uPVC was introduced as a superior alternative to tired timber windows due to their low maintenance and high efficiency properties. Sometimes though they don’t suit every property, but don’t worry, there are alternatives…
Are there cost-effective alternatives to uPVC windows?
uPVC is the most popular type of material used in windows in the UK. Affordable, versatile and energy efficient, it’s no surprise uPVC windows are one of the home improvement industry’s most popular products. That said, many people with older, traditional style homes are naturally a bit wary when it comes to installing uPVC windows in their property. They question whether the modern material will suit the aesthetic of their home. They often find themselves wondering if there is an affordable alternative to uPVC windows. One that will still provide all of the benefits but won’t detract from the period appearance of their home. The answer is yes: timber alternative windows.
Timber alternative windows: modern performance, heritage looks
Timber alternative windows have the increased stability and looks of authentic wooden windows. This is achieved using a combination of traditional woodworking techniques such as mechanical jointing, and wood effect foils. All this while still maintaining the superb thermal and acoustic insulation provided by modern uPVC equivalents. Here are some of the benefits of timber effect windows.
The benefits of timber effect windows
- They’re easy to clean and won’t fade, rot or warp
- They’re indistinguishable from real timber so fit perfectly in period and traditional homes
- They offer the A rated insulating performance of uPVC to give you a comfortable and efficient home
- They’re much more affordable than real timber
Timber effect windows are easy to maintain
Timber effect windows are incredibly easy to maintain. Unlike real wooden windows they don’t require regular coats of paint and varnish to be kept weatherproof and working well. Saving you time and effort, timber effect windows just need to be cleaned occasionally. They don’t need any additional finishing to be kept in good condition. If you want a window with the looks of timber, but the reduced maintenance of uPVC windows, a timber effect window could be for you.
Timber effect windows are available in a range of colours and finishes
The amount of colour options and foil finishes available for timber effect windows is truly staggering. There are hundreds to choose from so you can achieve better customisation over the aesthetic of your property. Woodgrain foils capture the unique texture of particular timber species and help to improve the authenticity of the overall window. Popular colours and woodgrains include; Rosewood, Golden Oak and Mahogany. Whatever the style of your home, you’re sure to be able to find a matching woodgrain foil in our extensive range.
Timber effect windows are affordable
The sheer price of real timber windows often puts them out reach for many homeowners looking to renovate their property. Timber effect windows provide modern performance with heritage aesthetics: all at a very affordable and reasonable price. Our timber effect windows are some of the most competitively priced you’ll find in London.
Aluminium windows: the ultramodern choice
In recent years, another alternative to uPVC has become popular again. Forget the draughty metal windows of the past; aluminium windows offer the modern look with modern performance. Incredibly strong yet flexible, aluminium windows can be made in a variety of shapes and bespoke designs. No need to compromise on style while still providing protection against the elements and intrusion.
The benefits of aluminium windows
- A rated energy efficiency for a warmer home and lower bills
- Slim sightlines which gives your home a modern look that can be customised
- Weather and rust resistant with minimal care needed
- PAS24 accreditation available for peace of mind
Aluminium windows are inherently insulating
Aluminium is a naturally insulating material that will keep your home warm. With a multi-chambered profile that prevents heat from leaving, your home will be comfortable all year round. This makes your energy bills low as well as reduces your carbon footprint. This superior insulation will also keep your home peaceful as will reduce any unwanted noise so they’re perfect if you live near a busy road.
Aluminium windows are extremely attractive
For those who love the modern look for their home, aluminium windows are perfect. With slim sightlines, you get more views and less frame. Aluminium is extremely strong which means it can handle large glass panes using less frame. This makes it the perfect window material for you to admire your beautiful views and garden.
Aluminium is environmentally friendly
As well reducing your home’s impact on the environment, aluminium is one of the most environmentally friendly materials used for home improvements. Where possible, our aluminium windows are made of recycled materials. In the majority of cases, aluminium is 100% recyclable so once it’s come to the end of its life as a window, it can be used for something else. There’s no limit to how many times aluminium can be recycled and reused.
Enhance the appearance of your home with timber effect or aluminium windows from Dolphin. Get in touch today to find the right windows for your home.