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Timber windows & doors

Timber windows & doors

Handcrafted elegance

Our award winning range of hand-made, timber windowssash windows and timber doors, are installed with care by our trained and experienced craftsmen.

They come in three distinct styles – Traditional, contemporary and Historic – making them perfect for houses of any period. Through careful design many of the age old complaints associated with wood have been eliminated; our products will not stick or twist, require very little maintenance, offer modern standards of security and significant energy savings.

Stormproof windows feature rebated openers which lip over the front face of the window frame. Our Storm proof system is packed with innovations – innovations that bring the benefits of security, warmth, warp resistance, weathering and modern double glazing performance.

The design of our vertical sliding sash window is the product of an extensive collaboration between our technicians and consultant architect to ensure that our box sash reproduces, as faithfully as possible, the simple grace of English sash windows progressively developed from early use by Wren through their peak of elegance in the late Georgian period and in common usage by the Victorians and Edwardians.

In particular, the dimensions of our sash frames, meeting rails and glazing bars have been made slim, with traditional mouldings subtly modified to suit modern construction technology.

To carry the extra weight of double-glazed units, our sliding sashes are hung on tradional cords retaining the long proven reliability of simple counterbalance weights.

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Quadruple draught strips stop rattles, and extremely high insulation (1.1W/m2K) glazing units minimise heat loss and down draughts. Multi-layer timber and very careful attention to detail, minimise the swelling and warping that causes jamming on windows of lesser quality during wet weather.

Flush casement windows are characterised by openers that close into the frame and finish flush with the face of the window. Our challenge has been to make flush casement windows which look simple but are actually quite sophisticated. Some details, like our decorative butt hinges, are merely to reinforce the illusion of simplicity. Hidden away is modern technology: warp resistant timber, locks which engage in multiple points around the perimeter of every opener, ventilation grooves, drainage channels and glazing units which lose approximately half the heat of ordinary double glazing.

Historic Windows

A traditional single glazed box sash for use where double glazing is not suitable. Designed for replacement of originals in existing buildings particularly windows in listed properties. Sectional sizes and details reflect many years of experience in the manufacture of windows for sensitive buildings. We offer a choice of profiles that will suit most circumstances (including Georgian, Gothic, Victorian and Queen Anne designs) but can also offer a premium bespoke profile service when needed. Weatherstripping is fitted but due to the traditional nature of the product it is not as comprehensive as other sash products in our range. The sashes are hung on a traditional corded and weighted operation with brass pulley wheels. Glazing uses authentic hand face putty with 4mm thick clear single glass with an option of hand-made antique glasses to complete the look.

Timber Windows that last a lifetime

ACCOYA The World’s Leading High Technology Wood

Accoya is the world’s leading high technology wood. Created from sustainably sourced softwood, Accoya wood matches or exceeds the durability, stability and beauty of the very best tropical hardwoods.

The Accoya  wood production process takes sustainably-sourced, fast growing softwood and, in a non-toxic process that ‘enables nature’, creates a new durable, stable and beautiful product – that has the very best environmental

credentials. Our windows, doors and conservatories can all be specified with Accoya.

Accoya is helping to protect the world’s precious hardwood resources and is guaranteed for 50 years in exterior use and 25 years when used in the ground. This long life also provides an added benefit – helping to reduce carbon emissions.

PRODUCT FEATURES

DIMENSIONAL STABILITY

– Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
– Doors and windows open effortlessly year round
– Paints and varnishes last 3 or 4 times longer,  greatly reducing maintenance costs

CLASS 1 DURABILITY – The most durable wood possible

LONG LASTING     Lasting at least 50 years above ground and  25 years in ground

PERFECT FOR COATING – Easier to coat: less preparation and sanding between coatings required.

NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL WOOD – The process does not compromise the wood’s natural beauty

IMPROVED INSULATION – Accoya offers improved thermal insulation in comparison with commonly used wood species

FROM SUSTAINABLE SOURCES – Sustainably sourced, including from FSC, PEFC and other regionally certified woods

UV RESISTANT – Accoya  wood has superior resistance to UV degradation when translucent coated and its natural appearance lasts longer

RETAINED STRENGTH & HARDNESS – The process does not compromise the wood’s strength
– Hardness is increased – High strength to weight ratio, making it suitable for challenging applications

100% RECYCLABLE – Fully reusable and recyclable – Reuse is recommended but Accoya  wood may be safely incinerated for bio-energy or composted

The technology behind Accoya wood is based on acetylation, a process that has been studied by scientists around the world for more than 75 years. This method of improving wood has been proven to deliver such superior performance that it has long been used as the “gold standard” against which other methods are measured.

The physical properties of any material are determined by its chemical structure. Wood contains an abundance of chemical groups called free hydroxyls. Free hydroxyl groups adsorb and release water according to changes in the climatic conditions to which the wood is exposed. This is the main reason why wood swells and shrinks. It is also believed that the digestion of wood by enzymes initiates at the free hydroxyl sites – which is one of the principal reasons wood is prone to decay.

Acetylation effectively changes the free hydroxyls within the wood into acetyl groups. This is done by reacting the wood with acetic anhydride, which comes from acetic acid (known as vinegar when in its dilute form). When the free hydroxyl group is transformed to an acetyl group, the ability of the wood to absorb water is greatly reduced, rendering the wood more dimensionally stable and, because it is no longer digestible, extremely durable.

Windows and Wisteria – A Delightful Project In St Albans

We had Jake and Andy here yesterday to fit our timber windows and I just wanted to tell you what a fantastic job they did. They worked Like Trojans and had the job completed well within schedule. Disruption was minimal but what really impressed us was that there was absolutely no damage at all to the surrounds of the windows being removed. A huge thank you to all concerned and particularly the fitters.

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