THE NATURAL CHOICE
Throughout human history, artisans with a vision for versatility, strength and longevity have crafted with wood because of its unique qualities.
In the past few decades, there has been a move away from wood in favour of engineered products, such as aluminium, fibreglass and vinyl. While the desire to not rely on the world’s forests for building demands is well-intentioned, the advantages of wood as a material still outweigh other products on the market when looking at the customization capabilities, environmental impact and performance.
Wood’s strength, flexibility and ability to weather extreme climates exemplify its natural origins, embodying the same qualities that allow trees to grow strong and live long. Centuries old wood fenestration offers a testimony to the performance of wood and the skill of those who work with it.
- Wood is a natural insulator due to air pockets within its cellular structure, which can reduce the energy required to maintain temperature.
- Wood can exchange moisture with the surrounding air, providing a buffer against short-term changes in humidity and temperature.
- Wood windows and doors are one of the lowest cost opportunities for energy reduction and climate change mitigation goals.
- Doors and windows made with wood can be manufactured to fit any size opening.
- Endless options for special shapes and profiles.
- The surface handles various treatments and finishes well, allowing for greater customization.
- Can be maintained and restored to increase the lifespan of the product.
- Presents an incredible range of aesthetic options.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
- The use of wood material has physiological and psychological benefits that mimic the effect of spending time outside in nature.
- The feelings of natural warmth and comfort that wood elicits can lower blood pressure and heart rates, and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Wood absorbs sound, rather than reflecting or amplifying it, and can help significantly reduce noise levels for additional comfort.
- Studies show wood has an overall positive impact on wellbeing. See the report here: Wood and Human Health
- Wood is a material that can be grown and regrown through natural processes.
- Wood has low embodied energy; the energy needed to extract, process, manufacture, transport, construct and maintain a material or product.
- When exposed to natural climate conditions, wood will break down much more quickly and actually replenish the soil in the process.
- When conditions for wood are optimized, the lifespan of wood fenestration can easily outlive the lifespan of the tree
- Resistant to heat, frost, corrosion and pollution.