Why choose wood

Timber has been used for building and decorating our homes for thousands of years and is a natural, sustainable building material that is environmenatally friendly. Timber, when looked after can last for tens of years if not hundreds of years and with the ever growing range of wood preservatives, treatments and finishes, maintenance can be reduced to a coat of paint or stain every 7 years depending on geographic location and oriententation. Timber products are also the best natural insulator, are strong and can be easily repaired as well as being available in any size, shape and colour of your choice.

Why timber, why not plastic?

Plastic or PVC-u windows as they're better known became popular during the mid 1990's and early 2000 due to they're perceived low maintenance and affordability but in recent years many people are switching back to wood due to human health and the environmental issues that surround these types of windows including the monetary cost and environmental cost of disposal.

A recent Greenpeace report highlights many of these issues and the benefits afforded by choosing timber windows and doors as long as the wood is environmentally sourced.

"The production and disposal of PVC-u windows leads to the release of highly poisonous chemicals which threathen health. PVC-u production involves no less than six of the fifteen most hazardous chemicals listed by European governments for priority elimination.

Timber is a sustainable resource. As long as the timber is sourced from properly managed forests and care is taken in the choice of preservatives, paints and stains, timber windows are by far the best environmental choice."

Source: Greenpeace UK, PVC-u or timber windows - Which is best?

PVC-u windows can also, in some extremes, even lower the resale price of your house if poorly fitted or not fitted in keeping with the esthetics of the area.

Which timber?

Timber is generally available in either softwood or hardwood with some softwoods being harder than hardwoods and vice versa but generally hardwoods are better as they are generally more resistant to rot.

We at Rudd Joinery take great care in choosing timbers that are environmentally sourced from managed forests and work with both softwoods and hardwoods. Some of the more popular timber we stock and work with are:

Hardwoods

  • Sapele
  • American white oak
  • European oak
  • Ash
  • Black american walnut
  • Maple
  • Iroko
  • Tulip

Softwoods

  • Redwood / pine
  • Douglas fir

As well as a choice of different timbers you also have a range of wood treatments and finishes which help to increase the woods life expectancy. All external joinery supplied by us is treated and then white primed or base stained as standard.

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