As we mentioned at uPVC windows, there are a number of reasons why you might want to use uPVC windows in your home rather than alternatives. The two main alternative types of window are timber and aluminium, so in this article we’ll be going through the disadvantages of these materials compared to uPVC.
Remember, there is no such thing as the “best type of window”. The one which is right for your home will depend on a number of factors such as budget, house style, climate and location.
Disadvantages of Timber Windows
There’s no doubt that timber windows are aesthetically pleasing, but if you’re going to be maintaining them yourself you need to be aware of the things that could go wrong. Firstly, timber frames require repainting from time to time because the paint begins to peel. There’s also the chance that the timber will end up rotting or becoming damaged, as the material is not as durable as uPVC.
Another problem with timber windows is that they can easily warp. uPVC windows don’t have this problem, and will not change shape. The extra durability of uPVC means that they will last a lot longer than timber, which is something you need to factor into your cost.
Disadvantages of Aluminium Windows
Aluminium windows are still popular in certain places around the world such as Japan, but they have a number of downsides. Firstly, corrosion is a real problem with metal, although aluminium is generally quite durable. Corrosion can be addressed to a certain extent, but not completely. Water stains are also possible with aluminium.
So in summary, the main reasons you should consider getting a uPVC window for your home is that they are easy to maintain, provide good thermal insulation and are highly durable. If, on the other hand, aesthetics are important to you or you have a listed house then you may want to consider going for timber. While they are more work, they suit traditional homes much better than modern uPVC.