Timber windows - the natural choice; HOMES: INTERIORS.
What is more, the British Woodworking Federation's (BWF) accreditation scheme, the TWA Scheme, provides valuable guarantees that ensure your timber windows require little maintenance and enjoy a long life.
If you need a reason to buy timber windows, try any of these:
Good quality timber windows make your home more desirable and add value. Research has shown that the installation of inappropriate replacement windows is often a reason for buyers being put off a property or reluctant to pay the asking price, a view often supported by home improvement TV programmes.
Today's housebuilders frequently specify timber windows as a mark of quality - in generations of buildings, timber windows have stood the test of time while their proportions and detailing lend elegance and style.
The TWA Scheme requires its window manufacturer members to guarantee their timber for 30 years against rot, fungal and insect attack; ten years for weatherseals, glass and all hardware; up to eight years for paints and five years for stains.
All windows produced by TWA Scheme manufacturers carry a permanent tamper- evident label that is fully traceable and is affixed to the window frame. It even features the manufacturer's name and telephone number in case you have any questions on maintenance.
If the manufacturers' guarantees of the TWA Scheme are not enough to assure householders, the TWA Scheme has now joined forces with the BSI Kitemark, the recognised symbol of quality and safety. Just look for the TWA Scheme label and the BSI Kitemark for hassle-free and fully guaranteed timber windows.
Timber windows are environmentally sound. By the end of 2004, TWA Scheme manufacturers will only use wood from well managed renewable sources although most members are already doing so as a matter of course. Timber is the only truly renewable resource for windows.
Timber is an excellent natural insulator and, when coupled with the latest in double glazing units, has no problem in forming windows that exceed the Building Regulations requirement for energy efficiency.
TWA Scheme windows are tested against air and water penetration by independent assessors while a ten year guarantee on the weather seal around a window will ensure you stay warm and dry.
Many timber windows are primed or fully finished in the factory.
As a result, they are put together in ideal conditions using modern paint technologies which provide greater durability.
If you ever want to change the colour, timber windows have the advantage that all you have to do is apply a coat or two of paint.
As with any other window material, as long as they are wiped over regularly, they will only need a quick rub down and one coat of paint prior to repainting.
For more information on accredited timber windows, call the BWF on 0870 458 6939, or visit the website at www.bwf.org.uk
THE MARK OF HIGH QUALITY: Good quality timber windows make your home more desirable and add value which is why more and more homebuyers are recognising the aesthetic and practical benefits that they offer.; BEST VALUE: Timber windows are a wise financial investment.