Why choose wood?
Nothing surpasses the use of laminated wood in windows. Wood has demonstrated its quality as a window material for centuries in harsh climates.
Broxwood windows are predominantly supplied with both the sash and frame manufactured from selected Scandinavian and Latvian softwood that has been kiln-dried prior to lamination. We work with the natural benefits of wood and further enhance it to ensure the strongest construction material with the best quality finish possible. We are able to offer windows manufactured from a range of other timber types including Siberian Larch, Oak and Mahogany either laminated or from the solid timber. All timber used in our products originate from sustainable, well-managed forests.
Here are a few facts which demonstrate why wood is the expert tradesman’s material of choice time after time:
- Wood is a product of nature; a renewable resource and can be processed in an environmentally friendly way.
- The superb insulation qualities of wood are due to abundant, minute pores in the wood which trap air and increase warmth. Together with the latest glazing technologies and modern engineering techniques, Broxwood is able to supply energy-saving windows with Passive House standard U-values as low as 0.7.
- European forests are managed to ensure that our valuable timber resource is maintained. For every tree that is felled, another two are planted. In fact, there is twice as much wood in the Nordic forests today as existed 100 years ago. This responsible approach to forestry ensures that timber resources are entirely sustainable – and the only construction material in the world that is renewable.
- It is more environmentally friendly to fell old trees and plant new ones. Young trees absorb more CO2 and harmful gasses from the atmosphere than older trees which emit greenhouse gasses as they age, die and eventually start to decompose.
- The total amount of energy used to make a timber window is approximately 20% of the energy required to make a Plastic (PVC) window.
- Climate changes do not affect the structural integrity of laminated timber which remains robust and durable even in the harshest of weather conditions.
- All window frames made from timber are, unlike other construction materials, 100% recyclable.
- There are many timber windows in use in today which are more than 100 years old. They are mainly replaced because a better glazing unit is required.
- Wood is naturally beautiful and will add a sense of comfort, warmth and character to your home.
- Due to it’s strength, long-term durability and aesthetically-pleasing features, natural wood fittings will add value to your home.
- Timber windows can be maintained, treated and repaired during it’s lifetime. Broken, cracked or discoloured plastic window frames are almost impossible to maintain.
- Wood is easy to maintain and is naturally free of dust mites and bacteria. A wood such as larch for example benefits from natural preserving properties and is durable outside without the use of additional preservative treatment.
- With careful use and a little periodic maintenance your timber windows will last a lifetime or more. You simply can’t get better value for money or a greater return on your investment!