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Investing in New Windows: Wood or uPVC?

If your home needs new windows, then it can be hard to know which ones to choose and which ones are right for you and which ones to invest in.

And sadly, while the internet is full of conflicting advice, and too much information can be overwhelming, so much that you are left feeling no more ready to make a decision.

To help you work through the information and options available on the market, we have taken the two most popular types of windows and shared the facts you need to know when making a choice.

Read on, to find out whether you should pick wood or uPVC…


Tell Me About Wood Framed Windows

Wood-framed windows are a stylish choice that have been around for many years.

They provide durable results and come in a wide range of designs.

You can expect to choose between hard and softwood when purchasing, with softwood being more budget-friendly than longer-lasting hardwood.


Tell Me About uPVC Windows

uPVC is also known as rigid plastic and has become a popular choice for UK homeowners due to its low price and long life.

It is also the material that is recommended the most when installing new double glazing to a property.


The Pros and Cons of Wood Framed Windows

If you are keen to get wood-framed windows, then take a look at the pros and cons associated with them:


  • They have a natural look that elevates any property
  • They provide natural insulation, which will reduce your energy bills
  • They are an environmentally-friendly option as they are made from natural materials
  • They last for up to sixty years when maintained appropriately
  • They are secure and will increase the security of your home.


  • Wood-framed windows cost more upfront than uPVC – but they will last longer
  • Wood-framed windows require annual maintenance to keep them in great condition

The Pros and Cons of uPVC Windows

To help you work out if uPVC is the best choice, then we’ve shared the pros and cons for these below:


  • uPVC is cheap to install, resulting in a low-cost option for homeowners
  • uPVC is simple to maintain and needs to be wiped down to keep it in order without any other specialised treatments
  • uPVC is durable and will not rust or rot, nor will it let damp into your home
  • uPVC is secure when it comes with an added steel core – protecting your home from break-ins
  • uPVC double glazing offers excellent insulation so that your home can stay warm and peaceful


  • uPVC does not look as attractive as wood-framed windows
  • uPVC will need more regular replacement and will cost far more in the long run


How Much Do Wood Frame Windows & uPVC Windows Cost?

The only way to get an exact price for your new windows is to arrange a quote for the property you need new windows for.

However, we’ve shared some average prices per window below to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Casement windows – £200 – £900 (uPVC) £600 – £1500 (wood)
  • Sash windows – £700 – £1100 (uPVC) £1100 – £1900 (wood)


The Verdict – Should I Choose Wood or uPVC Windows?

It’s clear that if you are replacing any type of window on a budget, the uPVC is the clear winner as it is durable, affordable and comes in a range of design options.

However, if your budget can stretch that little bit further, then wood is the way to go as it is providing better security, efficiency and looks great!

Contact us today for a quote on your new windows.

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Secure Your Home with Ultion Door Locks

Here at Sovereign Home Improvements, we make it our mission to make your home as secure as possible.

We understand that sourcing the right equipment can be confusing, and knowing what items will add to your security, is an essential step in picking the right products.

This is why we are pleased to discuss with you Ultion Door Locks, a locking system that will reduce the vulnerability your door has when it comes to intruders.


How Safe Are Your Locks?

When it comes to breaking through an average door lock, a seasoned thief can manage it in less than ten seconds!

This is because once the handle is removed, they simply need to push the lock hard to open the door and gain access to your treasured possessions.

The other interesting part of this fact is that is can be done with very little noise, so that you may not even notice someone getting into your house before your possessions have been taken.


Ultion Offers the Security You Need

Thankfully the Ultion Door Locking system is not so easy to break through and will take a thief a lot of time to manage it.

This is because the lock is housed in an internal casing that is virtually impenetrable and will take a lot of effort and noise to get through.

The Ultion system is made up of different sections, including a self-sacrificing component that, when broken, leaves the lock in perfect condition.

Ultion has tested the lock with every type of equipment and is so confident that it works that they offer a 5 year and £2000 guarantee.


One Key for Every Door

Ultion is not just safe, they also work hard to make their systems as user-friendly as possible.

One way they do this is to offer you the option of having one key that will fit all your Ultion locks.

The great thing about this is that you no longer need to carry multiple keys, and you can install the same lock onto as many doors as you like across as many properties as you like.

To keep your keys safe, Ultion engraves a specific code onto your keys that they use to identify you so that you can call to arrange new locks or extra keys without having to give a third-party your key to copy.

The system they use has been designed with your security in mind and will give you the peace of mind you’ve been craving.


Let Sovereign Install Your Locks Today

If you love the idea of installing a Ultion lock and key system into your home, then call Sovereign Home today or complete the form on our contact us page.

Our dedicated team are ready to answer your questions and arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.

With Sovereign Home Improvements, you can look forward to feeling safe all the time.