Facebook pixel

« Blog

Wooden double glazed windows

Posted on: 25th March, 2020

Never out of style, handcrafted timber windows give a timeless elegance to any home. With plenty of charm and character, even wooden double glazed windows will give any property a distinctive and classic finish, from eco-friendly new builds to heritage, listed, or conservation properties.

With their period looks, traditional wooden windows – authentically handmade by Nathan McCarter Joinery – all feature the latest in energy efficient materials. And depending on your window choice, they could also feature the latest in multi-point security too.

Timber window types

Whatever the period or property style of your home, our handcrafted, high quality bespoke windows are created by our craftsmen who specialise in heritage joinery. With each one skilfully made by hand using traditional methods to give an elegant blend of function and form, all our windows are made to precise measurements together with hand fitted, thermally efficient glass.

white sliding sash window detailed view

Sliding sash windows

The window style of choice for many homes, our traditionally designed, handcrafted sliding sash windows use pulleys, weights, and cords to give a smooth opening for one or more sliding sashes.

high performance flush casement windows

High performance windows

Our bespoke high performance timber casement windows blend authentic craftsmanship and functional multi-point locks and friction hinges, creating windows that complement any heritage or listed homes.

cottage of traditional flush casement wooden windows with ivy on the side

Traditional flush windows

As popular as ever, our elegant, traditional flush casement windows are authentically handcrafted, Bringing historical character and a functional finish to any conservation or Grade listed homes.

stormproof casement windows

Stormproof windows

Built to withstand the most challenging conditions, our rebated stormproof casement windows are simple and stylish with weather-tight protection for new build or renovation projects.

Accoya® wood for your window frames

Whatever style of wooden window you choose, one of the most important aspects to consider is the frame material being used. Thanks to its excellent, hardwearing qualities and eco-friendly credentials, Nathan McCarter Joinery exclusively uses Accoya timber for every handcrafted wooden sash or casement window.

What is Accoya?

Accoya wood is made from sustainably-sourced softwood from FSC, PEFC and other certified sources. Going through a chemical treatment process, it has exceptional qualities that make it even better than traditional hardwoods.

How durable is it?

In a word – very. Traditional hardwoods are usually labelled ‘durable’, but can give inconsistent performance. Accoya is incredibly durable – rated the highest level of Class 1 durability – and long-lasting. Any window frames made with Accoya timber are guaranteed for 50 years without needing to be replaced.

Do I need to maintain it?

Thanks to its natural durability and stability, any Accoya window frames will benefit from a greatly reduced maintenance schedule. While being rot-free, swelling and shrinkage is also reduced by up to 80%, whatever weather it’s exposed to. This gives Accoya a stable surface, so any RAL colour paint finishes and coatings that are applied last much longer.

Can Accoya be double glazed?

Yes. Like any other hard or softwood, Accoya can be double glazed. In fact, combining double glazing and Accoya wood will give you even better thermal and energy efficiency than standard hardwoods.

For more detailed information, find out everything you need to know about Accoya windows.

Contact Nathan McCarter Joinery today

For more information, call us on 01822 615010 or
email info@nathanmccarter.co.uk.

The benefits of double glazed windows

Having been popular in the UK since the 70s, double glazing is a tried, tested, and guaranteed way to keep your home warmer and more energy efficient. But though double glazing is widely associated with uPVC windows, choosing today’s modern double glazing for your windows is even more effective – all without compromising on your home’s original look, style, or period features.

Thermal efficiency

Glass will make up around 70% of any window’s surface so there’s a greater opportunity for room heat to escape. To counter this, we use Planitherm glass that has a specialist coating to help capture the warmth of natural daylight and stop 56% more heat loss. So you maximise your natural light while lowering your energy bills.

Noise reduction

Two panes are better than one to help reduce outside neighbourhood and traffic noise. Double glazing gives you exceptional sound insulation and, depending on your Planitherm double glazing glass choice, you could have 4mm glass and a 16mm argon gas-filled cavity, helping to give you a 20% reduction in outside noise for a good night’s sleep.

Added security

Windows fitted with double glazing are much harder to break than any single glazed window. But Planitherm Comfort and Comfort Plus glass is even harder to break, thanks to a built-in, high-security layer. Having this transparent lamination inside your windows will give you the added peace of mind you need, helping you feel even more secure inside your home.

Your double glazing questions answered

Choosing double glazing for any windows, wooden or otherwise is a sound investment for your property. Our authentically handcrafted Accoya frames, combined with hand-fitted Planitherm glass, will give it a finish like no other – in keeping with its style and character, and exquisitely made for function and form. But there are always a number of questions people want to ask, so we’ll address some of our most common FAQs here for you.

What double glazing options are available for my timber windows?

We use Planitherm glass as standard on all our windows that require double glazing. Our standard units are 24mm thick which is made up of:

  • Internal 4mm toughened glass with Planitherm Total+ coating for thermal insulation
  • 16mm argon gas-filled cavity for heat retention
  • External 4mm toughened glass for added security

Other options are available to suit your individual needs and requirements – ask us for more information.

Can I have double glazing on any wooden windows?

Yes. Whatever style of timber window you choose, we can hand fit glass to suit your needs. However, if your home is in a conservation area or Grade listed, there may be some restrictions on the use of double glazing. In these cases, we’re able to work with planning officers to find suitable glazing for you.

Can you match my existing window style?

If you have a specific window design in place already, we’ll match your replacement windows as close as we possibly can. We design all our windows in-house to your own requirements and can include as little or as much detail as you require, including window furniture.

What colour options are available?

You can choose any RAL colour to give your windows a completely bespoke, weather-proof finish, matching your own tastes or in keeping with planning advice or architectural specifications. Any colours can be mixed and all frames are spray finished in our on-site spray booth.

Can I choose my own window accessories?

All our windows come fitted with your own choice of window hardware. Depending on your chosen window type, you can choose from easy-clean friction hinges, handles, and stays, as well as quality brand multi-point security locks and latches. With many options available, your hardware can match your interior decor as well as the exterior style of your home.

Contact Nathan McCarter Joinery today

Created on-site by skilled craftsmen, we only use traditional methods with contemporary tooling and quality workmanship to create your custom-designed, made to measure windows. But our complete service ensures you receive personal attention at every stage, from concept to completion.

To discuss your options and start your window project with us, get in touch today. We can even arrange your detailed site survey and invite you to visit us at our Tavistock workshop. For more information, call us on 01822 615010 or email info@nathanmccarter.co.uk.

Contact Us

For more information and advice on our door and window joinery services, to arrange your visit to our Tavistock workshop, or to arrange a personal site visit if you’re further afield across the UK, get in touch with the team today.

Call Us

Find us at

  • Plot 14 and 15 Pitts Cleave,
  • Tavistock,
  • Devon.
  • PL19 0PW.

Send us a message

    Marketing acceptance: Yes

    Marketing acceptance: No

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.