The benefits of wood windows
The Wood Window Alliance (WWA), an independent body made up of 17 members manufacturing many different kinds of doors and windows, has launched a campaign to highlight the benefits that having wood windows can bring property owners. Here’s wood window lover Naomi Cleaver’s top five reasons for choosing wood windows:
1) The way your house looks is important to you
Whether you live in a conservation area or just appreciate good design wood windows offer a range of styles, colours and finishes in both traditional and contemporary formats to meet your particular taste
2) You want to add value to your home
Fitting inappropriate PVC-U replacement windows can reduce the value of your home. The important rule is to fit windows that are authentic replacements. A national survey of estate agents by English Heritage found unsympathetic replacement of windows and doors – particularly plastic and PVC-U – to be the single biggest threat to property values in conservation areas. So, if your home originally had wood windows, invest in authentic wood replacement windows.
3) They offer better value for money because they last longer
When it comes to buying windows, you may be tempted to purchase PVC-U based on apparent cost savings. Before you do, consider initial outlay versus lifetime value. According to research by Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, wood windows last longer and therefore have a lower whole life cost than comparable PVC-U windows giving you better value for money and more attractive windows.
4) You want your home to be as efficient as possible
Wood is a good insulator and has very low thermal conductivity, making wood windows extremely thermally efficient. Wood windows are widely available with A-C Window Energy Ratings.
5) Sustainability and environmental impact are important to you
WWA windows are energy efficient and are made from the only naturally renewable material used in window manufacture. In a nutshell, wood windows have the lowest environmental impact of any window material
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter