How many types of wooden windows are there?
it comes to choosing the perfect wooden window frames for your home,
the first question you need to ask yourself is what style of windows do you actually want? Naturally, the age and style of your home will
play a huge role in the decision-making process, but to get you
started, the most common styles of wooden windows in the UK include:
and bay windows
windows (interior and exterior)
(includes Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian and Regency)
terms describe the types of frames that you can easily come-by, but
there is also a wide variety of glazing styles that will affect the
finished aesthetic dramatically, not to mention the energy efficiency
of a home as well.
and cons of wooden windows
might like the look of wooden windows, but before you make your final
decision as to whether or not you install them in your home, you need
to be aware of all the advantages and disadvantages that they bring,
as windows are far more than just pretty additions to a property.
window frames contribute significantly more to the insulation of
your home than metal versions. In fact, you can expect up to 400
times more insulation than with steel frames.
window frames are simple to install, for experts. You will find that carpenters are ideal window installers, as they are adept at making micro
adjustments to wooden frames.
how easy it can be to source sustainable wood, it makes for the
epitome of the ultimate in eco-friendly glazing options. Perfect for
for properly, wooden window frames will last a lifetime and
continuously contribute to a beautiful façade.
window frames require an extensive schedule of maintenance,
including frequent painting and treating.
frames are not suitable for homes that are located close to coastal
areas or those that are exposed to huge amounts of inclement
weather, as the material will rot out quickly and degrade.
costs of wooden window frames can be far higher than other options
as a lot of the time, bespoke carpentry is necessary and that comes
at a premium. The wood you choose will also have a huge impact on
the final costs of wooden windows.
types of wood are most suitable for window frames?
can choose between softwoods and hardwoods for your window frames,
but be aware that soft varieties will need far more looking after.
They will be cheaper initially, however. The most suitable varieties
of woods include:
you have decided on how much work you are willing to put into
maintaining your windows and what your budget is, you can then decide
on a variety that suits your aesthetic preferences.
that wood can easily fall victim to bad weather conditions, you need
to know what steps you can take to protect your organic window
frames. A good schedule of care will include:
removing dirt and grime, to prevent mildew forming or rot starting.
You can hand wash r pressure wash your frames, but try to dry them
for areas of water penetration, as once a weak spot has been
created, it will only get worse.
out and replace any rotting timber. Rot spreads quickly and you
don’t want your glass becoming loose.
grease your opening mechanisms, so as to prevent swelling and
shrinking affecting use.
your windows regularly, to ensure that insects have not taken up
residence in your window jambs. Even spiders can prove pesky!
to a regular schedule (annually or bi-annually) of sanding and
re-painting or varnishing. Prevention is always better than cure and
frequently far less expensive as well.
about your climate.
you should always give a lot of thought to whether or not your
climate really is suited to wooden windows or not. Traditionally,
cooler temperatures are best, as there will be less risk of the
material swelling or shrinking and wood is fantastically insulating.
This is why UK homes frequently have wooden frames, as well as the
fact that a great proportion of our residential properties are period
homes, which naturally suit wooden windows more than uPVC ones.