Timber frame windows carry a more traditional look and can be used in virtually any type of home.
For UK homeowners who are considering replacement windows. Wooden window frames retain a period look that is lost with modern uPVC installations.
Benefits of Timber Windows
Timber frame windows are fitted to certain standards such as the TRADA Q-Mark High-Performance Timber Windows Scheme. This provides assurance that the windows installed on site meet the same high standards as those tested. And therefore, they offer the same performance criteria.
It’s impossible to overlook the many benefits and advantages of wood as a product does have.
- Wood has an excellent thermal efficiency
- More character than uPVC and aluminum framed windows
- Timber is an environmentally friendly material and much kinder to the environment than uPVC.
- A study from Herriot Watt University indicates that all timber window frames offer better long term value than uPVC. And have a service life of at least twice that of uPVC windows.
Types of timber windows
Softwood: is suitable for both contemporary and period-style homes. It is popular amongst those wanted timbers on a limited budget. This wood can be stained but is usually painted. Softwood windows require painting every few years.
Hardwood: is a slower growing type of wood and therefore has a tighter grain than softwood making them more stable and durable. Oak and Meranti are the most popular and are often used in traditional-style homes. Hardwood promises a longer lifespan than softwood.
Cost of timber windows
The cost of softwood timber windows can range from £6,000 to £15,000 for a one-off house. But considerably less if glazed on-site. However, this can carry a risk of double-glazing failure (i.e misted units). Factory glazing lowers the risk but costs more.
Hardwood framed windows are more expensive ranging from £8,000 to £20,000 for a one-off the house. Usually anything up to four times the cost of softwood.
At BWW we love helping people breathe new life into old properties as much as we do helping people on new builds.
The timber windows and doors often play a key part in that transformation process. The fact that all of our products are made to measure really helps that process because every aspect of the product is created with the customer and the property in mind.
What about quality?
The type of wood together with the internal glazing system and method used to manufacture our windows and doors, ensure they look great whilst being extremely durable and able to cope with the ever-changing weather conditions here in the UK.
We have revitalized timber windows and doors from the core material – a high quality 3 layered, Knott-free engineered timber that will not twist or warp. This, combined this with high performance, impermeable glazing systems and the use of micro-porous paint finishes that allow the timber to breathe and self regulate its moisture content, therefore reducing the possibility of rot, reflect the level of detail.
Once you add your choice of hardware from our range, all of these elements come together to create a product, that is truly made to measure. What’s more, it’s delivered to the site fully finished ready to fit and for you to enjoy.
The difference between mass-produced and made to measure will have a significant and direct impact on the quality of the finished article. Simply opting for a non-engineered wood, which is delivered to your site primed or unfinished means you will need to finish it. The result could mean products that warp and twist relatively quickly and that age much faster because they are not manufactured and fully finished in a factory controlled environment.