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What is bespoke joinery?
Bespoke joinery is the broad term for a service commonly offering customised, (primarily timber) items and furniture tailored precisely to client requirements and specifications. Though bespoke joinery jobs often include cupboards, shelving, and built-in wardrobes, an experienced joiner should be able to offer bespoke services for the production and installation of any wooden products. The term ‘bespoke joinery’ can also cover the production and installation of structural timber products – here at B.A. Boyle, we specialise in the design, fabrication, and installation of bespoke staircases, orangeries, gates, balconies, doors, windows, and kitchens.
Bespoke joinery requires a high level of experience across all areas of joinery, alongside an outstanding level of skill and dedication. B.A. Boyle & Son’s team of expert joiners embody all of the above values – you can trust us to get it right. Contact our team today to further discuss your bespoke joinery ideas and requirements.
Are wooden windows better than UPVC?
Windows are a significant factor in the look and feel of all buildings – particularly domestic residences. UPVC and wooden windows each have benefits and drawbacks – all of which should be carefully considered before replacing or selecting windows.
Whilst UPVC windows are generally cheaper, and easier to maintain than wooden alternatives, wooden window frames have been subject to recent technical advances allowing for more cost-effective production, and the implementation of double and triple glazing. Timber’s natural strength and beauty make for a highly effective window frame material, allowing for re-painting and maintenance for up to 60 years. So, whilst UPVC is a more commonly used option, wooden window frames are an aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly, and potentially value-boosting option.
When should I replace my windows?
Window replacement is highly beneficial to homes of all ages – selecting a high-quality product can lead to improved comfort, a reduction in energy bills, and an increase in your property’s value. Despite these benefits – windows are not generally replaced on a regular basis, and are, instead, left until the major renovation. In many cases, windows should be replaced earlier than this.
Signs your windows may need replacing can include;
• A lack of sound insulation – the prevalence of outside noise inside your property may indicate poor sealing, or the presence of old, single-pane windows. Installing double or triple glazed windows can assist greatly in minimising this.
• Persistent drafts – drafty windows can indicate a number of issues, including poor sealing, and a lack of insulation.
• Damaged window frames – soft, damaged or peeling window frames generally indicate rot or water damage – meaning a replacement is required as soon as possible.
• Condensation between glass layers – condensation or frosting appearing between glass layers in double or triple glazed windows generally indicates seal failure – meaning insulating gas has escaped from the pane, reducing the window’s insulation efficiency.
• ‘Stuck’ windows – difficulty opening or closing windows may indicate incorrect installation, or rusted or rotting hinge mechanisms.
Can you get double glazed wooden windows?
Wooden windows have been subject to a series of innovations in current times, and can now house both double, and triple glazed glass, hugely increasing insulation efficiency. This glass, combined with naturally strong timber allows wooden windows of high quality to surpass the thermal efficiency of UPVC and plastic windows. This is the case for both softwood, and hardwood window frame varieties.
B.A. Boyle & Son specialise in the design, fabrication, and installation of wooden windows. Our portfolio includes a range of exquisite round, casement, sliding, sash, French, and bay windows. Contact our expert team today to further discuss your property plans and requirements – we'll be happy to assist you.
How are balconies built?
There are a variety of balcony construction methods used by joiners and construction specialists across the UK. The balcony building process and methodology is highly dependent on design specifications, but generally employs the installation of a support network, such as joists, or diagonal support beams, and wall preparation, followed by the installation of further support mechanisms, such as ledger strips, or joist hangers. The balcony floor and railings are often constructed on the ground, independently of this process. All floor and railing components must be securely fastened to the building and support system– this can be done using a variety of methods and materials, from support beams to clasps, joints, cement, or concrete.
B.A. Boyle’s highly skilled craftsmen and joiners specialise in the design, fabrication, and installation of balconies of all styles and sizes across a variety of building types.
What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?
The primary difference between conservatories and orangeries lies in construction material and method. Conservatories are constructed largely from glass and plastic or polycarbonate panels – acting as an addition rather than an extension of a building, and ensuring the maintenance of a warm temperature through the use of thermally efficient technology.
Orangeries, on the other hand, fall somewhere between a conservatory and extension in style and function – offering bricked walls with a high amount of glass coverage compared to a traditional room or extension. In addition to this, a defining feature of traditional orangeries is their flat roofs – those seen on conservatories are most often pitched.
Do I need planning permission for a gate?
Planning permission requirements for property gates vary greatly in many cases, it is not required, however, it is best to review regulations prior to the start of work, in order to avoid planning breaches. Many joiners and construction companies, including B.A. Boyle & Son, are well-versed in these regulations and will be able to advise on what steps you should take when planning the installation of a new gate.
Generally, planning permission is required if the planned gate (and accompanying wall or fence) is planned to be;
• Over one meter high and next to a highway or footpath
• Over two meters high in any area
• Built upon a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage
• Built within the property boundaries of a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building
Planning permission must also be applied for if your right to construct or alter fences is removed by a planning condition or article 4 direction.
What is U value?
In window fabrication and installation, the u-Value, or thermal transmittance is a measurement indicating the rate at which heat passes through a window. U-Value testing uses BS EN 673:1998, the standard test method for determining thermal transmittance in glass and glazing in the UK. U-Value can be used to refer to the thermal performance of the glass panel, the window frame, or the glazing spacer.
Generally, the lower the u-Value, the higher the efficiency of the window. UK building regulations state that all recently produced windows must have a u-Value below 1.6w/m2k - helping maintain interior temperatures, and reduce energy usage across the country.
Will hardwood windows or doors increase my house value?
There is evidence to suggest that both wooden doors and windows can assist in maintaining, and increasing the value of your property. This is thought to be because of the role windows and doors play in first impressions and curb appeal. Well-presented homes fitted with quality frames are thought to be much more likely to sell.
It is important to choose a window or door material most suited to the character of your property – in the case of period properties, selecting any material other than wood may result in a value reduction. Thankfully, modern alterations to the window and door design and fabrication methods mean wooden products often exceed modern standards set by UPVC and plastic models, providing great thermal efficiency, and lasting for up to 60 years.
B.A. Boyle & Son are able to design, fabricate, and install wooden windows to meet any specification – whatever you are looking for, our expert craftsmen will take pride in creating a piece tailored to the unique needs of your property.
Are wood windows expensive?
Though wooden windows are often more expensive than their PVCU counterparts, they offer a more aesthetically pleasing finish and a full set of environmentally friendly credentials. Plastic and UPVC windows are easy to maintain and cheap, they are often considered a cheap fix – whilst wooden windows are a worthwhile investment, known to last for up to 60 years when properly maintained, adding significant value and curb appeal to properties across the UK. In addition to this, modern advances in design and fabrication allow for double and triple glazed wooden windows – whose efficiency often surpasses that of both plastic and aluminium window varieties.
What is the difference between a joiner and carpenter?
Carpentry and joinery are closely related construction trades. Traditionally, joiners complete the majority of their work off-site, ‘joining’ wood in a variety of formats, from bespoke furniture construction to the fabrication of balconies. The skillset of joiners is heavily rooted in the fabrication of construction components. These completed projects are then moved to the site and installed. Carpenters, on the other hand, construct the vast majority of a project on-site, working on larger projects such as floor fitting, roofing, and masonry. Carpenters’ skillsets are more suited to the installation and repair of fixtures within the context of an ongoing job.
B.A. Boyle & Son are proud to offer both joinery and carpentry services, completed to the highest standard by our fully trained and qualified team of specialist craftsmen. Contact us today to further discuss your property plans.
How do you clean wooden window frames?
Wooden window frames are easy to clean and maintain. Proper, regular cleaning will keep them looking their best. Better yet, this process doesn’t require expensive cleaning products or specialist knowledge! All that is required for excellent results is a soft cloth or a sponge, warm water, and a light detergent.
To begin with, using a completely dry, soft cloth, remove any dust, loose dirt, or debris from the frames by wiping down. Once this is done, inspect the wooden window frames for any signs of damage. These can include mildew, cracks, holes, and peeling of the finish. There may be areas where the finish has started to deteriorate, which has revealed natural wood underneath. These should be refinished after cleaning the window to ensure the wood remains protected.
To wash the wooden window frame, firstly, mix a light detergent with some warm water. Next, soak a sponge or a soft cloth in the soapy, warm water and ring it out. Ideally, you want the cloth or sponge to be damp, not soaked. You can then wipe down the frames, rinsing and wringing the sponge or cloth regularly. Once this is done, repeat the process without the detergent to remove any suds. Finally, go over with a clean, dry cloth to remove any remaining water.
Once this is done, you can clean the glass. This process is the same for windows of any variety. Simply use any (supermarket brand will normally work just fine!) glass cleaner by spraying it on the glass, and then wipe clean with a microfibre cloth. When this dries, you can then polish it with a clean, dry cloth for a fantastic sheen.
What paint should I use for wooden window frames?
There are many paints suitable for painting wooden window frames. For a painted finish, you can use an oil-based enamel paint or an outdoor latex paint. Make sure to use paints that will allow the wood to breathe. Alternatively, for a more natural look, you can utilise a wood stain.
Before painting or refinishing wooden window frames, sand the wood firstly with fine sandpaper. After this, ensure that any cracks are filled in with wood filler and smoothed over. This can then be left to cure overnight. Finally, apply a coat of stain or slightly watered-down paint. These will act as primers so that when they dry after a couple of hours, you can apply another coat of stain, or a proper coat of paint. Be careful not to get splatter on your glass!
How long do wooden gates last?
This depends on the wood they’re made from. Softwood and hardwood gates last for differing amounts of time. You can expect a softwood gate to last, on average, for up to 8 years before it will need replacing. A good hardwood gate, with proper maintenance, can last for more than 35 years.
Softwood gates will also require more regular maintenance than their hardwood counterparts. To maintain an ideal finish, you could expect to treat your softwood gate up to twice a year. Hardwood gates don’t need treatment but can be painted or stained if that is what you want. This finish will require regular topping up, the same as softwood.