Wooden double glazed windows

Wooden windows are considered to be the best looking type of double glazed windows.

Installing new windows will reduce your energy bill by up to £175 a year and increase your property’s value.

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Wooden and timber double glazing

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Wooden double glazed windows (also known as timber windows) are a popular option for traditional looking homes in the UK.

New double glazed wooden windows will help keep your home warm and insulated. Wood frames are a good insulator, durable and have a long life expectancy. They are available in a range of oak, softwood and hardwood options.

Wood framed windows require some maintenance, e.g. re-painting and wood staining every 5 - 8 years. If properly maintained, they can last for many decades.

Wooden windows are often considered to be the best looking type of double glazing. However many homeowners now opt for wood effect uPVC windows as they offer the aesthetic appeal of wooden windows while also offering the benefits of modern uPVC windows.



Wooden sash windows

wooden sash windows

Wooden sash windows showcase the elegant style of Victoria and Georgian eras and are often considered the best looking window.

This makes them a popular option for period properties and traditional looking homes.

If you are looking for wooden sash windows, you should also consider mock sash timber windows. These windows are designed to look like sash windows, but offer the ease of operation of casement windows.

The table below shows the leading wooden / timber sash windows:

Window company
Wooden sash product range
Type of glazing
Energy efficiency rating
Masterframe
Bygone Softwood Box Sash
Double glazing
A
Masterframe
Bygone Softwood Timber Tilt Sash
Double glazing
A




Wooden casement windows

wooden-casement-window-example

Wooden casement windows are not as popular as wooden sash windows in the UK. This is due to sash windows being considered better looking and more traditional.

However, wooden casement windows do offer a better ease of use and are often cheaper than wooden sash windows.

The table below shows the leading wooden / timber casement windows:

Window company
Wooden casement product range
Type of glazing
Energy efficiency rating
Anglian
Timber Modern Casement
Double glazing
A
Quickslide
Casement
Double glazing
A




Wood effect windows

Most leading window companies offer wood effect uPVC. These windows are designed to look like wooden windows but are actually made of UPVC.

Wood or timber effect uPVC windows are now more popular with homeowners than traditional timber windows.

Wood effect uPVC windows offer the best of both worlds. They retain the aesthetic appeal of wooden windows whilst offering the huge benefits of modern uPVC.

The table below shows the leading ranges of wood effect uPVC windows in the UK:

Window company
Wood effect product range
Type of glazing
Energy efficiency rating
Anglian
Triple PVCU Tilt & Turn - Dark Woodgrain
Triple glazing
A
Everest
Woodgrain Fully Reinforced
Double glazing
A+
Safestyle
Heritage
Double glazing
A




How much are wooden double glazed windows?

Wooden double glazed windows can cost up to three times more than uPVC double glazing (also known as PVCu).

Here are some examples of average costs for wooden double glazing:

Type of wooden window
Average cost for 4 windows
Average cost for 9 windows
Average cost for 15 windows
Timber casement
£2,395 - £2,805
£5,413 - £6,159
£9,342 - £10,097
Timber sash
£4,048 - £5,441
£7,667 - £11,465
£12,256 - £15,903


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Who are wooden windows suitable for?

Wooden double glazed windows are most suitable for:

  • traditional looking houses
  • homes with older style brickwork

They are also suitable if you want double glazing that’s:

  • natural looking
  • a good insulator
  • made from renewable materials

They are less suitable if you are a homeowner who wants:

  • low cost windows
  • low maintenance windows
  • windows for a modern style home
  • replacement windows to match other homes on your street, for example if all your neighbours have similar uPVC windows


Which companies offer them?

The table below shows leading nationwide installers who offer wooden windows. Local companies in your area will also offer wooden windows too so you should always compare between local and nationwide installers.

Installer
Wooden windows
uPVC windows
Aluminium windows
Everest
Yes
Yes
Yes
Safestyle
No
Yes
No
Anglian
Yes
Yes
Yes
Zenith
No
Yes
No
Britelite
No
Yes
Yes
Crystal Windows
No
Yes
No
Manchester Window Factory
Yes
Yes
Yes
Weather Seal
No
Yes
No


What are the advantages and disadvantages of timber windows?

There are advantages and disadvantages to consider before purchasing wooden double glazed windows.

Advantages include that wooden double glazing is:

  • better to look at or more ‘visually pleasing’
  • natural looking
  • available in a range of elegant designs
  • environmentally friendly
  • appealing to house buyers
  • likely to increase the value of your property
  • easier to repair
  • extremely durable
  • made from a renewable material
  • expected to have a long lifetime
  • available in a wide range of colours
  • a good insulator

The disadvantages of wooden double glazing includes that it:

  • is more expensive to buy than uPVC double glazing
  • needs to be treated with paint and wood stain every 5 - 8 years


Are there any alternatives?

Double glazed windows are predominantly available with frames made from;

  • uPVC
  • timber
  • aluminium

There are advantages and disadvantages to all three. For example, most homeowners tend to use PVCu framed windows, because it’s cheaper. PVCu double glazing doesn’t look as good as wood and can get dirty easily.

Aluminium frames are the most modern and expensive kind of double glazing. They require no maintenance.

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What do I need to know about guarantees for wooden windows?

The leading double glazing manufacturers and fitters will provide guarantees when you purchase your timber windows, which can help you to maintain your windows.

Before buying, always check with the supplier which guarantees are included within your quote and the length of each guarantee.

Here the most common and useful guarantees offered by leading wooden double glazing manufacturers:

Guarantee
Description
Typical length offered
Insect and fungal infection
The manufacturer applies a coat of anti-fungus and rot prevention treatment to finish your windows.
10 - 30 years
Sealed units
All double glazed windows are made up of two panes of glass with a gap in the middle of them which the manufacturer seals to make sure the window panes are air tight, insulated and keep your home warm. Most double glazing manufacturers offer a guarantee on these sealed units, meaning if you spot any issues with your panes that are caused because the seal has dried out within this time, they should repair or replace the sealed units for you.
10 years
Hardware
Hardware guarantees apply to the fixtures that come with your windows, for example; frames, handles, sashes, hinges etc.
10 years
Workmanship
This guarantee is like a typical manufacturer’s warranty. The company who are fitting your window may also offer a guarantee to ensure they carry out a quality job when fitting your windows.
5 - 10 years
Paint finishes
Most wooden double glazed windows come with a paint finish.The guarantee means no additional painting should be required for the length of the guarantee.
5 - 8 years
Wood stain finishes
Wood framed windows should also be treat with a protective wood stain finish. This guarantees that you will not need to stain or treat the window frame for the guarantee period.
5 years

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