A Comparison Between Different Window Materials for Your Replacement Project: Which is Best?
Most of us take great pains to ensure that our homes and properties are well taken care of, and it isn’t an easy matter if you have a period property or listed building. For instance, if your building’s fenestration needs replacement, you will have different material options available to you. It’s crucial to ensure, though, that the material you choose is the right fit for your building’s theme and character, as it can add (or detract) from the appeal and appearance of your property. But whilst there are various materials out there, which is best? Here’s a comparison between different window materials for your replacement project so you will have a better idea of which one to choose.
The Primary Benefits of Replacement
In some cases, replacement is a better option than repair, notably if the original windows of your property were already replaced with cheaper versions (and this was prevalent during the late 1900s). In replacement, you could add more value to your property, and it’s also a better alternative if your property was built after 1960, as many windows installed during this period were not of the best kind.
When it comes to replacement, it’s always better to replace your windows with like-for-like – which means you should replace them with windows in a similar style and design and material. But this will depend on what you are aiming for regarding your project. You should get consent, for example, if you use a different design or material.
Remember that window replacement will fall under Building Regulations, and to ensure the best replacement, your replacement windows should offer proper thermal performance and adhere to minimum standards on security. If you opt for double-glazed window products, they will often adhere to the standards.
Your Choice in Materials
Wood or timber is a standard option for different schemes, mainly when you’re dealing with conservation concerns or you have no limitations with your budget. Wood is innately charming, of course, and you can have it stained or painted; you can also opt for hardwood or softwood. Modern versions painted in the factory can last for six decades if you maintain them properly. It is also a good insulator. But timber can be expensive – the cost of a softwood unit (untreated) can set you back at least £200/sq. metre.
Metal windows – whether made from aluminium (powder-coated), bronze, or galvanised steel, have a very pleasing sightline, and have the narrowest sightlines compared to other materials. Since it has a narrow sightline, it’s often ideal for contemporary and traditional buildings, as Crittall replacement specialists like Metwin.co.uk attest. With this, you also have the added advantage of more natural light in your interior environment. Even though metal can also be expensive, it doesn’t require as much maintenance as wood, and the projected lifespan of such windows can extend to up to 45 years or more. Make sure, however, that you choose the right specialist and installer so you can be assured of the best value.
If you’re on a budget, PVCu may be a good choice. However, you have to ensure that the framing will fit well with your property if it is a historical or period property since it’s still a lower-quality match compared to aluminium or metal.
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