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Wooden Windows and Doors – The Classy Option

December 7th, 2010

Let’s face it, you just can’t beat the style and class that wooden windows and doors bring to a house renovation project or a new build. Plastic as a material just can’t compete when it comes to adding that special extra ingredient.

Over recent years UPVC plastic has become popular as the choice material for a home’s doors and windows, but more recently home owners are realising the huge benefits both to the environment and aesthetically offered by wood as the material of choice. It’s amazing nowadays how many homes are choosing to incorporate bi-folding hardwood doors that are able to completely open up the exterior of the house, leading to the outdoor space. This just doesn’t work well using plastic as the material.

Hardwood windows can of course be constructed to any style imaginable to fit perfectly with the look of your home and also benefit from the many modern day materials and construction techniques. Excellent thermal performance is achieved when incorporating Pilkington K low ‘E’ glass, which would be sealed units filled with argon gas. The wooden windows of today also come double glazed to the standards specified by current building regulations. These modern contemporary materials are balanced out with the use of some original techniques and features. For example, traditional glazing bars, original putty style glazing beads and also traditional lead counterbalance weights and pulleys are all used, in keeping with traditional versions.

There is a welcome flexibility in the type of finish possible when wood is the material used. Varnish, stains and paint of various colours are all a possibility, and of course this gives greater flexibility and huge benefits when integrating a ‘style’ and ‘look’ throughout a house. In many examples the painting process utilises a low maintenance but high-quality factory applied microporous paint system. Due to the type and quality of the finish available, they will benefit from a long lifetime, assuming that straightforward maintenance procedures are carried out over the years.

Security is not a concern as quality examples would be fitted with toughened safety glass, high security ‘Bramah’ adjustable locks and traditional wedge style fitch fasteners. Some of the plastic versions are very flimsy indeed, and both in their construction and also their less than secure installation procedures.

It doesn’t matter whether your home is an Edwardian or Victorian style home in need of historically correct replacement windows, or a modern contemporary home requiring bespoke features, of wooden windows and doors will without doubt add style and class by the bucket load. Before taking the plunge and making the commitment to use plastic, consider obtaining a quote from a professional local company using the wooden alternative. You may be pleased you did.

The author is based in England and works in the website design industry. For excellent, high quality wooden windows and wooden doors he recommends visiting the Woodland Products website at: Woodland-Products.co.uk

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