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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Your Guide to Timber Double Glazing

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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.


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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 suppliers of wooden 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


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Wooden Casement Windows

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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 suppliers of wooden 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


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Wooden Double Glazed Window Prices

Double glazed wooden windows prices can be up to 3 times more than uPVC windows; this is because of the material they're made from and the craftsmanship that goes into producing them.

The cost of wooden windows depends on lots of different factors, including whether you opt for timber casement windows or wooden sash windows, how many windows you need, and on which floor the windows are being replaced on.

These 2 tables give you supply and fit hardwood window prices for the most common sizes, with the first table outlining guide prices for a ground floor installation:

Type of Wooden Window
60cm x 90cm
90cm x 90cm
90cm x 120cm
120cm x 120cm
180cm x 150cm
Timber Casement
£820
£1,130
£1,290
£1,430
£1,790
Timber Sash
£1,530
£1,680
£1,860
£1,980
£3,030


It'll cost you more to have wooden windows fitted on other floors because the installation company needs to hire scaffolding and ladders to make the work safe:

Type of Wooden Window
60cm x 90cm
90cm x 90cm
90cm x 120cm
120cm x 120cm
180cm x 150cm
Timber Casement
£885
£1,200
£1,360
£1,500
£1,860
Timber Sash
£1,595
£1,750
£1,935
£2,050
£3,095


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Wood Effect Windows

Most leading window companies offer wood effect uPVC, with rosewood as one of the most commonly purchased colours. These windows are designed to look like wooden windows but are actually made of Un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC).

Wood or timber effect uPVC windows are now more popular with homeowners than traditional timber windows. This is because they offer the best of both worlds: the aesthetic appeal of wooden windows, the benefits of modern uPVC, and prices that are much cheaper than those of hardwood windows.

Here are the leading ranges of wood effect uPVC windows available 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



Wood Effect uPVC Prices

The cost of woodgrain uPVC windows can vary based on all kinds of factors including how many you need, how many openings you'd like, which floors they're being installed on, the company fitting them and where you live.

The below prices are based on casement windows, a popular style which includes 1 or 2 openings depending on the size:

Window Size
Price Range
50cm x 50cm
£450 to £500
100cm x 50cm
£600 to £650
100cm x 100cm
£625 to £675
120cm x 120cm
£675 to £725


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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


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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


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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Windows?

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

Advantages of Wooden Windows

  • • 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


Disadvantages of Wooden Windows

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


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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.

Learn more about the best kind of double glazing here.


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What Do You 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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