Did you know that your choice of window frames could directly affect the health of our planet?
This may sound like a tall claim, but according to a report by Green Peace, windows made from unplasticised polyvinyl chloride (PVC-u) have a pretty damaging effect on the environment die to the harsh chemicals used when they are manufactured. In fact, many of these chemicals are actually the subject of international conventions to ban them!
With this in mind, it seems that choosing wood over PVC-u is definitely the more environmentally responsible choice when replacing your windows or doors. After all, timber is a natural and sustainable resource, whereas the production and disposal of PVC-u windows leads to the release of highly poisonous chemicals which threaten both environmental and human health.
Why Choose Wooden Windows over PVC-u
While there is a lot of marketing ‘spin’ advocating for PVC-u windows, the claims made aren’t necessarily true. Many people may be under the impression that PVC-u windows require less maintenance than wooden ones, or indeed that they in fact last longer.
This isn’t actually the case. With timber finishing products becoming more and more sophisticated, the reality is that wooden windows can actually have a longer life than PVC-u windows, not to mention requiring a lot less maintenance. Modern wood waterproofing and finishing treatments are sophisticated enough now that sights like peeling and blistering paint is a thing of the past.
Also, while the initial cost of installing PVC-u windows may be cheaper than opting for wood initially, the required maintenance for PVC-u could end up costing much more than wood throughout the life of the product. This is worth thinking about if you’re likely to let initial cost be the deciding factor when replacing your windows or doors.
We believe that opting for original timber windows over PVC-u is not only the responsible choice, but the smart choice. Wooden windows are a better financial investment in the long run as they will remain thermally efficient and aesthetically pleasing for decades to come. And, of course, wooden windows and doors add value to your home!
Our modern wooden windows are made from sustainably sourced timber, of an exceptionally high standard and quality, and will last for decades.
Call us here at Oracle Window Solutions for more information on 01623 631 116