Wooden windows have multiple benefits. If they are looked after with regular cleaning and maintenance, they can last for decades. Some homes have not needed to replace their windows for almost a century!
Unfortunately, there will come a time when they will eventually need replacing due to age, weather or lack of maintenance. In this article, we’ll explain when to replace wooden windows and what you can replace them with.
You may be wondering how long does wooden double glazing last, and it might surprise you to know that if they are installed correctly and regularly maintained, wooden windows can last at least 60 years. This depends on the location of the window and how much sunlight they get.
Even if you can’t see any obvious signs of damage, your older wooden windows may be affecting the energy performance of your entire house.
With less energy efficiency comes higher utility bills if your central heating system is working harder to compensate for heat escaping and moisture coming inside.
Sealed window units are much easier to remove if the softwood can be easily pushed back, or locks or hinges can be broken if the surrounding wood is decaying.
Once your windows start failing, sound insulation can be compromised, meaning that traffic or voices outside might suddenly become louder inside your home.
A better aesthetic
Although you can fix and paint wooden windows, it can be difficult to get them looking as good as new. You can make your home a lot more attractive and appealing with replacement UPVC windows.
It’s always a good idea to invest in your property even if you’re not planning to move. New windows can increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell.
The good news is that you can replace wooden windows with UPVC and still retain the character of your home. As UPVC is available in a wide range of finishes, you should be able to find a frame that is similar to your current style of window. Many new windows have original features such as Georgian bars, to help retain exactly the same style of window. Most of the time, it’s hard to tell the difference between your new windows and a wooden frame, have a look at our period home options to see for yourself.
And of course, your home will be more energy efficient, have less outside noise and be more secure.
There are around 9,000 local authority-designated conservation areas across the UK including residential streets, rural belts and historic town centres, and developments on them can be limited.
The local authority can deem that changing windows will impact on a conservation area’s individual character, such as your home’s appearance being inconsistent with the rest of the houses in the street.
Thankfully, uPVC windows comply with Article 4 of the Permitted Development Rights Act. This covers window dimensions and appearance instead of the type of material they’re made from, meaning that uPVC windows have been installed in conservation areas throughout the country. Check with your local authority if you’re unsure.
You may also need to check with your local authority if you need planning permission to replace wooden windows in a conservation area or in a listed building. Generally, you can proceed as long as the appearance is not considerably different from the original design and the new windows will be more energy efficient.
UPVC windows are no longer just available in white, there are now options of alternative colours, shapes, styles and imitation effects such as wood grain.
Unlike wooden windows which require sanding, varnishing and repainting, uPVC windows can last for decades, only requiring a wipe down with soapy water to prevent staining and to remove dirt.
Reduced heat loss and energy bills
UPVC is a low conductor of heat, so if fitted correctly, you could reduce heat loss considerably, meaning lower heating bills.
UPVC windows are available in a ‘tilt and turn‘ configuration which can open in two separate directions to provide draft-free ventilation.
UPVC works in combination with double glazed window panels to help decrease the amount of external noise by up 50% compared to wooden frames.
UPVC windows have a lifespan ranging between 40-80 years and are made from mostly recyclable materials that can be reused for other products such as pipes, plumbing fittings and more.
The ultra-light but sturdy frame of UPVC in conjunction with various locking combinations and double glazed glass will deter intruders.
UPVC windows do not react with air, water and the natural elements, meaning a longer life span.
If you want to preserve the existing stained glass in your original period windows, we can extract it and use the glass to embellish your new piece. This means you can keep your original period style with all the benefits of a new feature.
We would advise that you replace all your wooden windows at once, if you can afford it, to save time, stress and paperwork.
We have over 40 years’ experience of providing quality windows, doors and conservatories and our A-rated windows are accredited by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) for their energy efficiency. We offer a wide range of styles and a 10 year guarantee on all products manufactured and installed by us.
If you have any additional questions about replacing or restoring your wooden windows, we’d love to help. Get in touch to speak to our team.