Oak vs uPVC
Apr 23, 2014
We're often asked why we have focused on using oak in our window design, when uPVC has become the nation's preferred material for window frame design. So we thought we would give you a little break down of the differences in order to understand why we love and champion oak so strongly.
- A sustainable, green material
- Extremely resistant to insect and fungal attack
- Excellent strength and hardness
- Intricate and stunning aesthetic appeal from naturally grown wood, available in a wealth of designs.
- Easy to work with
- Easily recyclable
- Easy to mass produce
- Weather proof, and resistant to damp
- Very durable and unlikely to corrode or need replacing
- More expensive due to the initial costs, but over the longer lifespan of the oak windows it is cheaper.
- More labour intensive to produce finished products
- Can require maintenance
- Its production causes a great deal of toxic bi-products
- uPVC is created using unsustainable resources
- Will discolour overtime
- Difficult to un-install and recycle
- Poor aesthetic appeal and limited designs available
Whilst you will find many resources claiming that the problems with using oak are manifold and include the wood warping, or movement across the grain (swelling) and cracking, these issues rarely occur in modern window design. Through the use of multilayered hardwood and extended-life finishes, those concerns can be allayed.
Fundamentally the difference comes down to price – with oak windows you are paying for a highly tailored, beautiful product that will not only safeguard against weather and reduce costs in heating, but do it in style. With uPVC you are paying less for window frames that will work, but also for a product that is harmful to the environment, unsustainable and quite frankly unappealing.