A Few Great Reasons to Choose Hardwood Doors

A Few Great Reasons to Choose Hardwood Doors

When it comes to the debate between oak hardwood doors, composite doors or uPVC doors, wooden doors win every time. From the exquisite craftmanship and luxurious feel, to the excellent insulation properties and more, hardwood doors are definitely worth investing in. While modern materials can be made to look like wood, they’re never as good as the real deal.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your internal doors or replacing your external doors for oak external doors, check out this article, where we delve deeper into why hardwood doors make such a worthwhile investment.

Sustainably sourced interiors

Hardwood doors are the perfect choice for the sustainability conscious shopper. Unlike other types of door, produced from non-renewable sources like steel, plastic and fibre glass, hardwood doors use a naturally occurring raw material. What’s more, modern timber products from reputable suppliers are made from sustainably sourced wood that has been FSC and PEFC certified.

They look fantastic

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s aesthetic, something as simple as fitting oak external doors can give your property a boost in curb appeal. And for the inside, hardwood doors can give a luxurious feel, making your home look well maintained and more tidy.

They’re durable

You may have found a hardwood doors a cheaper alternative, but try to remember it’s probably a false economy. Hardwood doors, and oak external doors in particular, are extremely durable, are natural insulators, and stand the test of time. Unlike external doors made from PVC, when looked after properly, hardwood external doors are robust and do not discolour.

Oak external doors are secure

While most of us don’t like to think about being broken into, your home security should still be a priority. Oak external doors are very secure – and combined with their great aesthetic, are a great all-rounder. You don’t have to have your external doors all oak, you can also choose oak external doors with reinforced glass panels, perfect for letting natural light into your home.

They have a long lifespan

Owing to its fantastic dimensional stability, hardwood doors like oak external doors last around 50 years, if well maintained. So while it might seem an expensive outlay to install wooden doors in your property, they more than pay for themselves.

They’re easy to maintain

When you think of wooden doors, you might worry about the need to varnish and paint them. However, modern timber doors usually come pretreated and ready to go, meaning they only need a simple touch-up every five years or so, which is definitely easier than trying to remove stains from uPVC!

It’s easy to customise your doors

One of the great advantages of timber doors is their ability to be customised to your requirements. Because it’s so easy to colour hardwood doors, when trends change it’s easy to strip them down and start again. This is no mean feat when your external doors are made from uPVC!

Make your house stand out from the crowd

Have you ever walked down a street, only to think that all the PVC external doors look the same? Well, choosing an oak external door can help you stand out from the crowd, and there are plenty of styles to choose from, too!

If you’re looking for quality hardwood doors, contact the team here at Rural Timber – we’d love to help. You can contact our friendly team onL 01905 841199, or email: info@ruraltimberwindow.co.uk.

Sash Windows for the 21st Century Home – Combining Traditional and Modern

Sash Windows for the 21st Century Home: Combining Traditional and Modern

When you think about sash windows, you will probably conjure up an image of a Georgian or Victorian property, as this was a popular window style during these periods. However, if you love the style of these paneled windows that move up and down within the frame, it’s not impossible to incorporate them into a more modern home. Let’s look at some of the reasons why sash windows are so well suited to contemporary properties.

Versatile Design

Whilst traditionally a sash window would have been simple and minimal in terms of design, now there are many more possibilities. Thanks to modern materials, combined with traditional styling you can achieve the look of a sash window with various material frames, colours and designs. Sash bars and horns can be styled to suit your property and if you opt for wooden sash windows you can paint them pretty much any colour you choose.

Classic Look With Modern Technology

The great thing about modern sash windows is that they combine everything that is aesthetically pleasing about their classical styling with all the latest technology. This means you can enjoy the appearance of sash windows in your modern home without having to sacrifice things like energy efficiency or durability. The modern sash window can feature the latest glazing techniques, safety glass options and window security to help keep your energy bills low and provide peace of mind.

Full of Character

There’s no denying that a sash window has plenty of style and can add character to any home, providing it is used thoughtfully. You don’t have to live in a listed building in a conservation area to benefit from the look of sash windows. You can enhance the modern design of your home by replacing your uninspiring windows with modern sash windows, improving the appearance both inside and out and giving your home a timeless feel.

Improved Natural Light

Often you will find that by adding sash windows to your property it feels lighter inside. This is because sash windows tend to have larger panes of glass than their modern counterparts and can therefore let more of the outside in. They can also provide better ventilation as more of the window opens as you slide up into the slash mechanism. Modern homes tend to be designed to allow for more natural light than period properties so by adding sash windows to your makeover plans you can capitalise on every last ray of sunshine and bring a warmth to your home interiors.

If you are unsure whether sash windows would look right in your modern home, or you’d just like to find out more about the styles available, please contact us on 01905 841199 or click here to send us a message.

Bi-folding or French – Choosing Timber Patio Doors

Bi-folding or French? Choosing Timber Patio Doors

If you have decided on timber as the material of choice for your patio doors, then you’ll probably be wondering which style of door to opt for. Both bi-folding and french timber patio doors offer many excellent benefits but you’ll need to decide which provides the best solution for your space and how you want to use the opening. To help you reach a decision we have presented the individual benefits of both styles below.

Benefits of Wooden Bi-folding Patio Doors

Bi-fold doors are made up of a series of panels that slide open, folding up the panels in a concertina effect up against the wall. They are often installed outside the home to connect it to the space outside. Let’s look at the main benefits of this type of patio door:

 

  • Allow plenty of natural light in – with the bi-folding doors fully open your room will be awash with natural light and the scents of the garden. Even when closed, with any blinds or curtains open, you’ll get plenty of light coming through to your home.
  • Improve the aesthetics of the back of your house – we often focus our time and effort on the front of our house and its ‘kerb appeal’ but don’t forget about the back of the house – this is, after all, the view you will have from sitting in the garden. Adding bi-fold doors improves the appearance of the back of your home, plus it will add value too!
  • Let the outside in – if you love your outside space then timber bi-fold doors are the perfect way of connecting it to the inside of your home, opening up to let the outside in and allowing you a great view of your garden.
  • Save space – when completely opened up, bifold doors take up only a small amount of space, making them a great option when you don’t want to have open doors jutting out at either side of your opening.

Benefits of French Timber Patio Doors

French doors are two identical doors that sit side by side and open outwards. They feature glass panes, which extend for the door’s length and are another popular choice for patio doors. The main benefits of french patio doors are:

  • Work with almost any design style – with their timber frames and multiple panes, french doors work with almost any interior and exterior design style.
  • Make a statement – french doors are very striking and definitely make a statement about your home and sense of style.
  • Flexible design choice – with a huge choice of paint and stain colours you can finish your french doors in a style that compliments your home decor. You’ll also find it easy to install curtains or other window coverings over french doors compared with other styles.
  • Make the most of your outside and inside space – throw open your french doors and you’ll get a great vista of your garden in spring and summer. Close them and you’ll still be able to see through the various panes but you’ll have that clear distinction between inside and outside, perfect for creating a cosy home in the winter.

Whether you choose french or bifolding timber patio doors, you’ll benefit from the latest technologies offering great security and energy efficiency.

Find Your Perfect Timber Patio Doors

If you can’t decide which style would best suit your home or you’d like to find out more about the timber doors we offer please contact Rural Timbers on 01905 841199. We specialise in creating bespoke wooden doors for all property types and are happy to offer advice to help you find the right doors to enhance your home.

Bespoke Joinery – Why To Choose Rural Timber Window Company

Bespoke Joinery – Why To Choose Rural Timber Window Company

If you have made the decision to invest in timber windows or doors, or a timber conservatory or orangery, then your next step will be to find the right company to handcraft and install the timber solutions to complement your home for years to come. Whether you are looking to replace your existing windows and doors or striving to extend your living space, or if you’re a contractor looking for a partner to add the finishing touches to a building project, finding the right bespoke joinery specialists is essential.

If you are based in Worcestershire or the surrounding Midlands region and are in need of specialist joinery services, then you need not look any further than Rural Timber Window Company.

Perfection is our goal

As specialist craftsmen, we provide a wide range of joinery services to suit property owners and building contractors. Regardless of the project, our expert team always aim for perfection, combining our traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to achieve high quality results. We may be biased, but we believe that you’ll struggle to find materials as beautiful as natural timbers.

If you have design ideas in mind, you can rest assured that if it requires us to craft timber, then we can usually create and install exactly what you are looking for. From our workshops to the finished result, our dependable specialists deliver tailor-made solutions, as close to perfection as possible.

Customer service is at the heart of our company

As a family run business, manufacturing and installing bespoke joinery solutions since 1973, in addition to our craftsmanship and attention to detail, we have always worked hard to create customer friendly services. We will always work closely with our customers and love to take on completely bespoke orders, no matter how out of the ordinary, or how big or small. We offer complete design support, and are on hand to help, from our initial consultation through to delivery and installation.

We are always extremely proud to receive many recommendations for our work and customer service from previous customers.

We’re committed to the environment

At Rural Timber Window Company, we make a strong commitment to the environment. Our Oak, Accoya and Sapele timbers are renewable and sourced from sustained forests. In addition to our commitment to using eco-friendly woods, we also use biodegradable water-based paints and wood stains to ensure our windows, doors, conservatories and other joinery projects look great, but have a minimal impact on the environment, compared with plastic based stains and seals.

We are FENSA registered

FENSA is a government authorised scheme to ensure that all replacement doors, windows and conservatories comply with building regulations and are energy efficient. As a FENSA improved installer, you can be confident that we are assessed regularly to ensure our commitment to maintaining building regulations compliance.

We work with homeowners, business owners and contractors

Whether you are looking to make home improvements, renovate business premises, or are a contractor in need of specialist craftsmanship to provide the finishing touches to a project, you can rely on us. Our experts are here to provide the joinery solutions and services that you need.

Get your Bespoke Joinery Quote

If you have a project in mind and are looking for skilled and experienced craftsmen, then call us now on 01905 841190 to make an enquiry, or request a quote here. We look forward to hearing from you.

Why a Timber Conservatory is a Great Way to Extend Your Home

Why a Timber Conservatory is a Great Way to Extend Your Home

If spending more time at home during lockdown has got you thinking about potential home improvement projects and making the most of your available space, why not consider a timber conservatory?  It is a great way to extend and add value to your home, as well as helping you to make a more sustainable choice.  If you want to enjoy the beauty of your garden all year round and make the most of winter sunlight, here are our top reasons for adding a timber conservatory to your home.

A Conservatory is Generally a Permitted Development

Though we always recommend that you check whether you need planning permission before you commence any home extension project, conservatories are generally considered ‘permitted developments’ provided they meet certain criteria.  Depending on the type of house you live in, you can create a conservatory of up to 6-8m without needing planning permission, so long as it is not more than 4 metres high (3 metres if you are within 2 metres of a boundary), doesn’t cover more than half your garden and the top point is not higher than the eaves of your roof.

 

When considering a timber conservatory for your home, perhaps your biggest consideration should be how the development might affect your neighbours as they will need to be consulted to make sure the structure does not adversely affect their light and living space.

Extend Your Home and Your Garden

When you have a home extension you are generally extending your home to help you gain more space. A conservatory will extend your home and give you more space, but in addition it will also help bring the outdoors in, effectively extending your garden and merging the two living spaces into something that you can enjoy all year round.

Timber Conservatories are the Sustainable Choice

If you want to extend your home but are worried about the environmental impact of doing so, then you might like to know that timber conservatories are the greener choice. When compared with other mass produced alternatives such as uPVC, timber from sustainable forests provides a much more environmentally friendly option.  At Rural Timber we only use high quality wood from renewable forests and can also complement your green choices by finishing the wood with our range of environmentally friendly water-based micro porous paints, allowing the wood to breathe.

Add Light and Value to Your Home

From their origins in the 17th century, when they were used to care for exotic plants, conservatories have always been about creating light, airy rooms that bring the outside in.  Not only will they add light to your living space, but they will undoubtedly add value to your home, with experts stating that you could expect to increase your house price by up to 5% by adding a conservatory.

Find a Timber Framed Conservatory That’s Right For Your Home

If you’ve decided you’re going to have a conservatory, it’s important to find a company who can create the perfect structure for your home, taking into account not only the style and age of your property, but also your own preferences and available space.  We combine modern double glazing with traditional craftsmanship to create bespoke timber framed conservatories that meet your needs and last for years to come.

 

To request a quote please call us on 01905 841199, or to find out more about our timber conservatories please click here.

Natural Timber Windows – Why We Use Sustainable Wood

Natural Timber Windows – Why We Use Sustainable Wood

If you’re on a mission to protect the planet, you might be searching for ways to renovate your house sustainably. We understand why – being green is high on the agenda for many of us. Here at Rural Timber, it’s important to us too. Let’s take a closer look at why we use sustainable wood throughout all our work.

  1. PVC is more hazardous than wood, experts sayAccording to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the world’s leading conservation organisation, PVC is less sustainable and more hazardous than wood. In fact, they felt so strongly about it that they published The Window for Opportunity Report, that encourages people to choose Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood. What’s more, over a decade later the Wood Window Alliance (WWA) drafted a report outlining the benefits of wood over plastic. Pointing out a number of dangers of uPVC windows, outlined below.

PVC is a major user of fossil fuels – a non-recyclable resource.

It’s also a Class one human carcinogen, making it toxic to humans.

When burnt, PVC lets off dioxins and hydrogen chloride, which can cause respiratory diseases like COPD and asthma.

PVC is made from Vinyl Chloride Monomer, which is made from chlorine – the production of which is energy and emissions intensive.

Recycling rates for PVCu are low, and when PVCu products are recycled, they can create further toxic chemicals.

  1. Sustainably-sourced timber windows don’t use chemical-laden preservatives

Sustainable timber windows are renewable and stand the test of time. What’s more, wooden windows often use the latest environmentally friendly coatings and preservatives that don’t contain nasty chemicals.

  1. Timber windows are biodegradableTimber windows last for many years, but when they do come to the end of their life, they can be burned for energy. The fact that timber framed windows made from trees like Accoya and Sapele are biodegradable is a huge plus point for people looking to use sustainable options throughout their home.

    4. They’re a low carbon product type

Timber framed windows are a low carbon product type which contributes to a low carbon economy and climate stability by carbon storage and carbon uptake provided by forests. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, using products that use a low-carb economy and rethinking product processes and design, has a huge impact on the environment. Each of us can play a part in this by only using suppliers who use sustainable materials in their products – whether that’s timber framed windows or the food products we buy.

  1. Sustainable wood is traceable and accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)Windows made with wood from sustainable sources should be supported by an FSC or Chain of Custody certificate to ensure the wood has come from a well managed forest. The FSC is an international not-for-profit organisation established in 1993 that promotes responsible management of the World’s forests.

Overall, sustainably made timber framed windows have a much smaller environmental impact than PVC. They are kinder to the planet and its inhabitants, look fantastic and are cost-effective. What’s not to love?

If you’re ready to replace your PVC windows with timber framed windows, Call now on 01905 841199 or request a quote. We use a wide range of sustainable timber for our windows and other wooden products, from Accoya and Sapele to many more.

Why We Love Sapele for Timber Windows, Doors and Conservatories

Why We Love Sapele for Timber Windows, Doors and Conservatories

Sapele Doors and Windows from Rural Timber based in Worcester

Taking the step to upgrade your home with newly fitted sapele windows and doors or a beautifully crafted conservatory can transform your property. The look and feel of sapele can offer a charm that other timbers cannot.

When planning your home fixtures, your choice of wood can have a great impact on the overall look and feel of your new home design. The colour and textures, all down to the grain patterns, can provide the desired aesthetic you are looking for in your home renovation.

Explore the benefits of sapele for timber windows, doors and conservatories below.

Stunning Appearance

Sapele is a tropical hardwood which is coloured a charming red toned brown. This offers a unique aesthetic in comparison to other timbers, helping your home to stand out from others on the street.

Running throughout sapele wood are grain patterns which can be intensified with a transparent coating. This can help to amplify the natural beauty of wood for a raw and detailed aesthetic.

Low Maintenance Material

Sapele is a popular choice for joinery projects because of its durability and density. In addition, sapele windows have a life expectancy of at least 10 years. This is great for those looking for refreshed or replacement windows and doors to minimise maintenance costs for yourself.

Sapele Windows and Doors

One of the many benefits of sapele and it’s red toned brown colouring is that it pairs beautifully against a range of brickwork styles. By following a consistent colour palette in your home design, you can create something sophisticated and much more premium looking.

Bespoke Conservatories

Our expert joiners aim to create beautiful conservatories which are bespoke in design and blend seamlessly with your home. A bespoke sapele conservatory can offer so much more character and sophistication in comparison to the usual white uPVC model.

Choosing Sapele for Timber Windows, Doors and Conservatories

At Rural Timber Window Company we offer full design, support and installation. From conception to completion, our team will work with you to create your bespoke order with the highest quality traditional craftsmanship.

Sapele can be a charming addition to your timber windows, doors and conservatories. To request a quote from our team, please email your project requirements to info@ruraltimberwindow.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Timber windows and doors and how to add value to your property in 2021

Timber windows and doors and how to add value to your property in 2021

Whether you’re putting your house on the market or thinking about home improvements in 2021, knowing how to increase its value is vital. Certain projects don’t simply add kerb appeal, but can boost its worth too. What’s more, they don’t have to cost the earth to make a big difference. From changing fixtures and fittings and replacing internal doors, there are plenty of ways to give your home a facelift. Here, we take a closer look at how to add value to your property.

  1. Give the house a lick of paint

    Perhaps the cheapest and most simple way of giving your home a makeover is to repaint the inside. It’s not until you get a fresh coat of paint on the walls that you realise how many imperfections build up over the years! If you’re selling, opt for neutral shades over bright colours, and make sure you mask up!

  2. Replace your internal plywood doors with timber doors

    It’s often the small details that give an overall impression of a house. Having a high quality finish with cheap ply board doors can be all it takes to create a bad impression. Swapping plyboard doors for timber doors is a great way of showing your attention to detail.

  3. Think about getting a timber front door

    A front door is a front door, right? Not necessarily. Your front door is the first door people see when they visit your house. And as you know, it only takes a couple of seconds for someone to get an impression. Make sure it’s the right impression and consider a timber front door.

    Create more usable space

    When it comes to houses, space sells. Consider whether adding a timber conservatory will add value to your home. Most of the time, conservatories do not need planning permission and can be built much quicker than an extension. They’re usually cheaper too! When looking at timber conservatories, be mindful to use a reputable company who guarantee their work.

    5. Change old windows for something new

    Perished PVC windows can ruin the aesthetic of a property, not to mention make them inefficient. If your windows are in need of being replaced, consider a classy and timeless alternative, such as timber windows.

 

If your home is a period property, you’ll be familiar with the beauty of sash windows.  Bursting with history and heritage, sash timber windows give an unsurpassable level elegance to a property. If your house is in need of new timber windows, you’d like to install timber doors or you’re looking for a quality conservatory, call Rural Timber today on 01905 841 199 to request a quote.

Important Reasons for Choosing Accoya For Windows and Doors

Important Reasons for Choosing Accoya For Windows and Doors

 

As timber joinery specialists, we are always discussing the benefits of choosing timber doors and windows over materials such as uPVC. From durability and maintenance, to key design features and architectural considerations, there are many important reasons to consider wooden windows and doors.

At Rural Timber, we are committed to using only natural timbers from sustainable sources. We work with several different timbers to suit our customers’ needs, including traditional Oak, as well as highly durable Sapele hardwood and Accoya high performance softwood. Whilst the properties of Oak are widely known, you may not be so knowledgeable about Accoya, which has been described as the world’s leading long life wood.

What is Accoya?

Accoya is a type of softwood timber that we use regularly at Rural Timber for the crafting of bespoke windows and doors. It is modified by the acetylation process, which helps increase the durability of the wood, increasing its ability to resist rot, and stay resistant and resilient against the elements for many decades, whilst also looking wonderful.

Whilst many durable woods are sourced from slow growing tree species, Accoya is sourced from fast growing sustainably sourced radiata pine. As a result, Accoya is a much more sustainable than many other timber choices.

Key benefits of choosing Accoya for Windows and Doors

Accoya has many benefits when used in the manufacture of exterior windows and doors, for example:

It’s extremely durable – Accoya can last for as long as 50 years. It is highly resistant to weathering and copes well in any climate, it’s rot-proof, and forms an effective barrier against insects and wood-destroying fungi.

It’s strong – The processes used to treat the timber also increase the hardness and strength of the wood, making Accoya an excellent security solution.

It features excellent insulation properties – Accoya offers great thermal insulation properties and helps to conserve energy in your home, helping cut costs in the long term. For these reasons, it’s a great solution for window frames and external doors.

It’s sustainable and environmentally friendly – This fast growing softwood is sustainably sourced and is manufactured using non-toxic processes, adding nothing to the wood that doesn’t already naturally occur in wood. In contrast, many slow growing hardwoods are treated with toxic chemicals and non-renewable materials.

It’s stable in all climates – As stated above, Accoya copes well in all climates. Where temperature and humidity can be a problem for some timbers, causing them to swell, shrink or warp, Accoya is very dimensionally stable, so it is unlikely to lead to problems such as jamming doors, or draughty windows.

It looks great – Even with so many excellent attributes, Accoya wouldn’t be a popular timber for doors and windows if it wasn’t also a naturally beautiful wood. It can also be painted and stained in a wide range of colour finishes with ease, whilst maintaining a natural wood grain look.

Timber Doors and Windows in Worcestershire

If you are looking to upgrade your windows and doors, or invest in a timber conservatory or orangery, then you have come to the right people. Based just outside of Worcester, we create and install beautiful handcrafted windows and doors for all kinds of properties, throughout Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.

For more information, or to request a quote, please call our team on 01905 841199.

Why We Love Hardwood Doors

Why We Love Hardwood Doors

A charming home design can have a significant impact on visitor’s first impressions. Your doorway in particular, the entryway to your home, can completely alter the overall aesthetic of the exterior of your property. At Rural Timber, our team of talented, experienced joiners are committed to crafting bespoke hardwood doors, using only sustainable, high quality timbers.

 

Discover the benefits of upgrading your home with bespoke hardwood doors below:

Durability

Oak is a hardwood, which is a widely used material for crafting high quality, durable furniture. When compared to uPVC, hardwood doors are superior in how cost-effective they are, as you don’t have to compromise on quality. Their durability allows a long life span with only minimal maintenance, providing a worthwhile choice for your new doors.

Insulation

As a natural form of insulation, hardwood can withstand different climates and weather conditions. After installation, you may also notice the cost of your energy bills begin to drop, as hardwood doors are great for reducing heat loss in your home.

Sustainable Wood

At Rural Timbers, we use the finest quality of hardwood which has been sourced from renewable, sustained forests. Our oak and sapele doors offer a stunning natural look which can be stained, varnished or coloured at your request. We always use environmentally friendly water-based micro porous paints and wood stains, as these help your hardwood to breathe to maintain the quality of the wood as well as being kinder to the environment.

Luxury Feel

In comparison to uPVC, hardwood doors offer a more luxurious feel. A solid wood door can often increase the curb appeal of a property, as you can both see and feel the quality when entering. This can also have an influence on the impression people have on the rest of your home when entering.

Unique Design

All hardwood doors are completely distinctive. Every tree is unique in its contours, grains and colouring. This unique look can build character and add charm to your home design, with any additional touches, such as glass window panels, added by our team of craftsmen.

 

We also offer a bespoke service, meaning that we can produce products to fit your requirements.

Upgrading to Hardwood Doors

At Rural Timbers, we are a family business based just outside of Worcester and have been manufacturing since 1973. We offer beautiful handcrafted natural hardwood doors which are built to last. In addition to hardwood doors and windows, we also offer beautiful hardwood orangeries and conservatories to extend your home and enjoy your garden more.

 

For more information on hardwood doors or to request a quote, call our team today on 01905 841199.