When you’re carrying out improvements on your home, there are a lot of decisions to make – some aesthetic, some functional. And, after months of work, it can be tempting to rush a few of them, just to move the project along. One decision that shouldn’t be rushed, though, is which material to choose for your window frames. Whether you’ve always dreamt of a traditional home with timber windows, or you want a contemporary look with uPVC frames, ensuring that you choose the most suitable material for your home is key – not just for the aesthetics, but for practical reasons as well. Here is some guidance to help you decide.

Choosing timber or uPVC window framesTimber frames

When you think of a beautiful, rustic, country cottage, you probably imagine it with stunning old timber windows and big bronze handles. Timber certainly has a traditional charm that makes it desirable for many homeowners. The main issue with timber is that, if it’s not properly looked after (i.e. treated regularly), it can start to swell, crack and rot – resulting in the windows sticking and compromising your security, as well as draughts flowing into the room. If you are considering timber for your windows, just make sure you chat to a window expert about what’s involved in its upkeep, and determine whether you can manage that.

uPVC frames

If you’re looking for low-maintenance, secure and energy-efficient frames, then uPVC is the ideal choice. It is widely used in window frames across the UK, and is generally considered the ‘safe bet’ for new builds and refurbishments alike. It looks amazing, too – in fact, it can be finished with a wood grain effect so that, if you did have your heart set on timber, you could achieve a look that’s just as authentic. As well as the wood grain effects, uPVC can be customised in a wide range of colours, including metallics, to suit your preferred style.

Residence 9 frames

If you really don’t want to compromise on having the authentic look of timber throughout your property, then you could opt for Residence 9. This uPVC window system is an amazing timber imitation. In fact, it looks so authentic that local planning authorities usually accept it for the like-for-like replacement they require when work is being done to period properties or homes in conservation areas. So, if you think that you’re going to need planning permission to update the windows in your home, beautiful Residence 9 windows are your best bet.

Here at Hamilton Windows, we have a stunning range of uPVC and Residence 9 windows to choose from. So, whether you’re looking for a contemporary or traditional style for your home in Hook,Thames Ditton or Worcester Park, contact us today. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation for your windows.