What are some of the best wooden window designs?
Wooden windows are one of the most enduring architectural features. It is difficult to imagine a stylish residence without beautiful windows carved out of timber. Solid wooden windows are sometimes installed with glass panels. When it comes to choosing the right design for your wood windows, you have great many options available in front of you. Some of the most noteworthy wooden window designs are mentioned in the list below:
Casement windows – Casement windows are one of the most common window designs. This type of windows is generally made of glass panels, wooden rails and wooden windows frame. When opened, casement windows allow maximum flow of air and natural light inside the house. Even when closed, glass panelled windows help your rooms to be sunny and cheerful. French windows are full height casement windows. They are generally installed in the terraces or in those areas of a building that open towards the garden.
Bent windows – Bent windows are the legacies of art nouveau buildings. Their use is limited in contemporary architecture. You may install these windows in the rounded corners of your building. They may also be installed in the front façade of the house. To complement the design of these wooden windows, plan a half moon balcony in front of them.
Picture windows – Wood framed picture windows are installed on top of existing casement windows or doors. They can also be installed in such areas of your home which boasts of a charming view. Their presence is good for illumination but not for ventilation.
Bay windows – Bay window designs are major architectural elements that were very common in the classical buildings. They help you to maximise the available space in your house. Bay windows are actually fitted with three or more wooden casement windows with glass panels. The same applies for bow windows which boast of a more elaborate rounded design.
Tilt and turn windows – Tilt and turn windows are installed in such places where the availability of space is slightly on the shorter side. They are very common in the basements, kitchens, stairways and bathroom. They operate vertically on a central pivot and remain within the wooden frame. This type of windows is also designed with glass sashes.
Hopper windows – Hopper windows open inwards from the top. They are installed with wooden frames and glass sashes as well. Hopper windows are installed in small or difficult to access areas of the home like attics, stairways etc.
Awning windows – Awning windows have similar appearance and functionality like hopper windows. However, they open outward from the top. They offer better insulation than the hopper windows.
Ceiling lens – Ceiling lens act more like the skylight installations. They are another type of picture windows which help bring in light in such spaces where building conventional windows are difficult or impossible. Naturally, they are made of a combination of wood and glass.
Storm windows – A storm window is retrofitted outside a glass window. It helps protect the main window and also help you to reduce noise pollution in your home. Storm windows are generally installed in such places where winter is long and harsh. Their presence don’t let the internal heat escape from the house.
Pros and cons of wooden windows
Classy windows made of wood instantly enhance the curb appeal of a residential or commercial building. Wood not only boasts of an appealing texture and hue, but also durability. It can be carved into different styles suitable for modern homes as well as the classical and country style homes. Its presence induces a feeling of warmth in the ambience. For better insulation of the interiors, opt for natural wood. Wooden windows act as an effective noise barrier and enhance the acoustics of the interiors.
One of the biggest drawbacks of wooden windows is their exorbitant price. Even a few decades ago, procuring high quality teak for the interior and exterior of a home was very easy in Singapore. But dwindling natural resources made high quality timber scarce. Wooden windows are heavy and may not be suitable for installation in the weaker areas of your building. Low quality wood is prone to rotting and termite attack. The same problem arises when timber is not seasoned properly.
Types and styles of wood for windows
You may use oak, mahogany, cherrywood, pine, ash, maple, teak, cedar or walnut for your windows. Each has its unique tone and texture. Choose the one that suits the interior décor of your home. For example, maple, cedar, ash and pine look better in a contemporary Scandinavian home. Teak, walnut, mahogany etc are more suited to a classical, tropical or country style home. Any of these wood types can be used to design contemporary windows with clean forms as well as classical Edwardian, Victorian or Regency style windows. Wooden windows in Singapore cost SGD 750 or more. Size of the windows and materials in use will determine the actual cost of the windows.
How can I preserve the condition of my wooden windows?
Buy only high quality and properly seasoned wood for your windows. Oil and varnish them every five year or so. Periodically clean them up with a soft cloth. You may use specialised solutions for cleaning the wooden frames. Clean up the glasses with the help of mild soap or sodium bicarbonate and water solution. Use sponges or soft cloth for cleaning the glasses. Otherwise, you may leave ugly scratch marks on the surface. Seek help of a professional windows installer to replace your old and damaged windows and install the new ones. You will avoid faulty installation related problems this way.
What are the benefits of having wood windows in the hot weather of Singapore?
Wooden windows tend to maintain a cool interior atmosphere even in the hot weather conditions. Metal windows, being more conducive to heat, increase the temperature of the interior atmosphere. Windows made of wood or a combination of glass and wood provide you better insulation that some of the other materials like aluminium, uPVC etc. Consequently, you save on the energy bills and enjoy a more comfortable interior even during the summer months.