Of course, some are a poor imitation with contemporary giveaway elements such as welded corners, modern black gaskets, frame colours and shiny silver spacer bars, to name a few. Others, however, are truly fantastic—with manufacturers producing exact replica features. For example, they might use traditional butt joints instead of welds, real white gaskets, spacer bars and a range of period colours and hardware.
So true to spec are these products, that many of these manufacturers have even achieved conservation approval from councils in and around London. Regardless of whether your property lies within a heritage-protected area in Surrey, or you have a contemporary home in North London, our approved installers will be able to assist.
A top brand timber lookalike uPVC flush casement or vertical sliding window typically costs approximately 20% - 50% less than best-quality timber, depending on the uPVC brand. In addition, it has the benefit of being zero maintenance, offers high security and delivers outstanding heat retention. uPVC casement windows also have a triple-glazed option with a U-value as low as 0.6.
The main disadvantage of uPVC is its 30-year shelf life, compared to engineered timber. By comparison, high-end timbers such as Accoya, engineered redwoods and hardwoods have a service life of 60 years or more.
We’ll point you in the right direction to ensure that your chosen brand is the right one.
Generally, we advise investing a little more now so as to avoid the pitfalls of cheaper brands down the track.
A ‘no-salesperson’, no-obligation emailed quote
A free home visit, if required (for those in London and Surrey)
CAD drawings with detailed specifications for each quoted product
Realistic before & after photo simulations, if required