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Timber Doors and Windows Prove Superior to Aluminium as a Value Proposition

Timber supplier in Brisbane reveals numerous ways in which timber doors and windows provide a better ratio of value to price than aluminium.

Brisbane, QLD, 13 August 2014 - According to sales figures, aluminium windows and doors outsell timber by a ratio of three to one. Timber suppliers aren’t surprised, because aluminium is cheaper than timber. However, one timber supplier in Brisbane points out that the cheapest option isn’t always the best option and that it doesn’t always represent the best value.

In a recent post on the company blog, Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, pointed out numerous ways in which timber represents a better value than aluminium. According to Mr Kyle, “Timber may cost a little more in the beginning, but it always more than pays for itself compared to aluminium within a period of a few years.”

Aesthetics of Timber Over Aluminium

While the term “aesthetics” is subjective, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would disagree with the supposition that timber is aesthetically superior to aluminium. Timber adds beauty and a natural look to a home that aluminium can’t provide.

According to Mr Kyle, “Look at any picture of a beautiful home in any magazine. You can bet that the windows and doors are going to be made of timber. Timber provides superior aesthetics, especially when the homeowner is creating the appearance of space by using open design and allowing plenty of light in from outdoors. The natural look and grain of timber accentuates the beauty of any home with a nice garden or proximity to nature.”

Timber is Environment-Friendly

Timber is natural. There is no manufacturing process to produce timber. Trees are cut into boards and transported to a distributor. When they are taken to a home, they are cut, sanded and finished. This makes a very small carbon footprint.

Aluminium, on the other hand, has to be created and smelted. This creates as much as eight times the volume of greenhouse gases compared to timber. The smelting process wastes 300 times as much water as timber “production.” Chemicals for the smelting process are highly toxic and contaminate the land and water surrounding their facilities.

Maintenance Considerations

Aluminium is “maintenance-free,” but that can be a double-edged sword. An aluminium surface can degrade over time due to corrosion. When an aluminium surface has degraded, there is no way to restore it to its original condition. The only way to “fix” a degraded aluminium surface is to replace it.

Timber requires maintenance, but that maintenance helps keep the timber surface in its original condition. If there is a problem or degradation such as drying or cracking, it can be repaired and made to look as it originally did. Usually, though, maintenance keeps the surface from degrading.

The Cost Factor

Timber can increase the sale price of a home. It saves money on energy costs. It can remain in its original condition even thirty years after installation with proper maintenance. Those factors easily offset the initial cost.

Narangba Timbers is a major timber supplier for Brisbane and much of Queensland. They specialise in providing high quality Australian timber at reasonable prices. To learn more or for an estimate, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.