Wooden / Timber Windows

by Scott Edwards
Jun
30

The installation of wooden and timber windows took an enormous dip during the late eighties when homeowners began turning toward UPVC. The promise of zero maintenance plastic windows easily overshadowed the budget timber window which was commonly problematic. The old wooden window required high levels of maintenance due to movement, weathering and rot, and the market was crying out for an alternative to alleviate these stressful problems.

Although plastic windows filled the void, it’s obvious that people hadn’t completely fallen out of love with the traditional wooden window as many of the upvc styles were designed to imitate timber. This is clearly evident in the upvc designs of “Rosewood” that imitates mahogany, and the rich looking “Golden Oak”. Later designs were even made to imitate the most traditional of timber windows, the sliding sash, also known as the box frame window. Obviously the look of natural wood is as appealing as ever, but the hassle element was more than enough to persuade the masses to opt for plastic.

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The Royal Hotel

by Scott Edwards
Mar
04

We have supplied the majority of required joinery items for the Royal Hotel in Waterloo for many years. The hotel is situated in a conservation area overlooking Crosby marina and the Liverpool estuary. This prominent position affords guests beautiful views and sunsets, and has proven a popular venue for many wedding parties as well as business travellers and tourists. Although such a location provides spectacular scenery, it also means that the building is exposed to the full force of nature. Subsequently maintenance is an ongoing project.

When the time came to replace the hotels traditional sash windows and elegant front façade the hotels owner employed our services to manufacture everything in timber. Being in a conservation area, modern products such as UPVC or aluminium are completely taboo. Even if these materials were permitted for use they would not have bonded well with the hotels traditional character so wood was the only viable option.

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Box Sash Windows

by Scott Edwards
Apr
12

The window manufacturing industry is now seeing a notable resurgence in the traditional sash window, also referred to as the “Box Sash” or “Sliding Sash Window”. This specific style of window frame will never become obsolete because it is an integral part of heritage buildings and a major feature within the legislation of local conservation authorities.

The majority of proprietors owning traditional buildings have no wish to remove these windows, whether their property is used for residential or commercial purposes. This is because the sash window gives so much character to almost any building in which it resides, and has been proven to increase value and saleability.

The most notable upturn with these windows is that they’re now commonly being designed into new build projects. Admittedly at the moment this is generally focused at the higher end of the market where there is likely to be a greater flexibility toward rather than constraints on budgets, but there is no doubt that the sash windows popularity is as strong as ever.

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Window Sustainability

by Scott Edwards
Apr
11

Sustainability is now a huge issue on a global scale. Across the planet, governments and their populations are increasingly aware of their impact upon the environment and are looking for ways to minimize their “Carbon Footprint”.

Initially the focal point of environmental pollution reduction was toward aerosols and vehicle exhaust fumes, but we now know that we must look at the effects of everything we do. With a planetary population of over 6 billion and growing, the issues of renewable energy sources, recycling and product sustainability have never been more important.

For each individual household there are a number of major areas where they can immediately lower their environmental impact. Using low energy lighting, taking more showers rather than filling a full bath and correctly insulating their property to minimize heat loss are some obvious areas that can be addressed fairly quickly. Other areas require far more planning and outlay but are just as, if not more important than the aforementioned.

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