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Homeowners choose wood-framed windows to enhance the aesthetics and performance of their home. From renewing worn-out plastic frames or replacing single-glazing, to restoring historic style in a sympathetic renovation or creating flair in a contemporary extension, wooden windows add modern functionality and style.

Choosing the right window for your home is key to its efficiency and the overall appearance. Whether you are renovating a period home or embarking on an ambitious new build, the following wooden window styles by members of the British Woodworking Federation will provide inspiration: 

Sliding Sash Windows

Sliding Sash windows have been a significant feature of buildings in the UK since the end of the 17th century. Modelled on the traditional Box Sash design, the Spiral Balance Sash window uses spiral rod torsion and tension springs, instead of a weight and pulley system, to bring the traditional window style into the 21st century.

Stormproof Casement Windows

During the 1950s the traditional Flush Casement window design was adapted to provide enhanced weather protection. A lip was introduced to make the window stand proud of the face of the window frame, helping to better protect from driving rain, wind and snow – hence the name ‘stormproof’. This type of casement window is commonly available with a number of opening options, including top hung (i.e. opens from the top of the window frame), side hung (i.e. opens from the side) and easy clean. The latter opening option incorporates a reversible hinge that allows the window to be completely rotated so that the outside of the glass is on the inside for ease of cleaning.

Pivot Windows

Particularly useful for attics, lofts, staircases, high rises or any other unique and challenging space, Pivot windows are easy to clean and offer secure ventilation. Using a pivot mechanism, the window sash opens 180 degrees and is held suspended in the middle of the frame, either horizontally or vertically. Pivot windows can come in varying sizes and can be circular, rectangular or square.

Tilt & Turn Windows

Tilt and Turn windows provide the ideal solution for those properties that are difficult to clean from the exterior and which require secure ventilation. Incorporating specialised hinges for dual opening, the Tilt and Turn window allows the window to be both tilted inwards to provide secure ventilation, and opened inwards (into the room) to allow for cleaning from the inside.

Which timber is best for your windows?

The variety of timbers and designs means that they can look as at home in a new build as they can in a property that’s been standing for a century or more. A practical timber for windows is engineered softwood, such as Redwood, Scandinavian Pine and Siberian Larch. If you are looking to apply stains rather than a paint coating, then you may consider hardwoods such as European Oak or Grandis. For properties located in extreme coastal or exposed areas, a modified timber like Accoya® is usually the preferred material.

About Us

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. BWF members range from large joinery manufacturers who supply products such as wood windows, internal wooden doors, wooden entrance doors and wooden fire doors via builders’ merchants and, on a local level, joinery and woodworking businesses who provide a variety of made-to-measure home improvement services.

On a local level, BWF members provide a number of supply and fit services encompassing bespoke wooden staircases, replacement wooden windows and doors (entrance, internal and patio doors), interior furniture, garden furniture and conservatories. All BWF members have signed up to a rigorous set of standards of workmanship, company stewardship and environmental disciplines – known as the BWF Code of Conduct.

The BWF Code of Conduct

The BWF Code of Conduct shows commitment to best practice from members. It describes expected standards relating to quality of service, manufacture and sourcing, and sets out the principles of good practice for a woodworking or joinery business. This means that the BWF community is made up of people who share these values and means homeowners can be assured that they are working with a supplier who is committed to best practice in all areas of operations, including:

  • Customer care and complaints;
  • Technical expertise and training;
  • Environmental impact and waste;
  • Financial, insurance and contractual
  • Employment, education and legislation.

Build it Better With Wood

The BWF champions the use of wood in the home – it’s naturally beautiful, adds character and warmth and offers unique sustainable credentials with wood being the only natural, renewable mainstream building material. Using wood from sustainably managed forests actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the product.

The Products / Services offered by BWF Members

The following list is not exhaustive but provides a flavour of the types of products and services offered by BWF members across the UK for home renovations, extensions and self-build projects:

  • Wood Windows – Sliding Sash, Casement, Regency Mock Sash, Yorkshire Sash, Pivot and Tilt & Turn Windows;
  • Wooden Doors – Entrance Doors, French Patio Doors; Bi-folding Doors; Sliding Patio Doors; Internal Doors; Fire Doors;
  • Feature Wooden Staircases;
  • Interior Wooden Furniture – from bedrooms to kitchens;
  • Exterior Wooden Furniture;
  • Orangeries / Conservatories