Only wood windows will do

Published:  26 June, 2009

LONDON: The Wood Window Alliance (WWA) has welcomed new research from English Heritage this week which shows that plastic windows and doors are the biggest threat to the nation’s conservation areas.

The survey, which asked all UK local authorities about the conditions of their conservation areas and elicited a 75% response rate, found that 83% were under threat from plastic windows and doors.

The WWA has long believed that only wood will do when it comes to preserving the character of many traditional buildings and sees the new research as an important step to preserving the characteristics of our urban and rural environments.

The benefits of using wood go beyond aesthetics and, contrary to popular belief, wood windows last at least as long as other materials and carry long warranties. Double or triple glazing are also easily achievable in wood without compromising on style and this is particularly important for Grade II listed buildings and in conservation areas where local planning departments or building control often insist on single glazing sightlines.

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