Updated Feb 2019
Doors and Windows today are not just restricted to being made of wood, but are also done in UPVC and aluminum. When it comes to windows, in our experience, more and more people are opting for UPVC over wood. This post should help you get a quick sense for the plusses and minuses of one over the other.
UPVC Windows and Doors
A shift from wooden to UPVC windows and doors is happening in India because UPVC tends to cost a little less and requires less maintenance over its lifetime. They are less susceptible to moisture, which also helps in our hot and humid environments. They are also fire proof and termite resistant to top it all off.
Where UPVC doesn’t score well is in their design and color selection compared to their wooden counterparts.
In terms of brands of UPVC windows and doors in the Indian market today, you’ll find Finesta, Encraft
Wooden Doors and Windows
Wood is a good insulator, and therefore provides better protection from the heat and cold than other materials. Wooden windows are also eco-friendlier, given they use wood (natural) vs. PVC (manufactured) and also require less energy to manufacture. Most of all they tend to look better than UPVC windows and doors. If maintained well, wooden doors and windows tend to last longer than UPVC.
On the flip side they are more expensive to make, require more time and money to maintain, and under moist/humid weather conditions show more wear & tear. For your reference, our experience suggests that the cost of wooden doors and windows is around 50% higher than UPVC. However, if you’re still looking to go with new wooden doors, you might consider reusing the existing frame (chaukhat) and save some money.
Repairing Old Doors & Windows
If you don’t need new doors and windows you could always consider the repair option. A good carpenter can fix up your old wooden window and frame, and the painters can help paint or polish it to make them as good as new. This turns out much cheaper than any of the above.
PLEASE NOTE: In both the wood based options above, please make sure you don’t have termites (deemak) in any of your other woodwork or else you risk it spreading to any new wood being brought in.