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Wooden Windows and Doors vs UPVC

One aspect of your loft conversion that you may not have thought about is whether to choose UPVC windows and doors, or instead go for the wooden option. When it comes to a loft conversion, it’s important to know the differences, and consider what will work best for your new space. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each option to try to ascertain the best choice.

What are the downsides of using wooden doors and windows in a loft conversion?

You may feel that wooden doors and windows will be more in-keeping with the overall look of your property. However, in our experience, they are not always the most suitable option for a loft conversion, especially when compared with a UPVC door or window.

Firstly, wooden doors are usually designed to open outwards. This is to allow the door to create a seal against the frame to prevent water ingress into the house.

With a loft conversion, an outwards opening door, for example on a loft conversion balcony, isn’t allowed. Indeed, local authority regulations state that French doors on a loft conversion have to open inwards, making wooden doors unsuitable.

Wooden doors and windows also require more maintenance than UPVC windows and doors, especially when exposed to the elements. With a loft conversion, windows and doors are often exposed more than those on lower floors.

Wooden windows and doors will need to be regularly repainted, not just to keep them looking their best, but to also ensure they do not become weather beaten. Without proper maintenance, wooden doors and windows can be prone to rotting and shrinkage, which can lead to draughts.

What are the benefits of UPVC windows and doors for loft conversions?

UPVC windows and doors do not require the same level of maintenance as wooden doors. This makes them perfect for loft conversions, where they are usually exposed to the elements due to the elevated height of the roof space.

UPVC windows are usually budget-friendly, and require very little maintenance. They also offer a clean look to a new space.

Most importantly, they are leak-free and draught-free, with specifically designed drainage points and sealing systems. They’re also more energy efficient than the wooden alternative.

When considering your options for loft conversion windows, you’ll find that UPVC can be used for the likes of skylights, dormer windows, French doors or bi-fold doors. In other words, UPVC windows and doors are versatile and offer something to suit everyone and every space.

Are there any downsides to UPVC windows or a UPVC door?

When it comes to the downsides of a UPVC door or window, some people say that there isn’t as much choice with UPVC. Because of the limitations of the polymer, designs can be limited.

That said, nowadays UPVC windows and doors are available in a huge range of colours and styles, and there is even a wood grain effect option available if you want the look of wood without the maintenance.

Most homeowners find that a UPVC door or window frame will last approximately 15 to 20 years before some yellowing or deterioration takes place, so it’s worth factoring this in to any future budgeting.

Weighing up the pros and cons of wooden vs UPVC windows and doors for your loft conversion? Talk to Bespoke Lofts about your options.

If you’re ready to convert your loft and want to know more about the window and door options available to you, get in touch with Bespoke Lofts for tailored advice.

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