Wooden double glazed windows: the myths, debunked!

Traditional hardwood windows painted white

A far cry from the 19th century windows of old, today’s timber frames continue to be bettered and innovated upon by professionals, all to offer homeowners the best performance as well as function. That’s why we at Albion make no bones about what a delightful set of wooden double glazed windows can offer your property.

To prove it, we thought it best to debunk some of the silliest and most outlandish myths about them. You might find yourself surprised by what the facts show!

If chosen, will my wooden window frames rot over time?

One of the most common, but outright absurd urban myths about wooden windows is that they are excessively prone to rot, due to poor water resistance in the event of harsh rainfall. Today, this simply isn’t true. Wooden double glazed windows actually have a lifespan of around 60 years on average, rendering them just as much of a smart investment as uPVC windows.

It’s also easier for timber windows to be refreshed, thanks to the advent of re-varnishing and repainting which, while not necessary, has been proven to further extend the life of the frames. In some cases, wooden windows that have been exceptionally maintained have been known to last up to 100 years impressively.


Are wooden double glazed windows too expensive compared to uPVC?

In comparison to uPVC, wooden windows were continually thought of as a luxury product. The fact of the matter is that throughout the Edwardian and Victorian period, every home was graced with timber windows, and it’s only since the uPVC boom of the 1980s that this impression has surfaced. Wooden windows have come very far since their historical popularity, but timber is relatively affordable when weighing up the various aesthetic and practical benefits they offer.

Windows engineered and fitted using timber have quickly become a much sought-after feature for many modern homeowners. Once installed, this has allowed the value of stunning wooden windows to actually add to the overall monetary value of the home. A potential perk worth considering if you can see yourself selling up some time in the future.

Isn’t wood a poor insulator?

Here’s a myth that continues to baffle us. While it’s true that aluminium and uPVC window frames incorporate such elements as thermal breaks and internal multi-chambers to better retain heat in the home, wooden windows insulate naturally – therefore, don’t require such an extra level of design. Simply put, timber doesn’t just evoke a sense of warmth, but literally help keep you warm. Especially, if double glazed.

Timber windows from Albion that keep the home fighting fit.

Hopefully that’s help dispel a few of the most common misconceptions about wooden windows. If you’d like to learn more about what they can offer your home, give our team a call today on 0208 462 2201 or send us an online message today.

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