Environmental concerns, and the desire to avoid unsightly plastic windows, has made timber a highly recommended material for window frames, conservatories and orangeries. Hardwood windows are particularly long-lasting and resistant to decay, and a variety of finishes and varnishes can make even the most modern windows classic and attractive.
Wood is more attractive than plastic
If your property has striking period doors, an expert bespoke window manufacturer will be able to produce wooden window frames to your exact custom specification. This ability to exactly match old and new, and create totally custom shapes and sizes, sets wood apart from lesser window frames made from metal and plastic.
In contrast to plastic uPVC windows, timber window frames are more suitable for older properties. In fact, timber is generally a more attractive solution than plastic in any home, but this is a vital consideration in listed buildings. When choosing a window manufacturer, bear in mind that uPVC can lower the value of your home if it looks out-of-place, whereas timber window frames will almost always blend in and look natural.
Wood is easy to care for
Timber frames are low-maintenance, particularly when made from hardwood such as oak, maple or walnut. Hardwood window frames can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance, and if you choose a quality manufacturer, your window frames won’t warp or split. Don’t worry about natural movement or swelling of your wooden frames: the timber will expand and contract, but wooden window frames are actually far less prone to this than plastic window frames. On average, a plastic window will expand twice as far as a wooden window, and in very hot weather, plastic can actually soften and distort. This massive expansion and twisting can result in splits in the sealant that holds the glass in the uPVC frame.
Wood does need to be checked and maintained: usually this involves treating the wood every 5-10 years, or asking your window manufacturer to carry out the maintenance on your behalf.
Wood is greener
Timber windows are environmentally friendly to produce, and most credible bespoke window manufacturers source their wood from sustainable forests, ensuring minimal environmental impact in the production of their frames. The manufacturing process doesn’t involve harmful toxins, and there is less waste overall.
If a window frame should become damaged, it’s relatively easy to repair the frame to ensure your home is secure and insulated: plastic windows usually cannot be repaired and need to be taken out and replaced.
Although wooden window frames are long-lasting, they occasionally need to be removed. If this is necessary, the process of disposing them is very eco-friendly when compared to wood or aluminium. Disposing of uPVC window frames releases damaging chemicals and toxins into the environment, whereas disposing of wood is simple and safe, and much of the wood can be recycled. Timber is a naturally insulating material, so wood window frames also help to improve the energy efficiency of your property.