Whether you’re looking to sell your home or make an investment for the future you can add value and character by replacing your windows. But with so many different types of window out there it can be difficult to know what’s right for your home. Take a look at our guide to different types of windows so you can pick the ones that will perfectly suit your home.
The Three Main Types of Window Frame
The most commonly used types of window frame are wooden, UPVC and composite. Each type of window frame has its pros and cons.
Although block wooden frames are not as effective an insulator as UPVC or composite, you can find lots of alternatives like timber casement windows which can include extra insulation within the window as well as special coatings that will make them more weather resistant and require less maintenance.
If you have a period home then wooden frames can really add to the feeling of character and often blend in far more successfully than UPVC or composite windows.
UPVC is a great insulator and most people agree that this is the material that will keep heat in your home most effectively. However, less expensive versions of UPVC windows can often look cheap and detract from the look of your home and in period properties they can often put potential buyers off.
However, UPVC is long lasting, easy to maintain and there are lots of UPVC windows that are designed to look like wood and they’re generally quite effective, but a lot more expensive than a basic frame.
If you like your home to stand out from the crowd you could choose coloured frames, but these usually need to be made to order and can cost a considerable amount.
Composite windows are generally made of pressed wood and are more effective at insulating than ordinary wood. When you choose composite windows you get a lot of choice as to how the finish looks and can choose more unusual designs that will add a unique feature to your home.
Composite windows can also include a cavity that can be filled with insulation materials to further enhance the frames thermal properties. This type of frame also requires less maintenance than traditional wood but more than UPVC.