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Timber Windows – Prices & Benefits
Timber frame windows carry a more traditional look and can be used in virtually any type of home. For UK homeowners who are considering replacement windows, wooden window frames retain a period look that is lost with modern uPVC installations.
Benefits of timber Windows
Timber frame windows are fitted to certain standards such as the TRADA Q-Mark High Performance Timber Windows Scheme. This provides assurance that the windows installed on site meet the same high standards as those tested and therefore offer the same performance criteria.
It’s impossible to overlook the many benefits and advantages wood as a product does have
- Wood has excellent thermal efficiency
- More character than uPVC and aluminium framed windows
- Timber is an environmentally friendly material and much kinder to the environment than uPVC.
- A study from Herriot Watt University indicates that all timber window frames offer better long term value than uPVC and have a service life of at least twice that of uPVC windows
Types of timber windows
Softwood: is suitable for both contemporary and period-style homes. It is popular amongst those wanted timber on a limited budget. This wood can be stained but is usually painted. Douglas fir is very stable and durable softwood. Softwood windows require painting every few years.
Hardwood: is a slower growing type of wood and therefore has a tighter grain than softwood making them more stable and durable. Oak is the most popular and is often used on traditional-style homes. Hardwood promises a longer lifespan than softwood.
Cost of timber windows
The cost of softwood timber windows can range from £6,000 to £15,000 for a one off house, but considerably less if glazed on-site. However, this can carry a risk of double-glazing failure (i.e misted units). Factory glazing lowers the risk but costs more.
Hardwood framed windows are more expensive ranging from £8,000 to £20,000 for a one off house. Usually anything up to four times the cost of softwood.
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