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Why Wood?

Beauty

No other material looks – or feels - like real wood. And with our high quality coatings and duo-colour option, you can enjoy the colour of your choice inside and outside. You can even have the beautiful character of natural wood inside, with a durable paint finish outside.

Beauty

Adds value to you home

If you live in a period style home, it’s important to maintain its authenticity when replacing windows and doors – and that normally means using wood. Windows are one of the most important design features of a building. Replacing windows and doors with an inappropriate design or material is likely to reduce the value of your home. A national survey of estate agents carried out by English Heritage found ‘Unsympathetic replacement windows and doors, particularly plastic/PVC-U, are the biggest single threat to property values in conservation areas.’ Why use PVC-U imitation wood, when the real thing looks better, lasts longer, requires minimal maintenance and adds value to your home?

Value

Long life

Studies by Imperial College London and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh have shown that wooden window frames made to the standards required of Wood Window Alliance members will last from 56 to 65 years in average conditions. Aluminium-clad windows will last even longer.

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60-year Service Life. Dr Gill Menzies explains the results of her Service Life study at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Simple maintenance

Today’s factory-finished wood windows are not just ultra durable, they are low maintenance too. Depending on the exposure of a window painted in an opaque coating, it is unlikely to need re-coating within the first 10 years of its life. And when you do need to recoat, you won’t have a big preparation job on your hands. All you have to do is to rub the frame over with a mildly abrasive sand paper, wipe down, prime any areas of bare wood and give the frame a single topcoat. Then your window is as good as new again. If anything does need repairing over the life of a wood window, it’s a much easier job than with any other material.

factory finished

Factory finished

Kind to the environment

Wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests, is the ‘greenest’ material you can choose for a window. Each wood window you choose instead of a PVC-U frame, saves 160kgs CO2 over the life of the building – that’s over one and a half tonnes of CO2 for an average house of ten windows.

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Environmentally-friendly. Dr Gill Menzies explains the results of her Life Cycle Assessment study at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

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