Let's face it, you just can't beat the style and class that wooden windows and doors bring to a house renovation project or a new build. Plastic as a material just can't compete when it comes to adding that special extra ingredient. UPVC plastic has become popular over recent years as the material of choice for all things windows and doors, but recently home owners are starting to realise the huge benefits, both aesthetically and to the environment offered by wood as the choice material. Just look at how many homes are now choosing to incorporate folding hardwood doors, that have the ability to completely open up the back of a house into the outdoor space. This just does not work using plastic as a material. Hardwood windows can be constructed to any imaginable style to suit your home and also benefit from all the modern day construction techniques and materials. Superior thermal performance can be achieved as a result of incorporating Pilkington K low 'E' glass which would be argon gas filled, sealed units. Modern day wooden windows are also double glazed to current building regulations. These contemporary materials are balanced with the use of some original materials and techniques. For example, traditional glazing bars, original putty style glazing beads and also traditional lead counterbalance weights and pulleys are all used, in keeping with traditional versions. There is a flexibility in the type of finish possible when using wood as a material. Stains, varnish and paint of various colours are all possible and this of course gives huge flexibility and benefits when tying in a style and look throughout a house. When painted, many examples utilise low maintenance, high-quality factory applied microporous paint. As a result of the type of finishes available, the lifetime of these products is extremely encouraging, assuming basic maintenance is carried out over the years. Security is certainly not an issue as good quality examples will be fitted with high security 'Bramah' adjustable locks, traditional wedge style fitch fasteners and toughened safety glass. Some plastic versions are incredibly flimsy both in their construction and also the way in which they are installed into a house. Whether your home is a Victorian or Edwardian style home requiring historically correct replacement windows, or a contemporary modern day home requiring bespoke designs, wooden windows and doors can without doubt add bundles off style and class. Before committing yourself to using plastic, consider obtaining a quotation for the wooden alternative. You may be pleased you did.