Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why Choose Hardwood Windows?

When choosing the right windows for your home there are several things to consider – the overall aesthetics, the planning regulations, finish, functionality, and most importantly durability. Wooden windows have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years which is in part down to the developments in high performance wood finishes and protective coatings. These coatings provide the wood with maximum life span and also enhance the appearance. The grain of hardwood trees is denser, straighter and more subtle than softwood in many applications ie morth facing windows etc. which is the main reason they are more expensive than the softwood windows. The West African hardwoods such as Sapele and Idigbo are knot free and have a smoother tighter grain and are also much more durable. European Oak does have figuring and knots to an extent which many consider adds to its appeal. Iroko is a relative of Teak and best finished with an oil, if left untreated it mellows to an attractive pale silver. 

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We also provide a traditional sliding sash range, with pulleys and weights. The pulleys tend to be used for listed and protected buildings where the frame lives inside the outer leaf in order to hide the sash boxes, which are covered by a deep timber architrave. We can also employ a spring balance system where required, which is ideal for a narrow frame or smaller window and is a more cost effective solution if you are considering replacing your traditional sash windows - also with fewer moving parts and less maintainance ie. replacing cords etc.

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Longevity & Durability

Longevity is provided by using a range of high performance micro porous finishes from Morrells water based coatings. Unlike traditional oil based paints the micro porous finishes are absorbed by the timber and also allow it to breathe but remain water repellent, giving a very durable and long life coating. We can also apply a wide range of finishes to meet your specifications, varying from a light oak or ash to very dark walnut or Jacobean oak. Please call us for more information or to see wood finish samples here. Solid colours are provided in a huge range, including Farrow and Ball's range of finishes which are ideal for listed building and properties requiring a period finish.

 

Bespoke Hardwood Windows

If you have a specific design or look you would like to achieve, an unusual opening or want to match or replicate existing windows we are happy to assist you in the design, then construct and install. We are happy to visit your home or site measure up and discuss the various styles and colours, on the basis of a no-bligation quote. We are also happy to work to specifications supplied by your architect or local planning office to ensure you achieve the perfect design and finish for your property.

We can base the design on the more traditional styles of frames, with additional design elements or special finishes. We also specialise in unusual or ‘difficult’ commissions where arched frames are required or special graded building requirments need to be met - this includes stained glass. We also offer a range of special slim double glazing  developed specifically to meet the exacting requirements of planning officers in certain building situations. All windows are manufactured in our workshop, and delivered to your home where if required we are happy to install should you require our fitting service. Alternatively we can simply deliver your windows and you can make your own installation arrangments. We have a range of different types of glazing available for every situation or style requirement, including our extra thin double glazing, stained and leaded to meet the demanding specifications required for listed buildings.

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