Replacement Sash Windows

One of the most common questions asked about replacement sash windows is which is better: wood or uPVC? When presented with the two options many people choose uPVC because it is cheaper than wood. It is important to know the pros and cons of both before you make a decision. You may find that spending the extra money on wooden replacement sash windows makes sense.

Let us start by looking at costs. A replacement uPVC sash window will cost you about £750, while a wooden one of the same size will cost £1400. This is a massive difference in price – you pay almost double for a wooden window. The reason why wood is much more expensive is because uPVC is easy to produce and it can be manufactured in a small fraction of the time that it takes to grow a tree. You can settle for the halfway option of engineered wood. This is wood that has been recycled and some people choose it because it is more environmentally friendly.

The other difference between wood and uPVC is lifespan. Many people are replacing wooden sash windows today that were installed in the late 19th and early 20th century. This tells you that these windows can last for more than 100 years. That said, these frames have to be cared for to last that long. You have to make sure that they are painted and varnished at all times otherwise they will rot. uPVC windows usually come with a guarantee of about 10 years and you can expect them to last for as many as 35. During this time they will require very little maintenance – all you need to do is make sure that they are clean.

Whether you choose wood or uPVC we advise you to buy your replacement sash windows from Salmons Bros. Limited. They are a Cambridgeshire company, and you can find out more about them on their website,