Supremely versatile and eternally appealing, bespoke wooden window frames will add the wow factor to your new home.
Selecting the right windows for your property should be one of the most important aspects to your self-build or renovation project, with your final decision affecting the overall aesthetic of your home, both inside and out.
Whether you are planning a contemporary build with minimalist styling or are looking for a sympathetic design to enhance a period property, windows are the standout item which will inevitably dictate the style and character of your home.
Often seen as the traditionalist’s choice, wooden windows are an extremely popular option with many self-builders and renovators for a number of reasons:
The natural beauty and distinctive appearance of wood has an enduring appeal, which, if preserved correctly with stain or paint, will last for many years. Wooden windows are available in untreated, primed or treated options in materials such as Pine, Oak and African hardwood Sapele. Each timber has different shades, meaning your final choice can be tailored to suit your property. All of these materials provide strong and durable options which combine great aesthetics with good insulation.
Wooden windows are available in a large range of designs to suit both modern and traditional homes. Select dramatic full height glazing for a modern build’s open plan scheme to create a high impact look, allowing light to flood in. Alternatively, blend sliding sash windows with a characterful property to restore a period home to its former glory.
Glazing options are all-important considerations. Choose carefully as your final selection will further enhance the look you want to achieve. For example, square or diamond leading could be perfect for a country cottage or barn conversion, whereas tinted glass could work well for a modern apartment or contemporary styled town house.
Rather than mass produced, ‘off-the-peg’ alternatives, wooden windows are artisan made, crafted by experienced joiners which will produce a design entirely bespoke to your project. All wooden windows are available in energy efficient double glazed options with standard or toughened glass.
An increasing amount of homebuilders are recognising the benefits of natural materials over man-made. Windows with wooden frames are far more environmentally friendly than PVCu and in fact come with a negative GWP (Global Warming Potential). This implies that over a period of service wooden windows are capable of actually reducing CO2 levels from the atmosphere.
In addition, environmentally responsible suppliers will ensure that all wooden products come from legal and sustainable sources.
As a natural insulator, wood will retain heat in your house, lowering those carbon emissions and therefore reducing your electricity bill and keeping your home comfortable and warm. Your final choice of windows will affect the energy efficiency and comfort levels inside your home so make sure to consider these sustainability requirements and opt for the most energy efficient units you can afford.