Timber of old gained a bad reputation, and for good reason. It often under-performed and rotted causing homeowners significant problems. Unfortunately this was normally due to poor installations and paint finishes, both of which compounded the inherent problems found in traditional timber such as twisting and warping.
The timber used today is a new product entirely; engineered timber. It is multi-layered meaning it is resistant to the twisting and warping problems plaguing traditional timber. The paint finishes used now are guaranteed to last 8-10 years, and a recent life cycle analysis has proved that timber windows are capable of performing for 65 years if treated properly.
Modern timber products are particularly useful in conservation areas. If listed buildings require fenestration replacements then it is normally stipulated within regulations that these have to look identical, if not very similar to the originals. Today’s timber products can be made to mirror the style of old windows but perform more efficiently and securely.
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