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Timber Windows: Benefits & Prices
Timber windows hold a traditional charm and can be fitted in almost 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
It’s impossible to overlook the many benefits and advantages of timber windows. From their charming aesthetics to helping to lower your heating bills, you’d be hard pushed to find a better material for windows.
Keeping the heating bills down is a priority for about every homeowner. And timber windows can help!
Timber has a low thermal conductivity rating which means that it holds great insulation properties.
Timber is a desirable window frame material for many homeowners. Mainly because it offers more character than the alternatives, such as uPVC and aluminium.
Installing timber windows can actually help to remove carbon (a leading cause of climate change) from the atmoshpere. This is because plant-based organisms, like trees, absorb carbon. Just make sure that the wood for your timber windows has been sustainably sourced.
Wood is well proven at standing any tests thrown at it by the weather. Whether it’s rain, wind or heat, wood will remain strong.
For added assurance, timber frame windows are fitted to standards set by the TRADA Q-Mark High Performance Timber Windows Scheme.
Repair, don’t replace
The life of timber windows can be extended with good maintenance and, if necessary, repairs. This will be more affordable that a full window replacement and mean that they last far longer.
How long do timber windows last?
A study from Herriot Watt University indicates that all timber window frames offer better long term value than uPVC.
You may never need to replace timber windows in your lifetime. To put that into context, uPVC windows, the most popular choice in the UK, can last for around 20-30 years.
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.
Disadvantages of timber windows
Unfortunately, timber has a tendency to expand and warp. This can lead to windows that require an increasing amount of effort to open and close.
Having said this, timber framed windows are now manufactured to prevent it from expanding. To do this, the timber is layered in different directions so that any expansion evens out and remain as perfect as the day the were installed.
Cost of timber windows
Timber is one of the more costly materials for window frames. Depending on the size and type of window being installed prices can reach over £15,000.
The table below shows potential costs of casement timber windows…
|Size of Window (mm)||Price per Timber Casement Window (Ground floor)||Price per Timber Casement Window (Second floor)|
|600 x 900||£850 – £950||£900 – £1,000|
|900 x 1200||£1,200 – £1,300||£1,300 – £1,400|
|1200 x 1200||£1,350 – £1,450||£1,400 – £1,500|
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.
Find out more in How Much Do Windows Cost? Replacement Window Prices.
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