With a wide variety of sturdy materials to choose from the market, homeowners have more
choices for the essential components of their house than ever before. Windows are the eyes of your home, and a perfect window frame is a
necessity for home lovers. Wooden windows, in particular, have this
timeless beauty that makes a great architectural detail in any home.
However, it is not only their aesthetic appeal that makes them an
optimum choice, but a lot more of advantages to consider too. Here’s
a helpful guide to reflect on the benefits, drawbacks, various types,
and maintenance tips of wooden windows.
1. What’s not to love
about wooden windows?
There is no argument that
wooden windows add an element of visual beauty to any architectural
design they grace – a fact that makes them the first choice for
discerning architects, builders and homeowners the world over.
Wood also enhances the
value of most homes. Natural materials have a unique beauty and
that’s why most window frames attempt to mimic the look of wood.
There is no reason to settle for a cheap imitation if you can afford
the real deal.
Plus, there are a number
of designs you can choose from. From bay windows to storm windows,
the option are endless.
Quality wooden window frames are actually
the best insulators available today. Wood provides 400 times more
insulation than steel and 1,800 times more than aluminum-framed
windows. In the long run, wood framed windows could save you from a
lot of money since this additional insulation bonus will help keep
your home cool from the unbearable Philippine heat all year round.
Moreover, quality wood
windows last much longer and have a lower whole life cost. With the
proper care, wood will last a lifetime. This cannot be said for most
other frames. Wood windows are not prone to rust, hence a plus point
for houses in the Philippines considering the country’s high
2. Some downsides of
windows have a number of
advantages that can boost any homeowner’s thoughts on purchasing
wood as a solid design for windows. However, a few drawbacks need to
be considered before making the deal.
Wood is a critical
material to take care of. If left untreated, it will eventually rot
or start to look old. Often, untreated window frames will swell from
moisture, making it difficult to raise or lower the window. This is
especially true for houses in the coastal areas. These homes
generally require much more attention and care.
Termites are common
insects evident in any Filipino home that has a piece of wooden
structure not properly painted and taken care of. Since wood is
vulnerable to these insects, it is a must to paint the wood to ward
In addition, wooden
windows have a much higher initial cost than any of the other
materials used in window production. Keep in mind though, that wood
lasts longer compared to other materials. As noted earlier, wood
doesn’t rust. Many homeowners also feel that the rich, solid,
traditional appearance of genuine wood more than makes up for its
initial cost difference.
3. Common types of
Wooden windows are
classified into several types. The most popular type in the
Philippine market is the fixed window. This type of window is less
expensive and more energy efficient than other windows because the
sash doesn't open. Often used as architectural accents, fixed windows
come in many sizes and shapes.
Casement windows compose
of a hinged sash that swings out with a push or a hand crank. The
full-height opening characteristic provides maximum ventilation, but
the sash can suffer damage if left open in the rain.
Slider wooden windows are
also used in some living rooms. It has one or two sashes that move
horizontally like a patio door. This type is easy to use because you
don't have to lift the sashes. Although, you may want to keep an eye
on the lower tracks because it will need occasional cleaning.
4. Glazing options for
Vintage single-pane glass
can't be beat for character, but it provides little protection
against the heat. With today's glass also known as glazing,
you can get more insulation and added security, and can save time and
money on window washing. Moreover, wooden windows are now available
pre-glazed, so that they will require no further treatment once
installed. You might have to consider hiring a windows
contractor for setting up your
wooden framed glazed window. Here are a few glazing options:
Double-pane is much more
efficient than a single-pane glass, since it can be improved further
with heat-reflective coatings and by filling the space between the
glass sheets with a denser gas, such as krypton or argon.
Self-cleaning is a
titanium-dioxide coating that reacts with sunlight to loosen dirt,
which washes off in the rain. Keep in mind that you still have to
clean the indoor surfaces.
An invisible layer of
plastic sandwiched between two sheets of standard glass, the
unbreakable glazing helps foil intruders, block sound, and withstand
earthquakes and hurricanes.
5. Wooden window
While wooden windows can
be left sitting pretty, they do require regular maintenance. Spotting
problems early is a good way to save you time and money in the long
run. While many repairs are complicated, the simple, regular
maintenance you can perform to keep your windows in good condition
are quite straightforward. No matter what kind of wooden frame your
window has, it does need to be taken care of. This includes cleaning
it regularly, and checking it for signs of damage
You may begin by dusting
off the window frame with a clean, dry cloth. Follow up by getting
the cloth damp through soaking in soapy water and wringing out. If
you have a cleaning product specifically for cleaning wood that you
wish to use, you should do so.
Scrub your wooden window
with the damp, soapy cloth that you have. It should be clean in no
time. Remember to wash your window and the surrounding area after
cleaning your frame, as it may have gotten dirty in the process.
Also, check the condition
of your wooden frames. If problems are present, your window frame may
require repairs and you may need to contact a professional repair man.