"The main difference between Wood and UPVC aside from it's appearance is the price. Wood is more expensive than UPVC."
In recent years, UPVC has been used for a variety of external and internal fittings.
However, prior to UPVC, Wood was the most common material used when building orangeries and conservatories due to the quick and easy manufacture and the simple design process.
UPVC is currently the material of choice for most homeowners, it’s hassle free, easy to maintain and can be found in pretty much any DIY store due to its versatility. However, Wood is making its comeback as UPVC simply cannot compare to the beauty that is so natural, elegant and simplistic.
Wood in previous centuries was prone to rot, suffer from mould and would generally not live even half of the life span of the house. In this day and age however, the worries of the twentieth century homeowners have been dissolved. The wood currently used is chemically treated and expertly sprayed with micro-porous paints.
The guarantee with these new age wood processes is that your orangery or conservatory will not only last as long as UPVC, it will also give you the chance to create a stunning piece of high quality personal space, without the worries of high maintenance routines or the threat of having your design compromised by material suitability.
Many people still debate on the material of choice for an Orangery or Conservatory as UPVC tends to be cheaper and have a slightly more sparse maintenance routine whilst wood tends to look better and adds more character to a property. The choice between UPVC and Wood should also be influenced by a properties existing features i.e. are the windows and doors UPVC? if so, it would be more advisable to look at UPVC unless you plan to change the windows and doors in the future.
In short, UPVC is cheaper (more cost effective), has a slightly lower maintenance routine and may not require the same level of foundation as a wood version due to weight and architectural loading. Wood however adds a look and feel to a property that UPVC cannot do as well, even though UPVC can come in a range of colours and styles, the materials are obviously different to look at and to feel.
Wood also offers the opportunity for better styling and architectural features thanks to the use of rafters. UPVC products will rarely feature a roof lantern whilst wooden orangery structures will feature a lantern. Lanterns are a popular feature on home extensions as they open up to allow more light in, they also facilitate rafter architectural options, opening side windows and a flat roof border which runs the perimeter of the orangery structure.
UPVC can also suffer from weathering and will require cleaning as the material is non porous which will allow moss to grow if the areas are not cleaned and treated. Wood used to also be a culprit for weathering, rot, mould & more, however, thanks to advanced wood treatment chemicals, the lifespan of wood is considerably longer and maintenance requirements have declinded significantly.
Choose UPVC if you are on a tighter budget and require less flexibility in terms of shape and styling. If you would like a more bespoke structure with roof lantern features then consider wood as your material of choice.