How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home

With a huge range of options to pick from, choosing the right window for your home can be a tough, albeit necessary job. The high quality timber solutions available from leading manufacturer Jeld-Wen allow you to add character as well as providing a whole host of energy saving benefits. Jeld-Wen’s selection of windows will conserve and enhance the character of your home, so you don’t need to choose between form and function.

Combining timeless style with modern design, complimentary colour finishes and the best energy ratings, Jeld-Wen ensures that all types of home and window design requirements are catered for. From period properties, to country houses, to modern townhouses and everything between, Jeld-Wen windows are a perfect choice as they can provide a stunning finish as well as ultimate performance. They also have a fully made to measure service available, should you decide that you would prefer something truly unique for your home.


Timber Casement Windows

Choosing a style to suit your home – including conservation areas

Typically the style of the window will be chosen to match the period of the property, but this may be a regulatory requirement in a conservation area or when working with a listed building. It is, therefore, advisable to check for any design restrictions with your local council or planner before purchasing your replacement window. As more people refurbish, renovate or upgrade their homes, the choice to use timber windows helps preserve said character and to be sympathetic with the property’s surroundings.

The classic, flush-sash appearance of Jeld-Wen’s Elegance Flush Casement range is perfect for conservation projects where a traditional design is essential, but a contemporary twist is preferred. The benefits of the modern design of this window are the high specifications and energy performance ratings. Vertical sliding sash windows provide a traditional look for conservation or period properties, combining a timeless look with modern engineering. Jeld-Wen’s timber Sliding Sash window is available in a variety of popular designs including bars, shapes and bays to provide an authentic period look with all the advantages of modern engineering.

Timber Casement Windows

For those with modern homes wanting to create a more contemporary look, different glazing options can provide far greater design freedom. Larger panes, for instance, are a great way to maximise natural daylight. A number of different window bar options and finishes are a great way to experiment with the impact your window will have in your home. A stained finish in a classic colour can create a high quality, traditional look, whilst the same window in an on trend block colour, such as grey, will give a fresh, modern feel.

For a first class finish that will stand the test of time, Jeld-Wen’s Stormsure Oak Casement windows are a great choice to add character and provide superior performance. Stunning to look at, these windows are long lasting and are available in a variety of bar designs to suit your tastes.

Colour me beautiful

Timber windows are available in a wide variety of colour finish options so you can create the look you desire for your home and make as much of a style statement as you like. A key trend at present is for dual colour finishes; allowing you to choose one colour to match the décor inside your home and one that will suit the look of the building from the outside. This is a great way to really create something as unique as your home, being an especially attractive option for those with colourful exteriors as it means you won’t have to compromise in terms of style.

Pastel Green Timber Casement Windows

White has long been the window finish of choice but Jeld-Wen are seeing grey chosen more frequently for its sophisticated and understated look, making it a subtle choice to make your home stand out from the crowd. Conservation pastel green tones, such as sage, are also quickly replacing the traditional choice of white, with requests for royal green and blue also on the rise. Offering fully finished windows in a range of colours means that as a homeowner, you can now select an option that is truly reflective of your style.

Going for green – and reducing your bills

As energy efficiency is a primary consideration for anyone seeking an upgrade on their windows, Jeld-Wen have worked hard to develop timber window designs that not only look beautiful but also offer unrivalled thermal performance, ticking all the boxes for any home. Awarded the top A+ certification in compliance with the BFRC Window Energy Rating scheme, the Stormsure Energy+ casement range is a fantastic example of how timber windows can ensure your home benefits from superb thermal efficiency and unrivalled sound insulation.

There is a misconception with many that timber windows only come with the option of single glazing. Available in a number of different options, timber windows offer as many possibilities as the PVC-U alternative and have the added bonus of being a more environmentally friendly product. All windows from Jeld-Wen are  FSC certified, so as well as looking fantastic and being sustainably sourced, the Stormsure Energy+ window range will keep you warm and cosy whilst helping you to cut down on costly heating bills by improving energy efficiency and heat retention.

Stormsure Energy Plus Timber Casement Windows

Maintain with ease

Research conducted by the Wood Window Alliance (WWA), in a poll of 2,000 homeowners, found that 48.5% of those questioned thought that timber windows were a more high maintenance option than alternative materials. With modern advances, this really isn’t the case at all. A simple wash down and touch up twice a year will easily help to extend the life of your timber windows. Jeld-Wen products should be maintained in accordance with the guarantees of the paint or stain manufacturer’s guidelines, to prevent the finish from deteriorating and to protect the timber underneath.

For pigmented coated systems (white or pastel colours) applied on JELD-WEN timber windows, the suggested redecoration cycle is from five years in an extreme climate and unsheltered area through to 10 years in a sheltered or partly sheltered location and moderate climate. 

The obvious alternative

Historically, self-builders have opted for PVC-U but there is an increasing demand for timber windows, and in turn this demand is being met as the product specifications and performances are improved. From sliding sash and casement windows, to flush-sash conservation designs, a vast range of looks can be achieved using timber.

It’s a common perception that timber products are a more expensive option than alternatives like PVC-U. Studies have shown that timber windows offer better long-term value than low-cost PVC-U windows. On average, timber windows made to WWA standards are likely to last around 60 years with the proper maintenance regimes, compared to 30 years for PVC-U.  Timber frames can also be repaired simply and inexpensively; when a fitting on a plastic window breaks, often the whole window requires replacement. So, although the initial outlay for timber windows may be higher, over the product’s lifetime, timber definitely is the more cost effective choice.

White Timber Casement Windows

Furthermore, timber is an excellent insulator, particularly when teamed with a wide range of double and triple glazing, a combination which can result in reducing the buildings carbon footprint particularly when incorporated with other elements of modern building design. With increasing developments in areas of conservation, Building Regulations and planning permission will often stipulate the need for timber window frames that also require modern functionality, including security, sound-proofing and thermal efficiency. Where previously flush-sash timber windows could not meet the same security and thermal efficiency specification as PVC-U competitors, improvements in modern engineering processes have enabled manufacturers to produce traditional looking designs with modern functionality.

It’s worth bearing in mind that renovating with plastic or metal windows can vastly impact on a property’s appearance, as the majority of homes in the UK were built with timber windows. Property experts suggest that modernising with PVC-U actively devalues a property, so by upgrading to double-glazed factory finished timber windows you can actually improve the value of a property while also preserving its character.

Safe as houses

No matter how much our personal tastes may differ, there's one thing on which we can all agree on, and that is that keeping our home safe is a top priority. For complete peace of mind, all Jeld-Wen windows (as well as patio doorsets) comply with the strictest of Building Regulations, and feature high quality ERA hardware with multipoint locks as standard. Jeld-Wen windows are available in a number of Secured by Design (SBD) options which includes enhanced locking systems and optional laminated glass, giving you greater reassurance that your windows can withstand the most determined burglar.

White Sliding Sash Timber Casement Windows

Made to measure, made to last – guaranteed!

All windows from Jeld-Wen have been manufactured to stand the test of time, including their made to measure option which gives you the freedom to find a design that fits exactly what you need. Specified correctly and fit for purpose, your windows will weather all weathers and last many years. Jeld-Wen provides various quality and performance guarantees, from 10 years against manufacturing and hardware defects, through to protection against rot and fungal attack of up to 40 years.

Where previously windows were supplied primed or with a basecoat stain, there has been a growing trend for factory finished products, which means that many of the latest designs are supplied pre-painted or with a stain finish. Jeld-Wen’s factory finished windows come with up to 10 years guarantee on the paint finish. So wise homeowners are ensuring that, not only do they get a quality finish but, their investment pays dividends over time.

We have a number of ready made windows available to purchase here. If you’d like something you can’t find on our website or would like to discuss our made to measure options, please contact your local branch here.