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CHOOSING TIMBER DOORS & WINDOWS

For inherent charm and natural beauty, consider timber fenestration for your home. Sophie Vening discusses the options
If you want the beauty of wood on the inside, but strength and durability of metal on the outside, then go for composite construction. Ultra external bifold doors with aluminium cladding and real oak in the inside are available in a white or grey coating, from £2,699 for 1.8m set, Vufold

W hether you’re self building, renovating or extending, you’ll want beautiful windows and doors that will look great and provide the practical performance you need. There is a lot to consider when specifying these components, and you’ll be living with your purchase for a long time, so it’s important to do your research. Read on to find out what you need to know about choosing timber fenestration.

Benefits of timber

Windows and doors in this material can offer natural aesthetic appeal, design flexibility and amazing insulation qualities. Timber is naturally more thermally resistant than metal or PVCu, which gives it the edge on efficiency. Plus the material itself, whether softwood or hardwood, is taken from sustainably-managed sources, further enhancing your eco credentials. Wood units are also easy to repair – hence why some centuries-old fenestration is still in good working order. Upkeep is a little more involved than with some materials, but you can opt for composite designs, which feature timber internally and a low-maintenance aluminium external finish, to get the best of both worlds.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land