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Rotten wooden windows- would you repair or go uPVC?

(23 Posts)
shoom Tue 04-Feb-14 21:48:38

The house style is modern, brick with standard (not sash) windows. WWYD?

Preciousbane Tue 04-Feb-14 22:25:35

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TypicaLibra Tue 04-Feb-14 22:28:24

UPVC definitely. Don't need any maintenance plus much cheaper outlay.

FootieOnTheTelly Tue 04-Feb-14 22:35:34

Upvc - a good quality, slimline version.

snowgirl1 Tue 04-Feb-14 23:13:43

Modern house you say? UPVC.

HauntedNoddyCar Tue 04-Feb-14 23:15:52

We're in exactly the same position. The guy we used before is coming on Saturday to quote for uPVC.

intheround Tue 04-Feb-14 23:21:04

I hated uPVC until our builder recommended them. What a difference! One side of our house gets all the weather and now we haven't got the nightmare of painting them every few years. The wood effect looks natural and our oil consumption has dropped as they are so energy efficient. They have a heat trapping system which lets the warmth of the sun in but not back out.

Longdistance Tue 04-Feb-14 23:27:37

Upvc. We have wooden windows, but my tight arse of a h won't change them. They're fucking awful as I can feel a draft. We live on a flight path as well ffs. You'd think he'd want to change them confused

shoom Wed 05-Feb-14 00:22:23

Unanimous! Another decision taken care of, thank you.

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 05-Feb-14 00:47:48

Just to throw a spanner in the works - I really regret replacing our rotten old sash windows with UPVC as since I've had them I get black mould on the frames and underneath the windows caused by condensation as they don't let the brickwork breath properly.

They are much easier to look after but if I could turn the clock back 8 years I'd save uo and go for wooden sashes to replace.

Applefallingfromthetree2 Wed 05-Feb-14 03:40:38

UPVC on a modern house, although good quality with thinner frames-thick frames look awful. The problem with wooden windows on modern houses is that generally softwood was used and therefore not worth repairing.

Hardwood is different and UPVC on Victorian houses looks awful IMO.Also don't think UPVC will be maintenance freeing he long term, they are now selling brightening paint for the yellowing that occurs over time.

Preciousbane Wed 05-Feb-14 08:25:04

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If the property has character and timber windows would add value then go for timber.

However, UPVc is cheaper and easier to fit!

smile

soft wood window frames?? hmm

mousmous Wed 05-Feb-14 16:36:57

upvc
neighbours only got wooden sash a couple of years ago and already they look like shit need treatment.

Viviennemary Wed 05-Feb-14 16:43:21

Unless it's a period property then absolutely UPVC every time. We've now replaced all our wooden window frames. No more painting and looking at flaking paint. Much better.

shoom Wed 05-Feb-14 18:55:55

Thanks, from what I've seen online, an old house with original wooden windows is more likely to be worth persevering with than a new house with wooden windows, due to inferior wood being used nowadays.

FootieOnTheTelly Wed 05-Feb-14 19:18:40

I like aluminium windows for a sleek modern look with minimal sight lines. I have them in my 1960's house - they make the house look very contemporary. The are a bit pricey though.

specialsubject Wed 05-Feb-14 19:29:36

had ali-framed DG in last place. Looks good as frames are thinner - but not as warm.

decent DG should let a place breathe, combined with good housekeeping of course.

lovemyscarf Wed 05-Feb-14 22:08:11

I'll throw another spanner in the works for you, read this , Accoya is the way forward!

shoom Wed 05-Feb-14 22:14:47

I need an accoya fence and gate!

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 05-Feb-14 22:32:46

Preciousbane - they're open all day at weekends but hardly ever in the week during the winter, when the heating's on, so it's very warm inside. I just never had this problem when I had rattly, drafty lovely wooden sashes.

Preciousbane Thu 06-Feb-14 08:56:03

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