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10 reasons to choose wooden windows

10 Sep 2012

Wooden windows are a great architectural detail in any home. However, it is not only their aesthetic appeal that make them an optimum choice, there are a number of other aspects to consider. 

The rich grain and organic texture of solid wood make beautifully crafted wooden windows a wonderful addition to any home or building.

Charl Jacobz from Swartland Wooden Windows and Doors shares the top reasons why wooden windows should be the windows of choice for newly built or renovated homes: 

1. Beauty and appeal

The rich grain and organic texture of solid wood make beautifully crafted wooden windows a wonderful addition to any home or building. 

Jacobz says there is no argument that wooden windows add an element of visual beauty to any architectural design they grace – a fact that makes them the first choice for discerning architects, builders and homeowners the world over. 

Double-glazed windows provide insulation and can easily reduce the energy spent on regulating the temperature in your home by as much as 50 percent.

Wood, if skilfully crafted, has a stunning organic quality for unrivalled aesthetic appeal, he says. 

2. Variety of styles

 It is important that the style of the window you choose pairs well with the architectural style of your home, explains Jacobz. 

For a good looking architectural elevation, the style of windows you choose must complement the overall design of your home, he says. 

This is where wooden windows offer a real benefit, Jacobz says, as they offer a wide range of styles and designs to suit almost any architectural design, from the most contemporary to the very traditional. 

Swartland Wooden Windows and Doors for example, offers sliding sash windows, mock sash windows, horizontal gliding windows, full pane windows, small pane windows and top-hung windows. 

It is important to choose materials that suit the specific climate you are living in, says Jacobz.

3. Made to suit specific climates

It is important to choose materials that suit the specific climate you are living in, says Jacobz. 

“Swartland makes its wooden windows for example, from wood that has been specially kiln-dried in their own kilns to ensure that it has an 8 percent moisture content, which is the most suitable for the South African climate.” 

4. Made from sustainable material

In general, wood has a much smaller carbon footprint than other materials used to construct windows – making it the ideal environmentally friendly choice. 

When compared to a similar type of window made from wood, it would take 4.41 times the amount of energy to make it out of UPVC, 6.34 times the amount of energy to make it out of aluminium, and 11.7 times the amount of energy to make it out of steel, explains Jacobz. 

In general, wood has a much smaller carbon footprint than other materials used to construct windows – making it the ideal environmentally friendly choice.

“Also, unlike plastic, concrete, steel or aluminium, wood is a sustainable material and a renewable source.” 

Swartland for example, only uses wood from strictly monitored sources, he says. 

5. Long-lasting and durable

 If well maintained, Jacobz says, wooden windows can last for decades. 

Developments in timber window design and finishing products mean that modern, high performance timber windows need minimal maintenance, he says. 

In general, there is no reason why wood shouldn’t last for over 50 to 100 years, and even after that time, windows can often be renovated and restored, whereas this is not always possible with other substrates. 

6. Insulation qualities

Wood is an extremely efficient insulator. 

7. Double-glazing

Double-glazing and insulation can easily reduce the energy spent on regulating the temperature in your home by as much as 50 percent. 

However, in the past, wooden windows were not always available with double-glazing, but now they are with Swartland’s range of double-glazed wooden windows. 

8. Easy to maintain

Beauty aside, many consumers were wary of wooden windows as they required a lot of maintenance to keep them looking good. 

However, since water-based sealants have been introduced to the market, maintaining your wooden windows is quick and easy. 

 If you can wash and wipe a window your maintenance is done, says Jacobz. 

Water-based sealants are durable, designed to withstand even the harshest climates, they are easy to apply, and they are comparatively very quick-drying. 

Swartland’s Maxicare water-based sealant for example, can withstand temperature fluctuations, it makes the wood heat-reflective (in darker colours) and fungus-resistant, it prolongs the longevity of the wood, and it is touch-dry within a mere three hours, he says. 

“With Swartand’s Wash n’ Wipe Wood Maintenance Kit, you can quickly and easily keep your wooden windows looking great for longer – no more sanding is required.” 

9. Wooden windows can come pre-sealed and preglazed

With Swartland’s new Ready 2 Fit range, wooden windows are now available 100 percent complete, pre-sealed and pre-glazed, so that they will require no further treatment once installed. 

This new range comprises wooden windows and doors that are pre-sealed as they are finished being manufactured. 

The glazing is then installed before they leave the Swartland factory, so when they arrive on-site, they are ready to be installed, with no further labour required to seal and glaze them. 

This not only saves the builder and homeowner time and money, but it also ensures that the windows and doors are protected against any exposure to the elements, says Jacobz. 

10. Wooden windows are timeless

Today, antique wooden windows are still in demand, and it is easy to understand why. 

Simply put, wooden windows offer a timeless appeal that doesn’t date, but rather grows in appeal over time. 

Jacobz says fashions and styles may come and go, but the classic beauty of wood is something that lasts through the ages, and this is why wooden windows boast the best staying power when compared to other types of windows. 

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