There’s More to Wooden Windows Than You’d Think
Aside from its trifecta of benefits – function, performance, and aesthetics – there’s so much more that you can get out of wooden windows. Dig down deeper from the surface area and into the wood terminologies as we condense and pack them in an in-depth, comprehensive background of Wooden Window 101.
Everything starts and ends with sustainability. Without this green movement, we will have no renewable, high-performance timber windows in our homes. It’s just fitting that, as end users and manufacturers, we drill in on how wooden windows are carried over from cradle to grave.
Whether you lean onto off-the-shelf or custom-made wooden windows, one thing is guaranteed: all wood should be originally sourced from FSC-certified forests. The difference between the two, however, is that you have no say on the specifications for the former option; but while for the latter, you can choose what wood species you prefer based on the geographical context, and how climate-specific or kiln-dried can they be cured based on the shrinkage and equilibrium moisture content. Advanced technology is now at play here, so zero in on the optimal function and performance of your wooden windows by adding more specifications such as fire-rating and insulation.
Here’s where skilled craftsmanship and machinability can be combined to produce bespoke wooden profiles and shapes for your home. Mastering sash joinery is no easy task, as it requires rigorous professional expertise when you need to form and glue intricate filled construction joints. From here on out, manufacturers apply finishing touches by utilizing the process of pre-conditioning, sanding and baking the wooden windows. To further strengthen the integrity of your wooden windows for long-lasting durability, you can choose from your preferred performance-based coating: varnishes, sealants or oil.
Once finished, all your wooden windows go through a logistic process where careful handling of materials should be prioritized since they are delivered and transported from off-site factory to on-site assembly and installation. New construction or renovation alike, your openings should be well-ready to receive window installations and fastenings.
As you revel in the classic beauty of your newly installed wooden windows, knowledge transfer from window specialists to end users should be factored into the equation when you aim for long-term service life. There’s always the negative connotation that wooden windows are high-maintenance compared to aluminum or uPVC, but despite of the upfront costs, you’ll recoup more payback than your initial investment. Wood performance specifications such as dimensional stability and thermal insulation up your home resale value.
No doubt, wooden window will always remain as a fashionable, timeless staple with its rustic and warm aesthetic appeal. However, pooled water seeping through the system can be considered a flaw if not mitigated, so keep your windows rot-proof and watch out for the culprit with drainage system and weep holes.
Wooden windows far outrange its other counterparts when leveraged in an apple-to-apple comparison for life-cycle assessment. But like any other renewable source, all these service factors come to an end when irreversible damage attacks. Best to know that you can contribute to sustainability by closing the carbon loop of wooden windows through compost, upcycling, or bio-energy incineration. And then, the cycle repeats once again.
Getting behind-the-scenes make you appreciate even more how wooden windows can be such valuable investment. Head on over via scheduled appointment to our Manhattan showroom located at 135 East 57th St 18-106, so you can experience how we deliver topnotch service through our wooden window installation expertise.