The invention of PVC led to a revolution in windows and doors. It became possible to build window and door frames out of alloys and coat them with a protective layer of PVC, which also colored the frame.
Many in the construction industry thought that this development meant the demise of wooden windows and doors. For a time it looked as if they were right. From the early 70s wherever you looked traditional wooden windows were being ripped out and replaced by PVC windows.
However, over the past few years that trend has begun to reverse. Today, wooden windows are again being installed in homes and high-end commercial properties such as head offices and showrooms.
Wood is Beautiful
The reason is simple. Wood looks so much better than plastic or PVC. Today people are increasingly interested in the look of their home. They want a home that is warm and welcoming rather than a cold bland box that looks like every other house on the street. The rise of home design and makeover shows has fed the public’s imagination and inspired ordinary homeowners to invest time and money in finishing their homes.
Without a doubt, wooden framed windows are beautiful. They blend in better with the bricks that most modern homes are built from, turning windows into a feature. A home with wooden floors can be transformed by the addition of a set of wooden framed French windows leading out onto the patio area.
Wood is Practical and Durable
Modern growing, harvesting and finishing techniques mean that wood is extremely durable. Modern wood is pest free, and treated to be durable and weatherproof. Good quality wooden windows are coated with preservative products, which mean that they require very little maintenance and that they will look good for decades.
Wooden Windows Can Be Customized
The best thing about wood is that it is easy to work with. Windows can be made to fit any size aperture. If the opening is warped or not square, this can be taken into account during the design and building process. Windows with wooden frames made by professional craftspeople fit better than any other type of window. Some of the better established firms use computer technology to produce their wooden frames, which guarantees an accurate fit.
Modern Glazing Can be used with Wooden Frames
Opting for wooden windows does not mean compromising in any way. You can still choose high-end glass that has good heat retention and noise reduction properties. If you use a good firm, they will build you windows with double or triple glazing and some will even do so using solar glass and other cutting edge glazing materials. You can enhance the look of your windows by choosing from a range of handles and opening modes.
The next time you need to replace your windows or doors why not consider wooden ones. You will be pleasantly surprised by the cost and will be able to buy exactly the right windows for your home and lifestyle.