When it comes to elegant and traditional style, nothing beats the look and feel of wooden windows. Plus they blend well with the brickwork and period styling. But whilst Hardwood is durable, with age and weathering it begins to deteriorate and lose its seal. Soon enough the chilly draughts are being let into your house.
Once this invaluable layer of insulation has been compromised, you need to consider your options. Can you repair your windows, what are new wooden windows prices? Modern uPVC windows are cheaper but simply not a suitable replacement in many cases.
First of all, let’s identify the two most common types:
Box Sash Windows are highly traditional and contribute to the period look of a property. By design, most are opened and closed by sliding vertically.
Casement (Framework) Windows can be either classic or modern in style. By design, they are hinged to open and close as would doors.
Now for a few hard and fast rules for wooden window prices:
- uPVC windows can be up to 30% cheaper than wooden windows
- Casement windows are usually 50% cheaper than box sash windows
- Double glazed windows will be double the price of single glazed
- Darker woods such as maple and mahogany will be significantly more expensive than lighter woods like oak.
What Are My Options?
There are four different solutions to draught related problems with hardwood windows. As you read through they will escalate in terms of cost and work involved.
Basic Draft Proofing
If your wooden windows are old and draughty it’s possible to boost their insulation efficiency. Since Sash windows are especially vulnerable with age, having them draught-proofed can be very effective. It’s a precise job that is best performed by a professional window fitter. You can find these tradesmen on Quotatis. Once completed you will regain an airtight seal between the frame and the moving window.
Draft proofing wooden windows prices will lie between £200-£400 for an entire house. Once complete you should expect to save £50+ per year in energy bills.
Add a Secondary Glazing
Then next option is to add an additional glaze to your current window to reinforce the insulating properties. In essence, you will be making your existing windows double-glazed. This is a vastly cheaper option than having whole new double glazed windows fitted.
Fixed secondary glazing is a permanent addition to your window and costs around £300 per window.
Temporary secondary glazing uses made to measure plastic windows that cover the inside of existing windows. EcoEase is a popular choice and prices start from £110 per square meter.
Adding a secondary glaze can be completed by professional tradesmen or DIY.
Repairing Your Current Windows
As wood is exposed to the elements, years of expansion and contraction will take its toll. But even if your hardwood windows have aged significantly it may still be an option to have them repaired. A trusted window fitter can completely dismantle your windows, re-adjust, re-align and service all joins. This will return the smooth operation and draught stopping ability that was originally intended.
For sash windows, a complete overhaul is recommended every 10 years or so. You should expect to pay between £200-£250 per window. Replacement glass panes can be fitted for £30 and other small repairs made for £25.
Casement windows can be reconditioned for £65-85 per window. The service will include new seals, repair of loose joints and service of hinges.
Fitting New Wooden Windows
Completely replacing your wooden windows is the most expensive option, but it provides the best results and has a great visual impact. However, if insulation and energy savings are your prime concern the previous options are more cost effective.
Single glazed wooden windows prices usually range between £157-£650, with an average of £320. Price varies depending on style and size but you can save money by shopping around and purchasing window/frames separately.
Wooden double glazed windows prices are usually double, for a sash window the prices can be as high as £1,300 each.
For a full house of double glazed wooden sash windows, you may need to budget £10,000+.
With a team of two professional workers, they can fit 3-6 windows per day. This number will depend upon the size of your windows and how easy it is to access these areas.
Can I Fit New Windows Myself?
While it’s possible to fit new windows by yourself it is often best left to the professionals. Relying on their expertise will get the job done with greater efficiency and superior results.
With hardwood windows prices as high as they are you need to ensure their safety, security and performance for many years to come. Unless you have worked in the window trade before, this is going to be money well spent.
Tips Double-Glazing Negotiations
Over the years, double-glazing salesmen have received a bad reputation for aggressive selling strategies. Whilst not everyone is going to try and rip you off, it’s worth knowing a few tips to even the playing field.
- Beware of inflated prices.In many cases, the initial price can be 50-70% higher than what they are willing to accept.
- Buy-Today Discounts.A pushy sales tactic is to offer a reduction for committing on the spot. Stand firm and allow yourself time to analyse their price. Funnily enough, the discount will still be available next time!
- Ask For a Written Quote.It’s well worth asking for an official written quote, with all prices and work to be completed. This allows you to check up on their pricing. It may help to verbally tell them you will be comparing their prices with others.
- First Customer Power.If you’re the first house on your street to use this company, your negotiating power will increase. If you let them show an advertising board can sweeten the deal for them.