Winter Checks for Timber Windows

Winter Checks for Timber Windows

Bespoke timber windows not only provide a wonderful finishing touch to your home, when hand made to your exact specifications from high quality, sustainably sourced woods, they also provide a solution that will last for many, many years, providing you treat them with a little care when necessary.

At Rural Timber Window Company, we craft all timber windows from woods that are not only taken from sustained forests, but also naturally resistant to wood rot, for example, Oak, Sapele and Accoya. We also finish timber with environmentally friendly water based paints or stains to achieve the finish of your choice, whilst also protecting the wood, allowing it to breathe, and to last for years and years.

Potential problems to look out for

Whether your windows are newly installed or a few years old, with winter fast approaching, it’s always advisable to carry out a few winter checks to make sure your windows stay protected in the coldest months.

The start of  Autumn is always a good time to make winter checks on all wooden window frames, helping you to carry out any maintenance if necessary, before winter sets in. The most important things to look out for are any signs that a window is letting moisture in. Look for signs of:

  • Water leaking continually onto a window – whilst wood paints and stains help to protect windows, a constant flow of water onto the window can cause damage over time, so it’s important to find the source of water and repair it.
  • Cracks in the wood – cracks allow water to get into the wood, causing damage to the internal material of your window frames, which can extend into the interior of your home.
  • Peeling paint – peeling paint suggests that water is getting underneath the paint surface and damaging the wood beneath.

Water very quickly causes damage to any material that it is able to penetrate, so these checks are very important for helping make sure your timber window frames last for years to come.

When checking your windows for potential water damage, you can make sure all locks are working properly, all seals are intact, and that there is no movement around joints that could let draughts and moisture into your home.

Painting wooden windows

Just because timber frames are painted and treated when they are installed, this does not mean that they won’t need a new coat of paint or wood stain every few years to help keep the wood in great condition. It’s always advisable to check on the condition of your windows every five years or less. Should the paint be peeling off in places, or the stain fading, it’s advisable to repaint your windows to prevent any damages.

Bespoke timber windows in Worcestershire and surrounding counties

If you are looking for a versatile, bespoke and durable window frame solution for your home, then timber windows could be the perfect choice for you.

For more information on timber windows in all styles, please contact Rural Timber Window Company by calling 01905 841199.

Why to Choose Timber Bi-Fold Doors for Your Patio

Why to Choose Timber Bi-Fold Doors for Your Patio

 Your doors are the portals to your home. They should make a statement about your home style and security, while greeting visitors with a warm welcome. Timber Bi-Fold Doors are made with a series of panels which slide across to open, similar to a concertina. This stylish addition to your patio can be perfect on summer days to allow the fresh air to circulate your property.

Explore the benefits of choosing Timber Bi-Fold Doors for your patio below:

Benefits of Timber Bi-Fold Doors

Many people choose to have a mostly glass design for their patio Timber Bi-Fold Doors, as this can really open up a space. It also allows you to have a clear view from outside, to enjoy throughout the hot summers, auburn autumns and snowy winters.

 

These large windows will also allow more natural light to shine through and create the illusion of a larger living area. It can also elevate a space during garden parties, making it easy for large numbers of guests to navigate throughout the outdoor and indoor areas.

Unlike traditional doors which open into the living space, Timber Bi-Fold Doors will fold neatly to the side. Thereby taking up minimal space and providing a tidy door solution.

Why Choose Timber

Timber is a natural material, favourably used in construction because of its durability and sustainability. In addition, it is energy efficient, a great insulator for homes and uses less energy to work with, in comparison to other building materials. Timber is also very easy to work with, as it can be cut and shaped to fit most construction plans, making it a versatile material.

 

The natural, clean and sharp look of Timber can also frame doors nicely and blend in with most home designs. Being durable also means it requires minimal maintenance, to keep the rear of your home looking great at all times.

Why Upgrade Your Doors Now

During lockdown, many of us have splashed out on decorating supplies to clean up our home interiors. With newly hung wallpaper and fresh coats of paint, why not consider the bigger picture? New doors can transform a space and improve room insulation dramatically.

 

If your doors are beginning to look tired, are quite old fashioned in design or are too weak to provide reliable home security, upgrade with Timber Bi-Fold Doors. The perfect way to elevate your home with a modern design and long lasting material.

Enquiring about Timber Bi-Fold Doors

At Rural Timber Window Company Limited we are dedicated to providing specialist bespoke joinery services to homes and businesses across the Midlands. With a customer focused service, environmental awareness and a drive to achieve perfection, our team is here to help. Browse our range of joinery services and call 01905 841199 to receive your quote!

A brief history of French Doors

A brief history of French Doors

 

 

Whether you call them French windows or French doors, there is actually very little French about the origins of this type of opening.  It is widely believed that the earliest examples of French doors originated in Italy, Greece and Rome, and that the fact they are named ‘French doors’ or windows is more due to the fact they were popular in 17th Century France, inspired as a result of their victories in the Italian Wars, and therefore exposure to Renaissance design and architecture.

What do we mean by Renaissance design?

The Renaissance was a period between the 14th and 16th centuries in Europe, and the design and architecture of this time is very much inspired by the ancient Romans and Greeks.  It pays homage to the design features we would associate with the Romans, such as geometry, symmetry, columns, lintels and arches.

How did the Renaissance period influence window design?

During the Renaissance period, windows became high and rectangular.  They often featured balconies, so perhaps this was the start of windows doubling up as doors.

Windows were often set within semi circular arches and predominantly, they were used to bring light into a building and architecture as a whole.

Upon their return from the Italian Wars, the French took inspiration from these Renaissance designs, and they became a popular architectural feature across France.  They added their own spin to the design, by incorporating multiple panes of glass held by mullions.

French windows continued to grow in popularity through the Baroque period, as the windows became doors – used externally and internally to give not only the practicality of an opening but to allow plenty of natural light to penetrate the building.

How have French Doors evolved

French windows are generally considered to be narrower than doors, so the products that we find widely available today are French Doors.  Traditionally, they would have been made from wood and iron, though many today are uPVC, which loses some of the aesthetic appeal.

Find out more about French Doors and Windows from Rural Timbers

If you would like to bring the charm, natural light and Renaissance styling of French Doors to your home please speak to our team at Rural Timbers.  We combine expert craftsmanship with high quality sustainable wood products to produce bespoke French Doors and Windows to suit the style of your home.

Please call us on 01905 841199 or click here to email us with your enquiry, we look forward to speaking with you about your ideas and requirements.

 

Why Choose a Timber Conservatory

Why Choose a Timber Conservatory?

Conservatories have long been a popular solution for home extensions in Worcestershire and throughout the UK. Whilst the majority of modern conservatories feature uPVC frames, in recent years, we have experienced an increased demand for timber conservatories as people look for craftsmanship and more sustainable solutions.

If you are looking to add a conservatory to your home, there will be many considerations to make, certainly in terms of style and material. Here we will discuss the key advantages of timber framed conservatories over the modern uPVC alternative.

Aesthetics

There is no doubt that there is an aesthetic appeal of timber conservatories over uPVC conservatories. The natural grains of hardwood add texture, and a timeless style and elegance to home extensions. Whilst some modern uPVC frames feature a wooden effect, they cannot compare to the real thing.

There are many different timbers suitable for conservatory frames, and with water based paints and stains, many different colours are available for a natural, but stylish and luxurious look.

If you live in a period property, or a more traditional home, it’s also important to consider that a timber conservatory is more sympathetic and complementary to the overall aesthetics of your home, when compared with modern uPVC frames.

Bespoke

Whilst uPVC framed conservatories are available in different period styles, including Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, wooden conservatories can be shape to your liking, allowing for much more flexibility in the final design of your conservatory. Crafted by expert joiners, a timber conservatory is completely bespoke.

Environmentally friendly

As consumers, we are certainly becoming more environmentally conscious, so evironmentally friendly materials and manufacturing methods are a key consideration when choosing a new conservatory.

Hardwood timber conservatories are certainly much better for the environment as they are made from a natural, biodegradable material. In contrast, uPVC is harmful to the environment as the manufacturing processes required to produce uPVC emit dangerous carbon emissions, and the material is not biodegradable once it is discarded.

It’s important to consider that timber is quite the opposite and has carbon benefits. Living wood absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen, growing as a result of sunlight and rainfall. Even during the preparation for wood to be used in construction, it doesn’t require intensive treatment or fossil fuels.

Sustainable materials

As well as being environmentally friendly, timber is also a sustainable material. Timber frames are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable and at Rural Timber Window Company, we use only woods that are taken from a completely sustainable forests.

Durability

Consider that wood is still used in constructing foundations and support beams for homes, even in 2020. High quality timber is a highly strong, durable, long-lasting material. At Rural Timber Window Company, we use woods that are naturally resistant to rot, for example, Oak, Sapele and Accoya.

In general, uPVC conservatories have a life expectancy of around 30 years, depending on how well they are maintained. In contrast, timber conservatories can last for as long as 100 years and they are easy to maintain.

Timber Conservatories and Orangeries

To enquire about a timber conservatory for your home, please contact Worcester based Rural Timber Window Company today. With decades of experience, our skilled craftsmen will deliver fantastic bespoke joinery services that will exceed your expectations.

Call today on 01905 841199, or contact us online.

 

 

5 of the best reasons to invest in a bespoke timber door for your property

5 of the best reasons to invest in a bespoke timber door for your property

Example of a bespoke timber door from Rural Timber based in Worcester

The frontage of your home provides the ultimate opportunity to express your sense of style and personal choices.  From the design of your windows to the paint colour and type of front door, these are the first things people see when they come to your house, so use them to make a statement and a great first impression.  One of the most noticeable elements of your property frontage is the door, and one of the best choices you can make to showcase your own sense of style and elevate your exterior is a bespoke timber door.

Here we explain our top 5 reasons for investing in a bespoke hardwood door for your home:

Timber doors are the long lasting choice

If looked after properly, timber doors can last for a considerable time, perhaps sixty years or longer.  If your hardwood door has been treated with specialist paints or stains it will also have additional protection against the elements, to help prevent warping.

This durable choice means that your investment is a wise one, as once replaced, your timber door will most likely outlast your time living at that address and be ready to serve the new tenants after you have moved house.

Classic and timeless design

Trends come and go, but wood never goes out of fashion.  Hardwood doors are a classic choice for your property frontage and whilst everything else around it, such as paint colours, may be subject to fashionable changes, the solid wood door will stand as a timeless feature, complementing any scheme.

Excellent insulating properties

In addition to their aesthetic charm, timber doors also offer excellent insulating properties.  They can help to keep the heat in during the winter months and out during summer.  Solid wooden doors also offer improved security properties compared to flimsy composite doors or those which feature a lot of glass.

Made to measure

By selecting a door manufacturer that offers bespoke options, you can have your solid timber front door made to measure, ensuring a perfect fit. You can choose the style and wood to best fit your property and the shade of stain and door furniture that will best compliment your exterior decor.

Limited environmental impact

As a natural resource, wood is an excellent choice for those looking to limit their environmental impact.  New trees can be planted to ensure that wood continues to be sustainable, and as solid wood doors don’t need to be replaced as often as other alternatives, this adds to their green credentials.

Bespoke Timber Doors from Rural Timbers

At Rural Timbers we specialise in creating bespoke timber doors and windows to complement a wide range of properties.  Our timber doors are made from the highest quality oak, sapele or accoya in traditional or contemporary styles, to accommodate the age and style of your home.  To find out more or to request a quote please call us on 01905 841199 or click here for more information.

 

 

What to Consider When Restoring a Period Property

What to Consider When Restoring a Period Property

At Rural Timber Window Company, we are passionate about preserving period properties and traditional craftsmanship. If you are looking to restore and renovate a heritage building, our expert team are on hand to walk you through the most important considerations you should be making.

Preservation of original features

Period features such as timber windows, doors and conservatories are key to defining and celebrating the heritage of a period property. As a result, when you are looking to make restorations, preserving these original features is absolutely essential to keep the character of the building. Should traditional sash or casement windows require replacing, they should be replaced with new bespoke timber windows to maintain character, whilst improving security and energy efficiency.

Choose suitable materials

Any changes designed to compliment the heritage of a period property should make use of suitable materials that are in fitting with the existing architecture and features. Whilst uPVC solutions with ‘wood effect’ are widely available, they are not in keeping with the rest of a period building. It’s important to source quality timber materials to properly restore a heritage home.

At Rural Timber, we are dedicated to using sustainably sourced timbers including oak, accoya and sapele.

Legalities

Before making any major changes to a heritage building, it’s important to consider any potential planning restrictions. Period properties may have strict conservation regulations in place, designed to protect the heritage of a building.

Specialist tradesmen

When carrying out any restoration work on a period property, be sure to use specialist tradesmen, with experience in working on heritage buildings. Specialist craftsmen have gained the experience, knowledge and attention to detail necessary to work cautiously and sympathetically with older buildings.

For historically accurate representations of bespoke timber windows, doors and other examples of joinery, it’s always necessary to call in the experts.

Get in touch with Rural Timber Window Company

Rural Timber Window Company have been pairing modern technology with traditional craftsmanship since 1973. We create specialist bespoke joinery for homeowners and contractors, adding traditional design elements to modern buildings, as well as caringly restoring period properties, throughout Worcestershire and the neighbouring counties.

 

To discuss your renovation project, or to ask any questions about timber windows and doors for period properties, please call us on 01905 841199 or email us here.

 

 

A History of Wooden Bay Windows

A History of Wooden Bay Windows

 

At Rural Timber Window Company, we handcraft bespoke timber framed windows to suit all styles of property. From traditional designs, through to simplistic and modern windows, we will work to your specification. For all window projects, we believe in traditional timber joinery, combined with modern technology to provide a beautiful solution that will last for many years.

As we regularly work on projects for traditional and heritage properties, it’s important that we do our historical research. In this blog, we will look at the history of wooden bay windows.

The origins of bay windows

A bay window is a window that projects out from the main walls of a building, forming a recess compartment, known as a bay. The word ‘bay’ itself comes from the French word ‘baee’, meaning opening. Wooden timber windows are formed by three or more windows that protrude beyond the exterior wall, creating a compartment.

The origins of bay windows date back to the English Renaissance period, stretching between the late 15th and early 17th centuries. In this time, bay windows were typically found in grand houses and mansions, often at the end of great halls where Lords would receive guests. During the Renaissance period, bay windows often extended from the exterior wall without touching the ground.

During the Gothic era, bays were frequently found in chapels and churches to allow for people to take private worship. By the Victorian era, it was a common feature for homes built at the time to feature bay windows on both lower and higher storeys. Bays have continued to be a popular architectural feature ever since.

Bay or Bow?

Whereas bay windows will usually form an angular square or rectangular, or half-hexagonal or octagonal compartment, bow windows differ in shape, providing a curved, rounded compartment. Bow windows will also usually feature more windows than traditional bay windows; as many as six windows may be used. Given the curved shape and larger number of windows used to form bow windows, they are generally wider than bay windows and do not protrude as far.

The benefits of bespoke bay windows

Bay windows provide a stylish focal point for any home and help let plenty of light into a room. In terms of interior benefits, bay windows help increase the floor space in a room, providing further storage space, or even room for a seat to sit on and enjoy the outdoors.

At Rural Timber Window Company, our experienced joiners manufacture timber bay windows using only sustainable wood products, combined with a selection of double glazing or safety glass options for insulation, safety and security. We also have considerable experience with heritage buildings, so you can rest assured that we will provide bespoke timber windows to that are sympathetic to the heritage and architecture of your property.

For a quote on wooden bay windows for your property, please contact us online.

 

 

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

 

Why Bespoke Timber Windows Are So Popular in Gloucestershire

The county of Gloucestershire is a hot bed for Georgian, Victoria and Edwardian architecture. Period properties in these styles are a key part of the attraction to towns such as Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud, as well as the many Cotswold villages in the county. Given that traditional architecture is much appreciated in Gloucestershire, attracting many people to live in the area, it’s no surprise that bespoke timber windows are prevalent.

Timber Window Styles in Gloucestershire

Beginning in the Georgian period and growing in popularity throughout the Victorian and Edwardian years, timber sash windows were the favoured window style for homes and public buildings. As well as current architecture styles of the time, Tudor style properties saw a resurgence in the Victorian period, and with mock Tudor architecture came casement windows.

Even within the wider styles of sash and casement windows, there are many different types. For example, at different stages, sash windows were popular in different frame configurations; first in eight over eight and six over six, then two over two and one over one, or even multiple panes in the upper sash, with a single large pane in the bottom sash.

During the Victorian period, bay windows were popular in many homes, with sash windows projecting outward from the main walls of the building.

Casement windows were popular in architecture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In mock Tudor style buildings, they commonly feature lattice frameworks in diamonds or rectangles, with small panes of glass.

Victorian casement windows also often feature elaborate glazing bar designs and shaped tops, such as Gothic arches, whereas later casement windows were simpler, featuring larger panes of glass and timber glazing bars.

Protecting the Heritage of Period Buildings

If you are lucky enough to own a period property and would like to upgrade your windows to be more energy efficient, you must contact a business that can provide bespoke timber windows that are sympathetic with the heritage of the building.

At Rural Timber Window Company, our team of highly skilled craftspeople manufacture bespoke window solutions that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. Our windows are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the style of a period building. Based in Worcestershire, we offer our specialist joinery services to homeowners and business owners across Gloucestershire and the Midlands.

We are committed to protecting the heritage of period buildings, whilst also making a strong commitment to the environment, using only renewable and sustainably sourced timbers.

To learn more, please call us on 01905 841199 and we will be glad to help.

 

 

Trends for Timber Windows and Doors to Look Out for in 2020

Trends for Timber Windows and Doors to Look Out for in 2020

 

Hand-crafted timber window frames and doors from Rural Timber Window in Worcester

Trends come and go, but we believe some of the timber window and door trends we expect to see in 2020 will be here to stay for some time as consumers look to replace uPVC windows and doors with more sustainable, higher quality alternatives, and bridge the gap between traditional and modern designs.

Sustainable and environmentally friendly

Over the last few years, homeowners have grown to be increasingly concerned with finding sustainable and environmentally friendly materials when it comes to renovating their home. As a result, we can expect bespoke timber windows and doors to continue to grow in popularity in 2020.

Hand-crafted from timber sourced from sustainable forests, timber windows and doors are manufactured in environmentally friendly ways and have a much small carbon footprint than other materials commonly used for windows and doors.

Combining traditional craftmanship with modern technology, doors and windows manufactured from sustainable woods help to improve insulation, decreasing energy consumption, saving on energy bills, and therefore, having a small environmental impact.

To ensure the eco-friendliest finish for bespoke timber doors and window frames, they can be treated with water-based stains, varnishes, and micro porous paints.

Coloured timber window frames from Rural Timber Window in WorcesterColoured Windows

It’s not only interior décor where homeowners can experiment with colour. Whilst the most popular colour for window frames continues to be white, we expect to see the trend for coloured windows and doors to continue this year. Woods such as Oak, Sapele and Accoya look beautiful in their perfect state, but we expect to see more homeowners choosing timber windows and doors in greens, greys, black and even some more outlandish colours.
An increasing number of homeowners are choosing to invest in matching windows and doors. Black was an especially popular choice in 2019, and we suspect that Black will continue to be the new Black.
Traditional styles
With a growing trend in homeowners choosing traditional wooden craftmanship over modern uPVC, we can expect the popularity of traditional, yet timeless casement windows, sash windows and French doors to increase.

Despite having been popular for centuries, styles such as sash windows fit just as well in modern architecture as they do period properties.

Minimal sightlines

In contrast to the trend of traditional window and door styles we can expect to see in 2020, we also expect to see an increase in more modern style windows, with larger glass panes, and fewer sightlines. Large windows help to create the impression of larger rooms and allow for much more natural light to enter. With more glass surface and fewer sightlines blocking visibility, the effect is multiplied.

Conservatories and orangeries

With an increased focus on natural light, glass conservatories and orangeries are growing in popularity in 2020. By creating a living space with walls that are predominantly glass, with wooden frames, homeowners can increase their living space, whilst also gaining more benefit from enjoying their garden all year round.

If you are renovating your home in 2020, whether you live in a period property, or a modern build, Rural Timber Window Company can deliver the perfect solution. Call now on 01905 841 199 to talk about the project you have in mind.

Decorating Your Timber Windows and Doors Ready for Christmas

Decorating Your Timber Windows and Doors Ready for Christmas

 

When you think of the sort of house you are likely to see on a Christmas card, you may have noticed that snow spattered timber windows and festive wreaths hanging on wooden doors are a mainstay. To help create that classic Christmassy atmosphere in your own home, you can follow our tips for decorating your timber windows and doors.

Festive timber windows

We believe that windows are an overlooked area of the home to decorate at Christmas time, which is a real shame when a few little touches could really make your timber sash or casement windows stand out.

Sash windows

As we have talked about many times in past blogs, sash windows are extremely common in period properties, and increasingly popular in modern homes, as the simplicity of the design works for any style of house.

With sash windows, your key consideration will be to decorate the sills or the top inside of the window, so as not to prevent opening. A fir-tree effect garland is a great way to dress your sash windows – you may even wish to add some baubles.

If you are lucky enough for your sash windows to be in a bay formation, you can stand your Christmas tree in view of the window to create a magical effect inside and out.

If you aren’t blessed with bay windows, hanging a green wreath in your window can also have a similar effect.

Casement windows

Casement windows are certainly well designed for Christmas decorations as they often have deep set windowsills and open outwards. You may decide to hang festive ribbons along your windows, or decorate your sills with faux garlands, fresh holly and mistletoe, or even a decorative Christmas town or nativity scene, if you are feeling extra creative.

LED candles are a great way to light up your timber casement windowsills for Christmas.

Timber doors

Simply put, it wouldn’t be Christmas without dressing your timber door with a classic wreath, especially if it is paired with a festive themed door mat. For the interior of your home, a Christmas themed draught excluder provides a nice touch. Not only does it look the part, it helps to prevent any cold draughts, leaving your home feeling warm and Christmassy.

Garlands can look just as good on doors as windows. Why not hang a festive floral garland over your door frames?

Invest in bespoke timber windows or doors ready for next Christmas!

If you would like to replace your existing windows with high quality, bespoke timber solutions, you can read more on our website, or call us on 01905 841199 to arrange a quote. We use only timber from sustainable forests, manufactured and fitted by hand by experienced craftsmen.