Research finds timber windows last at least twice as long as PVC-u

A recent report by Dr Gillian Menzies, of the Institute for Building and Urban Design at Heriot Watt University has concluded that the lifespan of timber windows is at least twice that of their PVC-u counterparts.

The study was undertaken for the Wood Window Alliance (WWA) and tested timber-based and PVC-u window frames across 10 impact factors. The timber windows were all manufactured to WWA standards and were tested across a range of conditions from mild to severe.

When timber windows were tested in moderate conditions they had an expected lifespan of over 60 years. This was in direct comparison to just 30 years for PVC-u windows in the same conditions.

“Research from respected sources such as this are really important for consumers and help them make the best purchase decision for their situation.” commented Danny Hughes, managing director of timber window manufacturer and Wood Window Alliance Member, Allan Brothers.

He went on to add, “As a member of the Wood Window Alliance it is reassuring to have such strong evidence showing the benefits of manufacturing timber windows to such a high standard.”

For more information see the benefits of timber windows infographic on the Allan Brothers website or the full Whole Life Analysis report on the Wood Window Alliance website.

Press release distributed by Home Strategic on behalf of Allan Brothers. For interviews, information or updates contact James Qualtrough on 44 (0) 1624 610121 or visit the Allan Brothers website at www.allanbrothers.co.uk.

Founded by William Allan in 1811, Allan Brothers is Britain's longest established joinery specialist. Over the last 200 years, we've amassed a wealth of knowledge in working with timber and developed an enviable reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service.

Allan Brothers strives to be at the forefront of the timber window and door industry, developing high-performance products that offer style, security and performance without making a negative impact on the environment.

In 2007 we became part of the Inwido Group, Northern Europe's largest producer of innovative, environmentally friendly, wood-based window and door solutions.

The combination of 200 years of British craftsmanship with Scandinavian performance and design has created a range of timber products that will add value to your home for years to come.

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Founded by William Allan in 1811, Allan Brothers is Britain's longest established joinery specialist. Over the last 200 years, we've amassed a wealth of knowledge in working with timber and developed an enviable reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service. Allan Brothers strives to be at the forefront of the timber window and door industry, developing high-performance products that offer style, security and performance without making a negative impact on the environment. In 2007 we became part of the Inwido Group, Northern Europe's largest producer of innovative, environmentally friendly, wood-based window and door solutions. The combination of 200 years of British craftsmanship with Scandinavian performance and design has created a range of timber products that will add value to your home for years to come.

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A recent report by Dr Gillian Menzies, of the Institute for Building and Urban Design at Heriot Watt University has concluded that the lifespan of timber windows is at least twice that of their PVC-u counterparts.
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As a member of the Wood Window Alliance it is reassuring to have such strong evidence showing the benefits of manufacturing timber windows to such a high standard.
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