Multilayer Timber6 comments
One major concern when crafting our bespoke wooden window frames is the 'movement' of the timber that we use in construction. Typically timber falls into one of three categories – large, medium or small, movement – which determines the amount that the wood will move when it absorbs moisture from the air. This can cause problems such as warping and cracking depending on whether the wood becomes too wet or too dry.
Although we can take steps to minimise the impact of water absorption, through various practises such as drying the timber and treating it with...
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Hardwood Timber And Softwood Timber37 comments
Many clients who come to us often find themselves at the threshold of refurbishment, looking to renovate their house for the first time. Understandably at this point they don't much of an idea about what it is they want to do, let alone how they're going to do it or with what. One question that we ask of those looking to fit new timber windows to their home is whether they are looking for hardwood or softwood.
“Hardwood.” Comes back the...
It is extremely important for the timber used in window frame construction to have been acclimatised before the frames are put in place. Timber that is too wet or too dry can cause a range of problems, from minute aesthetic issues to important safety concerns.
The reason for this is that wood is a hygroscopic material. This means that, much like the potatoes you will have experimented on in school, the timber will try...
Energy loss vs Energy saving5 comments
Whilst a major concern with old single glazed windows is that they simply let in too much noise, there is a shining problem with energy efficiency that they have also inherited. Often new double glazed, energy efficient windows, will offer a marked 30% increase in heat preservation compared to the old brand.
Poorly constructed, or often times simply old, doors and windows will let in drafts causing heat loss during...
Water-based Paint On Exterior Timber5 comments
Timber products that face the outside world, i.e. windows and external doors, suffer the worst that the environment can offer. They have to be resilient to changes in temperature, weather conditions and infection. As such, it is very important to consider what products you use as an outer cover for your timber.
Externally exposed wooden window frames that are not protected with a finishing coat will weather badly inducing the timber's colour to fade, causing aesthetic damage, though the problems aren't just skin deep. Timber that...
uPVC – A Tragic Love Story10 comments
For years now I assume you, like me, have been plagued by cold calling double glazing salesmen trying to offload their products in order to earn themselves a commission. These people have no interest in the actual properties of the products they are selling, the effects they might be having upon the environment or the actual issues that may arise from placing uPVC windows in your property. Found implanted in most houses up and down the country, an alien visiting the planet would be forgiven for thinking that we are inexorably amorous with these white rectangles.
A Brief History of Lead Glass1 comment
Though uncommon nowadays, owing to the fact that we’ve discovered that the chemical is poisonous, lead glass was once a common material used in the construction of many things from liquid vessels to windows throughout the ages. Empire to empire, lead glass was used in various forms for its decorative properties.
The inclusion of lead oxide in the manufacturing of glass has a tripartite effect on its production.
- First of all it raises the refractive index (RI), meaning that the resultant product basically produces a sparkling effect, as seen with Diamonds,...
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A Brief History of Stained Glass6 comments
Stained glass has a rich and colourful 1000 year history. Whilst many people may think of it as a bright and illustrious material that fills the hallowed halls of Churches with pretty pictures marking the life of Christ, this doesn't take into consideration the incredible amount of artistic and scientific craftsmanship that has to go into creating such pieces.
Stained glass is made in a variety of ways, though these predominantly fall into two categories:
-Glass that is died in production...
The Problem of Pollution1 comment
Pollution has become a major global problem ever since the Industrial Revolution. We have been burning gasses and producing chemicals at a noxious rate for over a century now and it’s becoming more and more evident that this is extremely detrimental to our health and the planet’s future. We need only look at the pictures of smog from China to realise that something is going desperately wrong, and see that something has to give!
Well, we’re trying to push forwards as a company with the green movement...
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Security Glass2 comments
Unfortunately we don’t live in a world in which we can leave our doors unlocked and our houses protected. Whilst we don’t want to scaremonger, as the threat of a break in is relatively low, it is always a weight off of your shoulders knowing that you house is as secure as it can be.
One way of ensuring this is by using security glass in your window frames. Found throughout many service industries such as jewellers and banks, this glass is smash resistant and often bulletproof. Whilst this may not be particularly pertinent for your...
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