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Why wooden windows, where PVC-U wouldn’t do

Bath Crescents, a conservation area with wooden sash windows a plenty. image by 1000 Words (via Shutterstock).
Where PVC-U windows will never do: note the exquisite sash windows seen on the Bath crescents. Image by 1000 Words (via Shutterstock).
Nearly thirty years ago, HRH Prince Charles published a book entitled A Vision of Britain. His vision favoured traditional building styles, local brick and stone work, and careful planning in conservation areas. This meant respecting the architectural style of the Bath crescents as well as being a manifesto for well proportioned buildings. A seminal example of his approach was the village of Poundbury, on the outskirts of Dorchester.

Finding common currency with the Prince’s opinions (and common sense in our book), were English Heritage’s opinions on window frames and doors. In 2013, they singled out PVC-U windows – ‘unsympathetic replacement windows and doors – usually PVC-U’. Top of their list was the replacement of ‘original good quality sash windows with inappropriate modern aluminium or PVC-U casements and stripping out original period doors’.

This isn’t only true with sash windows. Look at the 1930s semi-detached houses which have seen their metal framed windows – Crittall windows – replaced by PVC-U ones. Before you choose your window frames, there may be some subtle differences as to what conservation areas would allow. If you look at the Bath crescents, anything other than wooden sash window frames wouldn’t get past the planning application.

If you live in a conservation area, we at Chartwell Wooden Windows can help you. For further queries, why not give us a call on 01798 815570? Or send us an email to We will be delighted to talk to you.

Chartwell Wooden Windows, 05 June 2017.


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