When it comes to selecting the material for doors and windows of your home or office, wood is the first name that appears in our mind. Wood and timber have various qualities that support their use for manufacturing doors and windows. These qualities are strength, durability and a natural characteristic of maintaining a warm temperature. This material is easy to handle and to work upon so various architectural patterns as well as modern designs can be easily made. Before choosing wood to be the basic material for your windows and doors, there are a number of important things that you should consider.
The kind of timber
Timber is available in an uncountable number of species with their own qualities and advantages over the others. This depends a lot on the exterior and interior design of your home that what kind of wood will suit it the best. Some timbers are dark in color like chocolate brown while others have a very light brown or beige hue. The latest trend in doors and windows is not to use an artificial color over the wood rather keep its natural color while coating it with a layer of protective gloss.
The climatic conditions of your area
Wood is vulnerable to moisture and heat. It provides an easy developing ground for molds, fungus and insects that can gradually cause decay. Also, excessive heat may result in the appearance of cracks and twists in the wood or the layer of paint coated over it. If you live in an area with extreme climate and the kind of wood you have used is more prone to these damages, you may have to get it repaired a lot of times and even replaced if the damage is severe. You can use two different types of timber for the external doors and internal doors as external doors need more protection from rain and sun.
What type of finish does the timber you selected requires
Proper finishing is as important for doors and windows as their designing. Finishing protects them from damage and helps them retain their excellent condition for years. It is important for both the external and internal doors and windows. People often put off this task for later due to which the doors and windows start decaying earlier than expected. If proper protection is not applied to doors and windows, the guaranty over the timber also gets nullified. Protection options for doors and windows are staining, painting and sealing. The best way to determine the most suitable method among these is to discuss it with the manufacturer.
External protection for doors and windows
In addition to painting and sealing, you can also think of installing awnings for your home's external doors and windows. It is an excellent way to protect them from both harsh sunlight and rain or snow. Awnings are available in various types like fixed aluminum awnings, retractable canvas awnings and glass awnings so you have a number of options to choose from.