When it comes to choosing the kind of doors or windows and frames to be installed, the frequent question is: PVC or wood?
Let’s compare PVC and wooden products with same frames thickness and same kind of glass installed.
INSULATION: JOINT WINNERS
PVC and wood are considered great thermal and acoustic insulating. That’s why the doors and windows installed to prevent and fix heath loss and noise issues are made of PVC or wood. Comparing the two different products they deliver equal performances as for energy saving, acoustic insulation and residential comfort.
MAINTENANCE: PVC HAS NO EQUALS
Weather conditions and chemical agents put the materials durability to the test, year after year. Thanks to its chemical and physical features, PVC is not affected by any of those external agents, and it doesn’t even need any maintenance: a wet rag is enough to clean windows, doors and frames perfectly.
Wood instead is highly sensitive to atmospheric agents which ruin the windows and doors look, day after day, year after year also affecting their physical and mechanical features. To prevent these problems, it is recommended to schedule regular treatments and coatings which have a considerable impact on the maintenance costs.
LOOK, FINISHING and DESIGN: JOINT WINNERS
Thanks to research and development activities, Pedretti PVC windows, doors and frames are second to none in finishing and design. Even an expert look can’t distinguish a wooden window or door from a PVC one with wood finish and colour.
VALUE FOR MONEY: PVC WINS
It is difficult to compare from an economic point of view the two different kinds of products because for wooden ones the timber species chosen (fir, pine, oak, etc.) affects considerably and in different ways the selling price.
Generally speaking, comparing PVC and wooden windows or doors and frames in terms of value for money, PVC wins when we consider the maintenance costs during the entire lifecycle of a wooden product.