When you face the issues of living in a noise neighbourhood, you understand the real pain that it can be. With a non stop rumble of cars, lorries and - worst of all – motorbikes driving past your house all day and night, it can be hard to get the rest you deserve, and even harder to get your children or new born to sleep.
Whilst there are a great deal of options available for to help reduce noise on the market, there are very few total noise reduction solutions that produce the best results possible. At least that's our opinion on the matter. When looking into the market place for soundproof windows, we found that stop gap solutions, or half baked designs go only some way to reducing noise pollution in your property.
Secondary glazing does actively help in bringing down ambient noise levels, and can be fairly effective in nullifying a lot of pollution, however their visual appearance is really quite poor, they infringe upon sill space and often can't be installed at properties in conservation areas.
The installation of noise reduction glass is a fairly good option. Aesthetically this solution can be fairly appealing, with the glass capable of being fit into your already existing frames (though often new frames will be required due to the thickness of the panes). Whilst they will certainly reduce noise pollution, the simple fact is that your protection against unwanted sound is only as strong as its weakest point. This means that if your frames are compromised, or simply not optimised for sound-proofing, noise will still flood your home like a leak in a ship.
Noise Reduction Oak Windows
So we took it upon ourselves and thought how can we make the best sound-proofed windows without compromising upon the quality of our oak window frames. Incorporating noise reduction glass, our bespoke oak designs have revolutionised the way we look at window design from the ground up.
Breaking it back down to basics, we looked at every single component of both our casement and sash designs to see where we could maximise noise reduction, ensuring that the frames would not compromise the reductions offered by the glass we install. From the pulley box to the meeting rail, the sills and the latches, we have made sure that every part of the window system is offering something towards reducing the ambient sound levels in the property. So far we haven't found anyone else doing anything like this and are proud to say that we offer a total solution that is better than anything else on the market right now!
We’d like to think we are a conscientious company. We’re always looking for ways to make our practices more environmentally friendly, cutting down on our greenhouse emissions where we can and ensuring that all of our products are manufactured with ethically sourced materials.
It’s a simple fact that as a species, our manufacturing processes are taking all the nutrients that our soil has to offer whilst giving nothing back. We are also burning an alarming amount of fossil fuels that are filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gases, causing global warming and who knows what long term damage for our planet’s eco systems.
Even with the Kyoto Protocol in place, and its newer iteration set to come into force in 2015, there is still a very long way to go before we are actually making a serious impact on the way that we manufacture goods and use the planet’s resources. Whilst the cheaper option is still to burn fossil fuels, or to source materials from unethical traders, then industry will unfortunately choose to ignore the cons, blinded by the pros of greater profit margins instead.
So What Can We Do?
One further step we have taken towards making our company greener and cutting down on our carbon footprint is to plant a tree for every order placed with us.
We figured we had to give back to the planet for giving us the materials that have allowed us to prosper and create the business that we have today. So how better than by contributing trees to the magnificent Bisham Woods, so that future generations can reap the benefits?
An ancient woodland of over 400 years old, Bisham Woods is a fantastic forest near Maidenhead. Complete with its own special wildlife interests and stunning views, it’s a hot spot for nature enthusiasts, hikers and families alike. Part of the Woodland Trust, it is under the protection of the charity who are looking to further expand upon its already rich cultural heritage and make it a real destination for years to come.
We’re proud to say that Oak Windows are contributing to this fantastic operation and would encourage anyone interested in helping out to get involved too!
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We love oak. You know that by now. It’s a luxurious material that adds real character to your property and will do so for years to come – that is providing you look after it properly! Like all timbers, oak is prone to rot and other environmental damage, which can affect not only its aesthetic appeal, but its functionality too.
Of course, we ensure our oak windows and doors are properly treated to safeguard again this being an issue, but additional after care is always recommended down the line to keep your frames looking as best they can! And if you have oak furniture at your home you may want to follow these steps to preserve their beauty for future generations!
Caring For Indoor Oak Furnishings
New oak products ought to be regularly waxed with natural beeswax throughout the first few years of use. Do this by rubbing the beeswax along the direction of the grain, and then gently removing the residue left behind after it has dried.
Cleaning of your oak table, windows, doors or whatever you own ought to be undertaken solely with oil-based cleansers containing no unnatural chemicals or perfumes.
Don’t clean it with water! This will do nothing other than push water into the grain which can cause swelling.
With windows you may not have much of a say in the matter, but all other oak furniture should be kept away from radiators or other heat sources, as it can cause cracking over the years.
Looking After Outdoor Oak Products
Of course, these will mostly be pre-prepared for their life outside, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure their longevity is increased. Staining your oak with an oil-based stain will protect it from all weather conditions whilst also preventing discolouration from prolonged exposure to UV rays. Look for one specifically for use on outdoor furniture and make sure to follow the instructions carefully!
Steeping the legs of your oak tables and chairs for around 6 hours in wood preservative will also help protect these vulnerable areas against water damage.
One piece of advice that ought to be heeded is that you should not use linseed oil to clean your outdoor oak furniture or fittings. If not properly dried, this can cause mildew. Use of products like lemon oil will safeguard against this!
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