Evolution vs Residence 9: Which is the best heritage windows brand?

How to choose your period style window from the two top brands: Evolution or Residence 9?

White-painted wooden windows, perfectly joined, with period handles – that’s what you think of when someone mentions ‘heritage windows’. This does not necessarily have to mean wood though. Timber alternative windows are made using efficient uPVC frames, designed to look like traditional wooden windows.

It can be tricky to know how much replacing your timber alternative windows can cost, they have been around for five years but they’re no longer a niche product – timber look uPVC is better than ever and it’s here to stay.

Interior view of a uPVC window with traditional heritage handles

Why not timber?

Although timber is extremely attractive, homeowners often prefer timber look uPVC due to its low maintenance and flawless appearance. To maintain timber’s efficiency, it needs to be regularly maintained which can be time-consuming as well as expensive. uPVC is extremely easy to take care of and can be more cost-effective than timber.

Timber look windows give you the best of both worlds – combining the beauty of timber with the ease and efficiency modern uPVC provides. Heritage timber alternative windows bring these elements together to give a superior performance that will add into the mix of overall kerbside appeal.

Heritage windows review – Which are the best?

There are two main brands of heritage uPVC windows we’re going to review – Evolution Windows and Residence 9. The Evolution range is the original, R9 came after. The Residence Collection has a better-known brand, so is seen as more ‘popular’, but it can also be more expensive. But what is the real difference in performance between the two?

Bay windows made using timber and double glazed units

Evolution Windows review

Evolution were the original company that started producing timber alternative windows and their products are full of technologically-advanced features. These windows are traditionally glazed which makes the glass easy to replace (if this is ever required). These windows are only 82mm deep, which means they take up less space but still retain the same thermal efficiency. All of Evolution’s windows are A rated as standard and their Stormproof and Flush ranges are A+ rated, with thicker double glazing to give improved energy efficiency; making your home warmer and reducing your monthly heating bills.

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Residence 9 review

The Residence 9 Collection is one of the most well-known brands when it comes to heritage windows. They have recently expanded their range to enable them to replace modern uPVC windows as well as timber. The Residence collection is 100mm deep which makes them a durable window and the glass is bonded to the frame which can look impressive, but does mean that the glass cannot be replaced if ever damaged. This collection was designed to exactly replicate the elegance of traditional sash windows which is why they have larger frames.

Evolution Residence 9
Frame Depth 82mm 100mm
Energy Efficiency Up to A+ WER rated Up to A+ WER rated
Security High quality locks guaranteed for 10 years Multi-point shoot-bolt locking mechanisms
Period detailing Features including traditional butt hinges, handcrafted joints and classic Georgian bars Features including authentic cill detail, a weather bar and original butt hinges
Colours Unlimited colour due to colour match service as well as woodgrain finishes available 14 colour and wood grain finish options
Accessories Monkey tail and period curved handles, as well as more modern options such as the teardrop Range of authentic forged handles including monkey tails and teardrops

Can timber effect uPVC windows be used in conservation areas?

uPVC windows are sometimes accepted in conservation areas, but it’s a tricky subject. The main stipulation is that they have to be in-keeping with original windows, and more often than not, this means timber. The decision rests with the Conservation Officer at your Local Authority, and each case will be different. Any good window installer will be able to check for you, and recommend the best window style and material for your home.

In the case that your Local Authority will not accept a timber alternative replacement, at SEH BAC we also design and install wooden windows, as well as uPVC sash windows from the Rose Collection, which have been accepted in conservation areas.

Moss green uPVC casement window

Whichever brand you choose, make sure you choose SEH BAC

Here at SEH BAC, we provide heritage style timber alternative windows that are aesthetically pleasing and are a true asset to your home. They instantly add value as well as keeping with your home’s authentic appearance. If you want to retain a charming heritage feel to your period property – or even add it to a modern home, timber alternative windows could be the solution for your home.

All our windows are A rated and provide excellent thermal insulation, as well as advanced security features keeping you and your family safe and warm. They can be fully customised with the choice of Georgian bars and different types of glass as well as being able to provide any colour you would like. Our ‘Kolor Bond’ system allows us to create any colour to match with your existing décor. Alternatively, you can choose from traditional and stylish wood effect finishes to add that beautiful finishing touch to your home.

Still don’t know which window style to choose? Get in touch with an SEHBAC expert for further support.

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