How to choose timber windows for your Swansea home
Whether you have a period Swansea home or a character conversion, timber windows offer an unmistakable, timeless appeal that is hard to beat.
Traditionally this classic beauty meant old-fashioned maintenance – not to mention rattles, draughts and swelling.
However, advances in design and technology mean that, chosen carefully, today’s timber windows and doors can combine classic looks with minimal maintenance and modern energy efficiency.
To make the right choice, it’s important to understand the design features that make the difference between a sound investment and a high-maintenance liability.
It starts with the materials – in this case the timber. To prevent any warping or swelling, timber windows and doors must be made from best quality, FSC-sourced, sustainable, engineered timber.
Engineered timber uses only the best pieces of wood, which are scanned to ensure they are fault free, with all defects and knots removed. These prime layers of wood are glued, compressed and laminated together to form engineered timber.
This process makes the frames strong. Engineered timber has a glue line that is stronger than the timber itself, which in turn makes it 60 per cent stronger than its solid wood counterpart.
As the layers of wood are glued in alternating vertical grains, this reduces the usual expansion, contraction, and warping that is characteristic of solid timber.
If you don’t like painting, opt for weather-treated timber windows and there will be no need to re-paint for at least eight years.
When it comes to glass, thermally insulating, argon-filed, double-glazing offers 80 per cent better energy efficiency than single glazed units and a 45 per cent improvement on normal double-glazing.
Best of all, this kind of glazing will maximize the natural light into your home – essential for period cottages and conversions.
To further improve energy efficiency, opt for windows that offer low conductivity spacer bars, which have the added benefit of reducing condensation levels on the inner pane.
Finally, whether your home is old or new, security on your Swansea home is vitally important, so look for internal beading to show that the glass is fitted from the inside.