UPVC Sash Windows: Understanding the Cons

Are you considering replacing your original sash windows with uPVC sash windows? If you’re struggling to choose between restoration and replacement, you’re not alone.

However, it’s important to understand what the cons of uPVC sash windows are before you make your decision. In this post, we have put together a list of key points homeowners need to be aware of when considering uPVC sash windows.


Life with uPVC

With wooden sash windows, one of the big benefits is their aesthetic appeal. They look fantastic in period homes and are a key feature wherever they’re installed. Take the wood out of the equation, and you instantly lose some visual appeal. Sash windows made from uPVC lack character. Not only do they look out of place because of the material used to make them, but with limited colours of uPVC generally available, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get exactly what you’re looking for.

The reputation of uPVC sash windows is hardly glowing in terms of longevity either. Over time, their frames become discoloured and can be ruptured by too much heat. In fact, their lifespan is estimated to be as little as 10-15 years, with maintenance requiring some specialist knowledge.

A further problem comes when the windows break because they’re not easily repaired. Individual parts of uPVC sash windows are tricky to replace. This means if one element breaks, you will often have to have the whole window replaced, rather than just a small repair.


Environmentally poor

Let’s not forget the environment. A Greenpeace report states that uPVC windows can “seriously affect the health of our planet”. Their “quick-fix” installation is resulting in the unnecessary disposal of too many wooden windows. They also release highly poisonous chemicals in both their production and disposal. Timber windows require far fewer non-renewable resources for production. As long as the timber is sustainably sourced, Greenpeace says wooden windows are the best choice for the environment by far.

The dangerous chemicals used to produce uPVC come back into play in the unfortunate event of a fire. If your house catches fire, uPVC windows are the worst thing you want around. The chemicals released will be the same dangerous pollutants that make disposal problematic. When inhaled by humans they can be highly toxic.


The best course of action

It’s clear that uPVC’s problems can’t be brushed under the carpet. If you’re getting windows installed, it’s worth investing in proper wooden sash windows. And if your wooden sash windows have become damaged in any way, a simple restoration by qualified professionals is the perfect solution.


Restore your original wooden sash windows

At Fortis & Hooke, we offer a range of services for restoring wooden sash windows to their former glory. With draught-proofing and double-glazing services available, we can make sure your sash windows are fully modernised. And because we believe in protecting the environment, our hardwood is sourced from sustainable resources.

For more information on any of our repair and restoration services, email info@fortishooke.co.uk or call 0800 313 4688. Alternatively, you can get a get a free, no obligation survey and detailed quote by completing our online contact form.