Unlike a UPVC window, timber is a natural material which has evolved to withstand the test of time. Wooden sash windows last at least five times as long as their uPVC counterparts and with the correct maintenance have no life span limit at all, our restoration teams have restored timber sash windows up to around 110 years old! The durability traits of wooden sash windows make them far more cost-effective in the long run. Examples of research have shown that when considering the ‘whole life’ cost of windows, timber frames are shown to be up to 25% less expensive than plastic windows.
Because of the flexibility of timber manufacturing, we can work with you to find a design to perfectly fit the style of your home as well as being able to exactly replicate the windows already in your home all whilst taking advantage of modern glazing, finishes and hardware. A UPVC window, however, only has a limited amount of bulky designs which may not fit the style of all homes and are not able to have alterations to hardware and finish if desired in the future or be repaired in case of any damage.
Wooden windows have been named by Greenpeace and WWF as the most environmentally friendly material for your windows and are heavily endorsed by both organisations, if they are sustainably sourced, which all our timber is. According to WWF, the wooden window system generates 43% less waste than the UPVC window system. Working with double glazing for extra efficiency, timber frames themselves work as a natural insulator and can have an energy rating as high as an A.
About our materials:
At William Richards, we are aware of the environmental impact that may come with using timber for our products, which is why we carefully select responsible companies to supply all our timber. The wood we use is 100% FSC certified to contribute to environmental sustainability, as well as being Western European manufactured to ensure the smallest carbon footprint possible.
All our window furniture suppliers produce their products especially for timber sash window which make them the perfect supplier for William Richards. They supply a range of different finishes and styles of window furniture, from polished chrome to brass, so our customers are guaranteed to find the perfect style for them. It assures us that their products will look great alongside our windows.
If your home is a protected building, listed or situated in a conservation area, so cannot have double glazed sash windows we can restore their old ones to their former glory or manufacture new single glazed sash windows to meet the requirements of these homes. We work closely with Local Planning Authorities to ensure your new windows meet these planning standards.