Wood grain effect vs real timber windows

New windows can make a huge difference in the appearance and feel of a home. Wooden windows are a beautiful and luxurious look that may compliment your home’s environment. Real timber is good-looking but requires a lot of attention.

uPVC has fast become a favourite with many homeowners and comes with colours such as English Oak and Rosewood. Which is best for your home?

R9 Timber effect


Timber windows are at risk of rot and attack from insects, such as termites, eating the wood. Sea air, harsh sun and frequent rain increase the risk of chipping or rot in the wood. A coat of treatment needs to be applied to the windows at least every 6 months to prevent damage to the frame.

uPVC doesn’t require the level of maintenance that timber windows do. They’re durable and provide good protection from the elements that could contribute to the downfall of timber windows. uPVC frames need a quick clean with warm water and liquid detergent every few months.

Cost and efficiency

Besides the ongoing maintenance cost, timber windows are more expensive than uPVC in general. Timber effect uPVC is often indistinguishable from timber without the expensive price tag and difficult maintenance routine.

Both timber and uPVC achieve a high energy rating. This will protect your home from the elements and save you money on your energy bills.


Timber windows will always be a very popular choice to complete the look of a home. However, gone of the days of white being the only option for uPVC. uPVC is available in several timber effect colours to make it look like the real deal.

Appearance is largely down to personal preference. However, with the new choice of colours uPVC windows are available in, most people would struggle to tell the difference between uPVC and the real thing.

Timber effect windows you’ll love

We offer a wide range of timber effect windows. We offer these windows in a variety of colours to match your home’s style while being kind to your wallet.

Have a look at our showroom in Plymouth to see our vast selection of beautifully designed windows and doors. Alternatively, contact us online to see what we can do for you and your home today. Specific areas we serve include Plymouth, Exeter, Okehampton, Launceston, Kingsbridge, Looe, Wembury, Salcombe, Noss Mayo, Paignton and Torquay.