At Fremantle Door & Window Company, we have created a lot of custom built doors and windows out of timber for our customers in the Perth area. We are often asked why we build out of timber instead of other materials such as aluminium or PVC-U. With no offense to those who like to use other materials, the answer is simple: we build with timber because it helps us create a superior product for our customers. Here are some of the reasons why we love creating custom built timber doors and windows.
Long Life Cycle
A well-crafted timber door or window can be expected to have a life cycle of 60 years. That is more than twice as long as aluminium or PVC-U. As long as you keep a timber door or window sealed to prevent excess moisture from getting in, it will probably last longer than you live in your house.
Enhances the Appearance of Your Home
No matter where your home is located, timber doors and windows provide an aesthetic that is unmatched by any other material. Our preferred finish is a stain or a clear finish that lets the natural appearance and grain of the timber show through.
For external applications, timber integrates your house with a natural setting better than any other material. In the middle of a city, it’s a “breath of fresh air” among the plastic, aluminium and concrete. If you have custom internal doors made of timber, they not only integrate the inside of the home with nature, but provide an appearance that says, “prosperity.”
Increases the Value of Your Home
Timber doors and windows can increase the value of your home. This is closely related to the enhancement of appearance. If you decide to sell your home, timber doors and windows will usually produce a higher price and spend less time on the market than doors made of other materials.
Saves Money on Heating and Cooling
Timber is a natural insulator. It helps keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Not only is timber a natural insulator, it also provides a much better seal against the framing of your home. This keeps air from moving in and out. The end result is that you save money on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.
If you have a problem with aluminium or PVC-U, you are pretty much looking at replacing an entire window or door. That is why the life cycle of those materials is short compared to timber. On the other hand, if timber develops a flaw, it can often be repaired.
If aluminium sustains an impact, it usually dents and often loosens one side of the frame from the rest of the door. If PVC-U sustains an impact, it can break. If timber sustains an impact, the damage is often contained to a small spot on the timber with no effect on the joinery or other parts of the door or window. The smaller area can usually be repaired with no structural effects and no aesthetic flaws.
Help Fight Global Warming
The standard that is currently accepted as the most reliable metric for contributing to global warming and negative effect on the environment is the “carbon footprint.” This estimates the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases that any process is causing to be released into the environment.
Responsible and Ethical Forestry 101
When timber is responsibly grown and harvested, it actually has a negative carbon footprint. That means timber actually absorbs more CO2 from the environment than it releases into the environment. How does this work?
When timber “breathes,” it does the opposite of what animals do. It absorbs the CO2 and turns carbon atoms into timber. The oxygen is released into the environment. There, the carbon is stored for the life of the timber. When timber is responsibly forested, mature trees which are growing at a slower pace is cut down and new trees are planted in their place. The new timber then removes more carbon from the environment.
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