When it comes to choosing any type of window or door, but especially when buying sash windows for your home, one of the big decisions you will need to make is whether you want modern PVC or traditional looking timber frames. Although timber is a traditional material, don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to endure low quality, cold windows, either. Not only do they have a truly authentic and stunning look that cannot be replicated in PVC or even composite, but modern materials and manufacturing techniques also mean that they are high quality, durable, and they offer warmth and energy efficiency for your home.

Energy Efficiency

One of the reasons that many people shy away from the purchase of timber frame windows and doors is because of the misconception that they are less efficient than PVC. In truth, by ensuring that you choose good quality glazing and ensure that the installation company fit the windows well, you can enjoy exceptional levels of energy efficiency. Heat will not be allowed to escape through the windows, and cold air will be prevented from getting in. This means saving money on your energy bills, but it also means that you will waste less energy in heating and other bills.

Carbon Footprint

Energy efficiency means that you will spend less on your energy bills, but this isn’t all. It also means that you use less energy. All of us are encouraged to do more to reduce our carbon footprint, and not only have timber frames been shown to be carbon neutral but you may actually have a positive carbon impact because of the efficiency of the windows, the 60+ year lifespan of the frames, and the fact that the wood can be recycled when the windows reach the end of their useful life.

Repairs And Maintenance

Another reason that people tend to choose PVC is because they are told that PVC requires less maintenance, and this is certainly true, but it isn’t always a positive factor. In fact, if PVC frames start to look jaded or discoloured after a few years, there is very little that you can do to refresh their look. Cleaning them might remove dirt, but you can’t paint PVC frames. The maintenance that is required to update timber frames, on the other hand, may mean that they need cleaning and painting every year or two, but it also means that the frames will look as good as new, and that small repairs can also be made.


PVC windows are a relatively new invention, having been introduced in the late 20th Century. If you are looking for authenticity and create an attractive exterior and interior for your home, then this is not the best material you can choose. Timber has been used for centuries, and while it may have fallen out of favour when PVC became the material of choice, it is becoming a popular option once again.

The Original Box Sash Windows Company manufactures and installs high quality, attractive, and durable timber frame sash windows. Give your property a period look while enjoying increased energy efficiency and potentially reduce your energy bills.