Last week three of us worked in Glenelg, installing some aluminium sliding windows, and the main task – a wall cut and install of a timber bifold window with timber servery bench. A lintel was used in this process.
some photos showing a brick wall being cut and bifold installed.
The inside is then finished with a bullnose sill, quads inside and out and the mortar from the bricks re-done.
Last week we pulled out the old rotten windows in a lovely sun room. the floor was hand made parquetry, truly time-consuming to make.
We replaced the frames with new cedar frames. This time with no colonial bars, and increased the glass from 3mm float, to 6.38 clear comfort plus Low-E glass.
A few doors are being finished today, take a look;
I (hi! im Peter, the production manager) -took this photo of Tom (who has been installing and making windows longer than I have been alive). He is making the glazing bead on each pane of glass. Tom has more experience up his sleeve than I could ever hope for and is a valuable asset to our team, and frankly, a surrogate uncle to me.
I am often asked what meranti and cedar looks like when finished. Here is a photo. Cedar is on top, and when stained has a really lovely grain come up and through. Meranti is usually a little redder (but can range in colour tones from near white, to almost yellow) and has a finer, more sinewy grain. Cedar also varies quite a lot in colour tone, from yellows, reds, and reddy brown. Cedar is a soft timber and you can easily dent it or push your fingernail into the timber. Meranti is much harder.
Probably about 70% of our manufactured windows and doors are in cedar, followed by meranti with about 25% and then a very small percentage is a variety of other timbers like oak, blackbutt, kapur, jarrah etc.
Every year it, work becomes crazy busy as orders increase, and time runs out. here is a photo I’ve taken this morning giving an idea how little room we have to move at the moment in the factory.