Timber or uPVC? Why Timber Wood?
There is a saying we all know which is “money doesn’t grow on trees”, but can it grow from within them? When you start adding quality and beauty to your home, it all adds to the value of the property, which bottom line, means more money in your pocket should you decide to sell later on.
Now I’m sure you will agree, well made timber windows, doors and conservatories are most definitely a quality item and providing the correct style and manufacturer are chosen, they provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional addition to any property, be it modern or of a more traditional style . Therefore, let TimberPlus show you how money really can grow from trees.
Wood is generally regarded as the most sustainable and environmentally favourable building material: whilst growing it absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, during its life as a product it acts as a carbon store, and upon reaching the end of its life it can be recycled or used as a fuel source.
At TimberPlus the suppliers we use have the vital expertise in global timber sourcing, necessary for Joinery businesses like ourselves, to have confidence that the raw materials we use in your windows and doors are not only of the finest quality, but also responsibly sourced. We have strict procedures in place that ensure any sub-standard timbers are rejected and replaced, we don’t just make do.
Pine is an excellent choice whether constructing furniture or building houses. It is most commonly used in the manufacture of doors, windows and furniture dues to being relatively inexpensive and also readily available. It comes in many varieties, from white pine to southern yellow pine. There are currently around 115 different species of pine tree growing throughout the entire world.
Idigbo is a yellow-brown coloured hardwood mostly found in Western Africa and is commonly used as a less expensive alternative to oak due to its likeness when stained in the same colour. Its grain is straight to slightly irregular (sometimes interlocked) and carries a medium to fairly coarse/uneven texture. Although primarily used in the manufacture of windows and doors, idigbo is an excellent timber for other purposes as well due to its medium weight, durability and fantastic stability.
Iroko is a golden-brown coloured hardwood mostly found in Western Africa. Although completely unrelated to the teak family, iroko is sometimes referred to as ‘African teak’. Iroko is almost as durable as teak, but it does not have the same stability. It has an interlocked and sometimes irregular grain, with a coarse but even texture. Used extensively for boat and ship building, iroko is also used frequently in the manufacture of windows and doors (generally outer doors, due to its durability).
Sapele is a reddish-brown hardwood mostly found in Western Africa and is used in a range of ways – from furniture, joinery and cabinetmaking to sports equipment and musical instruments. A fine-textured wood, sapele has an interwoven or wavy grain that interlocks and changes direction. It’s tough durability (with a strength similar to that of oak) and similarities in appearance to mahogany make it an excellent alternative to using genuine mahogany when building furniture, such as cabinets or book cases. Sapele is now one of the most sought-after hardwoods in Europe for the manufacture of doors, windows and flooring.
Hard, heavy and dense, European oak is extremely durable and has a range of uses – from furniture and cabinetmaking to ship building, cooperage and the manufacture of windows and doors. For generations oak has been highly-regarded for its usefulness in the construction of ships as well as timber-framed buildings.