Timber’s beauty comes from the fact it is a natural material, and as a natural product some degree of movement in terms of expansion/contraction can be expected. However, with the engineered timber that Everest use, this movement is kept to a minimum.
Low quality timber windows can warp over time, however, Everest wooden windows are laminated and engineered to add strength, eradicate knots and resist twisting.
We use micro-porous paint and stain finishes on all of our timber products to keep them looking good, however timber products aren’t maintenance free and will require regular maintenance to maintain the performance and look of the product. The regularity of maintenance will depend on the location of your property and where the wooden windows are located on the property.
Our paint finishes will require maintenance every 3 years to 4 years in a moderate climate (non-coastal areas at low altitude) or every 2 to 3 years in extreme climates (coastal areas and high altitude).
Our stain finishes will require maintenance every 2 to 3 years in a moderate climate (non-coastal areas at low altitude) or every 1 to 2 years in extreme climates (coastal areas and high altitude).
Unsheltered windows will require more maintenance than those sheltered or partly sheltered.
We recommend that the surface coating is inspected annually and if required you should re-coat the wood with micro-porous stain or paint.
Read our window painting guide here
Yes, we have uPVC windows that replicate the look of a traditional timber window. This gives a traditional look to your home without the maintenance involved with wooden windows.
All of our timber frames are made from specifically selected, seasoned wood. Timber has natural properties which help it withstand the elements and in the factory we apply a ‘colour harmonising’ finish containing a preservative. We then apply a micro-porous protective stain or paint finish. However, timber is a natural material so requires regular attention to keep them looking good. You should carry out cleaning regularly, at least twice a year. The factory applied coating systems will give many years of life between repainting cycles and simple steps, such as wiping down the product to remove dirt and insects will help to extend the decorative finish. Washing your windows regularly with soap and water can add years of life to your wooden windows. Read our window care guide to keep your timber windows looking beautiful for years to come.
People often ask are timber windows more expensive than other material choices as it is often assumed timber is an expensive option. Although timber is often the most expensive choice, at Everest we have a timber finish on our uPVC windows to give your home the traditional look of timber with the modern benefits of uPVC. However, if only real timber will do, you may be surprised how affordable you can fit the best.