Why Wood Windows?
We're proud of the role Alpine has played in the growth and improved quality in the North American solid-wood window market. Together, we've come from a small niche in the market to a steadily growing alternative to vinyl and metal. But what's driven this growth? Why are we such firm believers in wood windows, anyway?
Well-built, well-installed wood windows have some serious advantages.
- Their insulating properties ensure interior temperature comfort, without drafts or cold spots;
- Wood windows do a better job protecting against mold and moisture damage;
- Less thermal transfer results in significant energy savings from reduced climate control.
Built to Last
Wood's benefits only improve when taking the long view.
- Wood windows stand the test of time - when made with skill and care, wood windows will last as long as the structure they're installed in.
- When comparing the environmental impact of wood to any other material over the entire working life of a window, wood reveals itself as the most responsible choice. Studies have confirmed a wood window can absorb more CO2 over its lifespan than was used to produce it. No other material even comes close to its sustainable efficiency and lifetime cost savings.
- This advantage only gets wider when looking at the energy costs of extracting, processing, and decommissioning the materials to build a window. Responsibly-sourced and harvested wood is part of a natural ecological cycle, unlike vinyl or metal windows.
There's a reason objects crafted from wood are often considered heirlooms.
- The beauty of wood is timeless, and as varied as the applications it can be used for- each species, and even each individual piece has a unique, living character.
- It's versatile too- it can be painted or stained to match any design requirement. Modern finishing techniques can use water-based, non-toxic finishes that aren't hazardous to the producer or damaging to the planet.
- When a wood window is designed to work with aluminum cladding, you can even get the best of both worlds: The superior performance of wood, with a sleek metal veneer for even the most modern spaces.