You will find wooden windows fitted throughout many Australian homes, whether they be mountain retreats, beachside shacks or your standard 3-bedroom suburban. Why has timber remained such a popular material when it comes to fitting windows?
Advantages of Timber Windows
Australians have an ongoing love affair with timber, so often it is chosen as a window frame for purely aesthetic reasons. Timber window frames can have a beautiful grain, be stained to retain the natural charm and can help a home to match in with the surrounding environment. In practical terms, timber can act as a natural thermal dampener making it the energy efficient choice.
Wooden Casement Windows
Wooden casement windows are a great choice in a hot climate, since their side hinges allow them to open outward. This means you can actually angle the windows to direct cooler breezes into the house. Traditional casement windows often feature leadlighting or some other form of latticing to add a decorative feature to the windows.
Double Hung Windows or Single?
If you are looking to replace existing timber frames you may be asked whether you want new wooden windows double hung or single...and whilst that may be confusing, it is important to know the difference. A typical single hung window will consist of an upper panel of glass which is fixed in place, and a lower panel which will slide up and down. A double hung window, however, is composed of two panels which can both be moved up and down. It is ultimately a matter of homeowner choice.