Maintaining timber windows on a seafront property

Properties on the seafront are extremely sought-after for their fantastic scenic views, prime location and their (typically) expansive windows that take it all in.   However, beachfront homes often have to battle with damaging winds and salty sea spray which requires your windows and doors to receive a little extra TLC.  We take a look at what you can do to protect and maintain your timber windows and doors from beach life and what benefits you can reap from doing so.

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The finishing touch

Polished wooden deskFinishers have the ability to strike fear into people. The pressure of completing your project after hours of precise design and intricate build work with the correct finish is enough to put people off entirely, often leaving their woodwork unprotected and allowing it to degrade over time. The fact is, there are many different finishes available on the market, so it is easy to see how confusion is sparked.

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What is the difference between joinery and carpentry?

Many people wonder what is the difference between joinery and carpentry. More to the point, when you need something made of wood, do you call a joiner or a carpenter?

The thing is, there are lots of similarities between joiners and carpenters. Confusingly, in the UK the use of either term is dependent on location. For example, in the South of England people tend to use the term carpenter whereas in the North of England people prefer to use the term joiner.

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Finding the right carpenter

carpenter-using-carpentry-tools_Whatever job you need done at home, it is important to find the right professional to do it for you. When it comes to carpentry, this need not be a difficult thing to do, you just need to know what to look for when looking for a carpenter.

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The benefits of wood in construction

new-house-being-constructed-using-timberWe recently talked about how to best preserve and maintain the wood within you home. That may have got you thinking… What are the benefits of wood over other materials and is it still something that is widely used in the construction of homes and their constituent parts? So we are taking a step back this month and looking at this a little more closely: what are the benefits – and disadvantages – of wood as a construction material?

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Why Choose Accoya?

Accoya wood

What is it?

Accoya wood is produced from sustainably sourced, fast growing wood using a non-toxic modification process from the surface to the core.  The result is a durable, stable, reliable and beautiful solid wood with the performance characteristics of the most durable tropical hardwoods but offering very valuable environmental credentials.  Accoya can be used to produce beautiful, custom-made joinery products, such as windows and doors, that are low maintenance, highly stable and can be expected to match or even exceed the performance durable hardwoods such as oak, teak, iroko and sapele……..

Ten good reasons to choose Accoya:

1.Durable – your joinery will stand the test of time and not require replacement for a least 60 years.

2.Beautiful natural product which can be recoated, repaired or recycled at the end of its useful life.

3.Stable –  windows and doors will be resistant to swelling or shrinkage

4.Low maintenance – factory coated products are guaranteed for 10 years.

5.Sustainable – by enhancing the durability and stability of a fast growing, abundantly available timber, Accoya has a significant environmental advantage over slow growing hardwoods which are often limited in their sustainable supply.

6.Non-toxic – the acetylation process used to alter the molecular structure of the timber to create Accoya is non toxic unlike other preparations and processes used to preserve hardwoods and softwoods.

7.100% recyclable

8.Naturally insulating – significantly improved thermal insulation qualities over most hardwoods.

9.Versatile – it can be opaque, transculent or transparent coated with water based finishes which can last up to three times longer.

10.Tried and tested – Accoya has been tested over prolonged periods in all types of weathering conditions – above ground, below ground and even in water.

Parsons Joinery have successfully completed the Accoya Certification Scheme which means that we have a full understanding of the manufacturing process and the correct use of ancillary materials, finishes and ironmongery.

Watch this promotional film on Accoya the ‘wood of the future’.

For further information please contact Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870

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