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Timber Window Framing

Timber window frames used to be the choice in New Zealand. Today, it is considered a premium product in windows. Most people do prefer the look and feel of timber. The fact that most other materials have timber imitation options speak for itself. Timber window frames do give buildings character and bring a sense of warmth to them.

Image by Steinar Engeland

​Timber window frames have low conductivity- this means that timber window frames unlike other materials do not lose a lot of heat from inside your of house to the outside. This keeps your home warmer and saves on heating costs. Timber is further in New Zealand a sustainably grown renewable resource, that requires less CO2 emissions in its production and transportation to the building site.

Advantages of timber window frames:

  • The classic look that others want to imitate

  • High insulation value due to the dense material, keeping you warmer in winter

  • It is made from a renewable resource

  • Little to no moisture creation on timber window frames (frames only, glass might still have condensation)

  • Very long lasting if cared for

  • If natural oils or paints are used then the timber frame will naturally degrade or can be potentially reused for a DIY furniture project


Disadvantages of timber window frames:

  • More maintenance work to care for the wood

  • As the wood expands and contracts there is a potential for gaps in between the window frame

  • Wooden window frames often come at a higher cost

  • Wood is potentially vulnerable to insects, termites, and rot (if not maintained properly)

Carpenter Assembling Newly Made Windows
Image by Nathan Fertig
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