If you’re considering investing in timber window frames for your home, you can be sure it’s a good choice. Wood is sustainable and versatile, and because wooden-framed windows can last up to 80 years, they’re an extremely good investment.
But deciding to take advantage of all the benefits of timber-framed windows is not the only decision you’ll have to make about your new windows, so let’s take a look at some of the other considerations you’ll need to take into account.
The style of window
Windows come in different forms with different functionalities, and one of the first things you’ll need to decide when planning new windows is which style you go for. Often the type of home you have, the space available and your budget will determine which will work best for you. But by going bespoke, you’ll be able to have every aspect of your new windows precision engineered and customised to your exact needs and preferences.
Sash windows consist of a number of panes that slide vertically or sometimes horizontally to allow the window to open. They’re widely found on period properties, but can be used to add a touch of traditional style to more recently-built homes too. Sash windows are usually very secure, but it’s best to go bespoke to ensure they fulfil your needs.
Casement windows are very popular and versatile, and can be one of the more cost-effective styles of timber window frames. They’re usually side hung, with the hinge at the side, but can be hung from the top or bottom too. Casement windows tend to be wide opening with great ventilation potential, and can be adapted for many different styles, including a traditional cottage-style look with Georgian bars laid across the panes of glass.
A bay window is a large window that projects from the outside wall and creates an alcove within the room. They’re commonly seen in Victorian and Edwardian homes, but are often created in more modern houses due to their elegance and the great levels of light they can bring to a room, as well as the useful extra interior space that they provide.
The locks and mechanisms
One of a window’s main purposes is to provide safety and security, and so choosing the right locking mechanism that will be appropriate for the type of window you’ve opted for is important.
High-security, multi-lock points and concealed hinges are popular in modern homes, while sash windows can also be fitted with locking fitch fasteners for extra safety, and casement windows can have removable security locks added.
Going bespoke means you’ll be able to extend your chosen style of window to the fastenings that are added, while still prioritising safety, for example by adding traditional hook and mortice fasters to cottage-style windows.
Wooden window frames always look great, but another important part of the decision-making process will be to determine the colour and finish your new timber window frames receive.
Frames crafted by Tucker Joinery can be oiled or painted in a wide range of colours, so there will always be one to suit your home and your tastes.
To learn more about the styles of timber-framed windows, and to find out what will suit your home, contact Tucker Joinery today.