effect uPVC frames are remarkably realistic. Texture and colour are applied to the uPVC frame on a special laminate foil. The foil is heat bonded, and the result is a tough and long-lasting finish that looks amazing.

Of course, real wood looks wonderful as well, so you’re spoilt for choice but here are some other points to consider.

Installation Costs

Timber takes time to grow, and every piece is unique. Consequently, real wooden windows are more expensive to install. uPVC frames are much cheaper to manufacture, so the initial cost will be considerably lower.

Ongoing Maintenance

Whatever the material, your windows require maintenance from time to time to keep them at their best. Timber frames can dry out, warp or crack, so it’s essential to wax or oil them regularly. This keeps them supple and waterproof. They also need a fresh coat of paint every few years.

Wooden frames are also susceptible to mould, mildew and even insect infestations. This is particularly true of older window frames in period properties. These issues can be avoided by applying appropriate treatments, but you must do this regularly.  

By contrast, uPVC frames are quick and easy to look after. A regular wipe-over with warm, soapy water is all it takes, they won’t deteriorate in any way and insects don’t stand a chance of penetrating the frame.  

How Long Will They Last?

Wooden frames last for many years if you look after them properly. Although uPVC is extremely strong and durable, quality timber will probably last longer.

However, to put this in perspective uPVC is good for at least 30 years and wood for approximately 60. Either way, you’ve got a reliable and long-lasting material, so longevity isn’t a problem whichever you choose.

Insulation, Noise Reduction and Cost Efficiency

Double glazing provides the right level of comfort all year round. It stops heat from escaping during the colder months and keeps it out on warmer days. The dual panes also create a barrier to intrusive noise from outside.

This is the case whatever material you use for the frame, providing its good quality and well maintained. Wood is a natural insulator whilst uPVC frames are filled with insulating foam, which provides excellent heat retention.  

Both options are sure to keep your home warm and cosy, and that’s good news for energy bills as well.  

Safe and Sound

uPVC window frames are built around a steel core, which makes them virtually indestructible. There again, wood is extraordinarily resilient – after all, trees can last for hundreds of years! Whichever you chose, potential intruders won’t be keen to try and gain access through your windows.

The Right Choice for You – Talk to The Window Centre

Real wood and wood effect uPVC are both smart and dependable choices for your new window frames. Which option you go for is down to your taste and budget, but you can rely on the friendly and experienced team at The Window Centre for the very best advice and service. Contact The Window Centre today.

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