If you consider having wooden windows at your house, it is worth looking closely at some elements significantly affecting wooden windows quality.
Choosing the right wood for windows depends on what our needs are and what visual effects do we want to achieve.
PINE WINDOWS And so ... pine is the cheapest and therefore the most commonly used wood for windows.
MERANTI WINDOWS If you plan to invest in wooden windows and at the same time you would like your windows to be significantly better, MERANTI is a very good and popular solution.
OAK WINDOWS Oak is by far the best building material to be found in native deciduous trees. Oak wood is hard, very durable and resistant to abrasion. It is characterized by high durability and immunity to changing moisture conditions.
The elite group of carpenters produce glulam fully independently to secure every production step. We make sure that the wood comes from ecological, certified regions. Moreover, we use unique, patented technique of joining elements ensuring that our clients get products that are timeless, durable and resistant to changing weather conditions, always air-tight and warm.
Third: the kind of window.
SINGLE WINDOWS are the most common windows in Poland. This name originates from the fact that a pane is assembled in one window frame, depending on the window thickness and its structure.
Nowadays windows may have many sashes and various styles and finishings. This kind of windows is often set in place of the old ones because of their lower price, high usability and wide availability.
DOUBLE WINDOWS Wooden double windows are most often used in large, residential buildings, usually in renovated manor houses or historic palaces. Our Joinery Studio has already designed and assembled many double windows, reconstructed on the base of old windows. We have also realised modernising projects where various types of windows having single and double panes were joint.
SASH WINDOWS This type is very common in Anglosphere. We believe they are wonderfully practical and beautiful. In other languages these windows are sometimes called "guillotine" windows, and this name characterises them the best. The upper sash is usually fixed and the bottom one can be moved up and down. It is a good solution for those who want to have a lot of space inside the room and use the surface of window sill.
SLIDING WINDOWS This kind of windows works well for high windows - often used on balconies. One sash is fixed and the other moves along it on a special rail. It is an offer for those who want to be sure that the window will stay open and gusts of wind will not make it shut out of the blue.
Muntins are used both as an element corresponding with traditional architecture and as a contemporary decorative element. Muntins are slats that divide a window into smaller panels. Nowadays real muntins, so called construction muntins, are used more and more seldom.
Beautiful wooden windows may be practically treated as works of art. They can have carvings, decorative cornices and pilasters, often becoming a beautiful and unique detail in sophisticated style.
Preservationists usually demand reconstruction of windows - especially of wooden and double windows - with wood, as a requirement in renovation of historic buildings
Painting surfaces is another story. Paints can be divided into two groups. For those who prefer the woodgrain to be visible Lazur varnishes are recommended. However more and more windows are painted with opaque paints, especially in shades of white and grey.
Surface of wood needs to be treated with substance blocking resin or tannin leaking. Then the wood is covered twice with finishing varnish providing the effect wanted by a customer. The last layer is a special varnish providing matt, semi-gloss or gloss effect on wood. These last two layers give the window a finishing touch. They also protect wood against sunlight and fading.
The best joineries paint window elements separately and only then all these elements are assembled together. Here lies the great mystery and the keystone of the production quality - process conversion. First, paint components, then - put them together. Even if the wood still changes, this technique enables the surface to stay unchanged for many years. Therefore, it is worth asking your carpenter which technique of painting is used, for there is no sadder thing than to see windows or doors that are cracked after a few years, especially if you paid a lot of money for them.
What would be a truly beautiful window without properly selected glass. Not only is the window a part of the house that is supposed to protect house-dwellers from the cold, it is also the frame we see the outside world in.
Manufacturers offer a wide range of glass, but after years of experience we cooperate with only few suppliers. What counts for us is the precision of joints, excellent performance, timeliness and quality of the delivered glass forms. With various joint options, our customers can also choose a combination of metal, stained glass or bevelled glass.
Seventh: warm and passive assembly.
In case of windows a special attention must be paid to assembly. Even the most beautiful windows will be useless if your carpenter will not assemble them properly.
Let us start with a warm assembly. One should use this assembly to install windows in an energy efficient or passive house to let the windows perform the best they can. Depending on the wall structure various components can be used such as airtight foils, vapour-barrier tapes and special bloating tapes.
Passive assembly is a kind of warm assembly. The difference is that in case of traditional warm assembly the window is set within the wall of the building, whilst in passive assembly it is out of the wall, embedded in the insulation layer.