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Old 07-09-2011, 08:04 PM
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I reakon a wooden double glazed window would look fantastic in an old farmhouse more authentic than PVC after reading all the comments and past experience it depends on where you get your windows from but both can equally be durable and environmentally friendly.. therefore research some companies to find the best option for you..
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:43 AM
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Wood windows made from properly selected timber will not break down after 6-8 years. Most timber window makers supply pre-painted products where the paint finish alone is guaranteed for 10 years. I have completed many projects where this is evident and recently wrote an article on one case study. While wood windows and doors will need some maintenance, with some care they will last a life-time, and more.
I completely agree - not only to wood windows look better but regular maintenance and they will last longer!
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:41 AM
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My vote is also gone for PVC if you are looking for sustainability. I lived in a house with wood windows that are a nightmare, especially if separated during the winter and if you're looking for that rustic look authentic and the tree would be better.
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:54 AM
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Wooden window will be good for this situation because as you explain that you like traditional timber windows and i personally like it also and definitely it is more strong then pvc.
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Old 22-11-2011, 05:28 PM
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Window manufacture has rapidly progressed over the last two decades, resulting in a far simpler buying process and a wider choice of design and materials than ever before, but there remain some key points you should consider. Mark Brinkley explains.

Twenty years ago, virtually everyone building a new home or an extension used timber windows. They arrived on site as bare frames, with just a base coat of stain applied to them. These frames were then fixed into the walls as the building went up, and the glazing was carried out weeks later, usually just before the scaffolding was taken down. Sometimes it got overlooked and ended up being done off a ladder a week or two later. Back then, the glazing was just a single pane: anyone fitting double glazing would have had to be building an eco house. After the glass was fitted, the sole question was whether to paint or stain the frames.
Meanwhile, over in suburbia, things could not have been more different. There a replacement window boom was in full swing. Replacement windows were almost always plastic — technically PVCu. These windows sold themselves on adding value, comfort, efficiency (by virtue of being double glazed) and offering a maintenance-free product.
Unlike the new build market, where designers and builders were all used to working with standard openings into which manufactured frames could be easily fitted, the replacement window manufacturers were all producing made-to-measure products, which made them rather more expensive on a like-for-like basis, and thus effectively kept them out of the new build market. So the two markets, new build and replacement, remained more or less separate.
However, a change in the Building Regulations in 1990 at last made double glazing mandatory in new builds and extensions and much of the cost advantage enjoyed by the timber window suppliers vanished overnight. For the timber window manufacturers, it got worse still. It turned out that fitting double-glazed sealed units into bare frames on site was a distinctly hit or miss affair and soon the NHBC, the housebuilders’ main warranty provider, was swamped with complaints from angry new home buyers about their windows misting up, only to find out that the NHBC warranty didn't even cover glazing defects. Ouch.
Not surprisingly, the major house builders abandoned timber and switched en masse to pre-glazed plastic windows. It was a move many of their customers approved of in any event, as they liked the idea of maintenance free windows. Manufacturers such as Speedframe then set up shop to cater for this new market and started to make plastic windows in long production runs, designed to slot into the standard opening sizes beloved of the UK house building industry.

But all was not lost for timber windows. In 1998, the NHBC at last brought glazing failures within their warranty scheme, but with some very strict conditions. No longer would they tolerate sloppy glazing-off-a-ladder-withsome- putty stuff, but insisted that glazing should be housed correctly in the frame and that the bottom rail should be drained and vented, to avoid moisture build-up. By far the easiest way to do this was to glaze in the factory, not on site, and this was the catalyst to change the way timber windows were supplied.
You can still build timber window frames in the old manner, but it’s not to be recommended. As Keith Topliss of Howarth Timber Windows says, “90% of the problems we have with glazing units stem from the 10% of our market that still uses on-site glaziers. Misting up on factory-glazed windows is now so rare that it’s virtually a thing of the past.” So rather than having two different window industries, as we did in the 1980s, we now tend to have all windows supplied the same way.
However, factory glazing is still not without its issues. The product is essentially pre-finished before it arrives on site and so is liable to damage in transit, as well as during and after fitting. It makes sense, therefore, to fit the windows in as late as possible in the build programme, ideally after the external cladding is complete. This has led to the use of various sub-frames which are built into the wall and act as housing for the windows, often allowing them to be fitted from the inside.
So bear in mind that there is a lot more to it than choice of material. Ask questions about how the windows are fitted into your walling system, and at what stage they are best fitted. Do they use proprietary sub-frames and if so are they compatible with your build methods? Generally made-to-measure windows are between 20-30% more expensive than ones made for standard British openings. As a rule, imported windows have to be made to measure for the UK market.
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hi guys. I just bought a flat, will have to replace windows in next months. Just starting looking on web for some supplier, having no idea what is good quality, what not. any recommended brand?
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Old 15-02-2012, 09:06 AM
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I've fitted and lived with both wooden and plastic windows.

Relative to the look/design of the property I'd go for wood every time.

It may be higher maintenance but plastic windows/doors in a traditional property look #!#!. and certainly devalue the house.

If wood is properly maintained it can last several lifetimes.

You're living there, so go with your gut feeling. By the way have you seen any plastic in your favorite colour ????

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Old 29-02-2012, 11:16 AM
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Timber windows are becoming an ever preferred choice for replacement windows when undertaking restoration projects. The aesthetic properties of timber windows are unequaled by pvc windows. Due to their normal appearance and the materials used, planning committees like timber windows to be started in places of architectural interest. Together with plenty of other heritage styles, the conventional sash sliding timber window is still made today. One of the advantages of timber windows are they can be totally customized letting them mix in with old products. This makes them the ideal choice for both extensions and replacement windows. Locking mechanisms, fasteners, handles and restrictors can all be supplied to match the type of window. They're a solid investment choice because they will be able to be much more simply fixed than pvc, and as a consequence will have a much longer life - presuming they're looked after in an appropriate way. Timber is a classic example of tolerable and reusable materiel requiring terribly low energy usage to process, and is thermally efficient in use.
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Old 20-03-2012, 05:02 PM
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Benefits of uPVC:
Cost effective (Only needs to be replaced if broken)
Low maintenance (Never rots, flakes, rusts or fades)
Security (uPVC offers almost the same protection as aluminium due to its robust frame)
Aesthetics (Recently companies have started styling this unattractive white plastic to improve its aesthetics as well as offering different coloured versions)

Benefits of Wooden Frames:
Aesthetics (Wooden frames can be tailored to customer specifics and will always look a fine quality)
Environment (Wood as I'm sure you know is a renewable source whereas other windows use a lot of fossil fuels during production)

The type of frame you choose is completely up to you. If you're going for a quality look and a warm feel go for the wooden frames but yes they do need maintenance such as repainting every 5 years. If you're going for a secure low maintenance frame I suggest the uPVC frames due to their little or no maintenance and robust frames. I hope this information helps!
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Old 29-05-2012, 09:12 AM
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Go with what your heart says, go for the wooden windows. It is traditional but it is also much durable too.
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