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The Rise of Timber Alternative Products: Why Installers Choose The Residence Collection

In recent years, the demand for heritage alternative products that mimic the traditional look of timber while offering modern benefits has surged. As homeowners seek to retain the charm of period properties without compromising on functionality and efficiency, timber alternatives have become increasingly popular.

With multiple options flooding the market, installers face the task of choosing the right product for their customers. Among the plethora of choices, The Residence Collection, particularly its pioneering R9 range, stands out from the rest.

The Residence Collection was the trailblazer in introducing timber alternative windows designed specifically for period properties in 2011. Their R9 range seamlessly marries traditional aesthetics with modern uPVC material, making it the ultimate choice for installers and homeowners alike.

One of the key advantages of opting for The Residence Collection’s R9 range is its ability to seamlessly integrate into period buildings, including those with listed status.

The Residence Collection has earned widespread acceptance from local authorities in conservation areas and Grade-II listed buildings across the UK. Designed with Article 4 guidelines in mind, the R9 range aligns seamlessly with preservation objectives, making the planning and installation process smoother and more efficient. With Future Homes Standard 2025 coming up, the u-values for R9, R7 and R2 systems already exceed these requirements.

Moreover, the R9 collection is not just about aesthetics; it also boasts cutting-edge technology and functionality. Ideal for commercial applications as well, these windows offer virtually maintenance-free durability, along with impressive thermal and acoustic insulation properties.

Incorporating advanced fabrication techniques, The Residence Collection elevates the authenticity and structural integrity of its windows. The Residence Collection offers a number of jointing methods, such as mechanical jointing or Timberweld jointing technique. Both options ensure a seamless butt-joint appearance on both the exterior and interior of the window, mimicking the aesthetic appeal of traditional timber windows. This not only enhances the visual appeal of the windows but also reinforces their durability and longevity, ensuring years of reliable performance.

In an era where energy efficiency is paramount, the R9 range offers significant advantages. With rising costs impacting both homeowners and businesses, choosing an energy-efficient solution is crucial. The R9 range offers 44mm triple glazing or 28mm double glazing as standard, achieving U-values of up to 0.74 W/m²K with triple glazing and 1.2 W/m²K with double-glazed options. These windows are certified with an A++ window energy rating, indicating their exceptional efficiency.

Furthermore, The Residence Collection understands the importance of aesthetics in heritage properties. With 21 colour options available, installers can ensure that the windows meet traditional standards while adding a touch of character and personalisation to any property.

Jo Trotman, Marketing Manager at The Residence Collection, commented: “While the market offers a number of timber alternative products, installers looking for the ultimate heritage style window system need not look further than our R9 range. The collection seamlessly integrates into period properties, offering advanced technology, energy efficiency, and diverse colour options, making it the preferred choice for installers seeking to satisfy their customers’ demands for both aesthetics and functionality.”

The Residence Collection has been designing the R9 range in Gloucestershire for almost 13 years and the company has a network of dedicated fabricators and installers throughout the UK. To find out more call 01452 341709 or visit 



At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.