Windows must be strong and durable to withstand New Zealand’s frequent weather changes. However, they must also be well designed to suit your needs and blend into the existing architecture. We discuss why timber frames are the material of choice and list some of our favourite timber frame joinery designs so you can make an informed choice when choosing a window solution for your residence.
Offering a timeless and rustic feel, timber is a versatile material that can be stained or painted in any colour to compliment your home. Unlike aluminium, it is also a natural insulator that prevents heat from escaping during cold months and doesn’t attract as much condensation. Not only will this keep your home nice and warm but it will also help you save on electricity bills. Regular sealant reapplication and maintenance will ensure the wood stays weather tight, preventing any damage or rot.
The options for window designs are endless, and we can’t possibly list them all in one sitting. Here are four of the best timber frame joinery designs that we think are the most popular and will offer a timeless appeal, blending seamlessly into any house design.
True to its name, sliding windows slide open when pushed to their side. As one of the most inexpensive options, this simple window type is easy to use due to the installation of tracks above and below the window. Sliding windows are highly versatile and perfect for locations that don’t have enough space for hinged windows, making them one of the most popular choices in residential homes.
Unlike a single-hung window that operates with just one moveable sash, a double-hung window features two moveable sashes that allow for either the top or bottom half of the window to be open at a time. This commonly chosen option is easy to use and popular with homeowners that prefer having multiple ventilation choices.
A casement window is attached to the frame by one or more hinges at the side, allowing it to swing open vertically, akin to how a door operates. This window design is popular in bungalow houses as it provides increased airflow and full manoeuvrability. Most homeowners also install bungalow retrofit double-glazed glass options to minimise heat loss and add value to their property.
Similar to a casement window, an awning window is attached to the frame with one or more hinges but connected horizontally to the top instead. This makes for a horizontal outward swinging window from the bottom and offers greater privacy options than other window types.
A lone timber frame is only complete when combined with a high-quality glass solution. This pairs rustic and modern influences to create a beautiful, finished window that provides ample natural light and insulation. Older windows can also be upgraded with new timber frames and glazing options suited to your lifestyle.
Choose between double glazing, thermal glass, and acoustic glass choices. Double glazed windows comprise two layers of glass, with a layer of insulated air sandwiched between, offering the best thermal and sound insulation. The thermal glass comes in two options: low E Glass or overlaying laminate. Both options boast excellent solar control, sound, and thermal insulation properties, making them a perfect all-rounder. Acoustic glass is laminated, featuring a limpid resin interlayer perfect for optimum sound reduction.
Wood never goes out of style, so you need superior glass choices with your timber frames. As the leading supplier of window glass options and double glazing in Auckland, Atlas Glass specialises in timber joinery glazing that can be customised to suit every type of window. Reach out to us today for a guaranteed glazing solution that you will love for years.
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