One of the many decisions you’ll be faced with when building your new luxury home is the type of window frames to choose.

Timber has traditionally been used for many generations of home building, but aluminium windows have become extremely popular over the years. Then there’s uPVC window frames, or steel that can be considered as an alternative.

Which are the best windows for you and your building project, and what should you consider when making your well-informed decision?

Let’s start by looking at the pros and cons of the various considerations.

 Timber windows

  • Have been tried and tested over many generations of building.
  • Are aesthetically appealing, creating a warm, natural, luxurious look and feel.
  • Are available in several profiles and can be easily modified. Timber provides greater flexibility in profile sections available and can be easily shaped, moulded, or curved.
  • Can be left unfinished to weather naturally, be clear finished, stained or painted, but remember, how you finish your timber windows will impact on their weathering and durability.
  • You can change the finish/colour by simply repainting or staining to suit a new colour scheme.
  • Are made from a natural renewable material and as such are environmentally friendly.
  • Are available in several timber species and price ranges.
  • Resist cold bridging, making them thermally efficient, providing a high insulation value than metal with limited heat conductivity.
  • Timber stores atmospheric carbon.

Aluminium windows

  • Have a high level of durability but may be affected by salt corrosion.
  • Generally, require little maintenance.
  • Perform well considering strength, lightness, function, and longevity.
  • Can be made with a thermal break to improve thermal efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Are available in a wide range of powder coat finishes to compliment your colour scheme.
  • Difficult to successfully change their colour.
  • Can be anodised resulting in excellent corrosion resistance.
  • Are resistant to rodents, termites, and vermin.
  • Won’t rot and deteriorate like some timber species.
  • May be a more affordable option that timber.
  • Are made of a non-combustible material.

uPVC windows

  • Have a high level of resilience against weathering.
  • Will not be affected by salt corrosion. 
  • Require little maintenance. Usually require washing with soapy water periodically.
  • Light, assisting in installation, particularly with large frame sizes. 
  • Sustainable and eco-friendly.
  • Colour ranges can be restrictive.
  • May be a more expensive option.
  • Not as popular as timber or aluminium, creating a difference in appeal.
  • Are resistant to rodents, termites and vermin.

Steel windows

  • Generally, a much dearer option.
  • The strongest material.
  • Can be hot gipped galvanised for greater durability.
  • Elegant, providing an extremely up-market look and feel.
  • Can be Powder Coated for a great colour range.
  • Steel is the most re-cycled material in the world making a great green choice of product.
  • Are resistant to rodents, termites, and vermin.

If low maintenance is high on your list, then timber may not be a good choice. They do require regular maintenance that the other options don’t need.

There are also timber/aluminium combinations available just to make your decision harder!

At the end of the day, the decision will be yours to make. The right windows can add so much value, charm, and functionality to your home so it’s a decision that requires thought and consideration.

At Lincoln Homes, all our luxury homes are totally bespoke to individual needs and aspirations and therefore any style of window frame is available and duly considered.
Talk with us today about your designing and building your dream home.