Are wooden windows more expensive than PVCu windows?
It is a common misconception that timber windows and doors are more expensive than plastic windows.
We frequently provide quotations for double glazed wooden windows throughout London and our quotations almost always beat all the major national PVCu window manufacturers prices.
Wooden windows not only look more attractive than plastic they will last longer too, if you look after your replacement wood windows they can last well over 100 years. Plastic and metal windows will last up to 30 years and then they will need replacement, you can not redecorate a plastic window so replacement will be your only option.
Can I have double glazed wooden windows in a conservation area or a listed building?
If you buy mass produced factory finished “off the shelf” timber windows then it will quite likely be that they will not be suitable for listed buildings or properties in conservation areas. All our wooden windows are completely bespoke and we can replicate and reproduce any period window you may require and with super slim double glazing units installed (sometimes referred to as “Slim-line glass) your replacement windows will please both building control and the conservation officer. We have fitted literally hundreds of double glazed wooden windows in both listed buildings and conservation areas and all have passed all restrictions in place.
Do I need to replace my sash windows if they are rattling and draughty?
Probably not, if you have original sash windows in your property then they will most likely be over 100 years old.
Effectively these types of sash windows in our opinion are antiques, so if at all possible they should not be replaced.
Generally a full overhaul and refurbishment of the box sash windows will make them function correctly again and with new draught excluding part and staff beads fitted the windows will no longer rattle and virtually every draught will be stopped.
Why do we only use hardwood when we make windows?
We have always had a very strict policy on only using hardwood when we make windows and doors, the reason for this is quite simple. Hardwood has a much denser grain compared to softwood and as such will out perform redwood or pine every time.
Hardwood windows will last much longer than softwood as it is far more difficult for water to penetrate into the dense grain.
We consider softwood as only fit for interior use and with the British climate being quite wet and humid the only way to provide a top quality long lasting product is to supply all our windows as standard in hardwood.