Getting Beautiful and Sustainable Wood Windows for San Jose Homes
It seems that more and more people are putting their “green” thinking caps on when making purchasing decisions, as demonstrated by Cone Communication’s 2013 Green Gap Trend Tracker survey. According to it, 71% of consumers now think about the environment before buying something.
ASID has been involved in a variety of sustainable design initiatives. Why does the organization deem it important to get involved in this space? What does sustainability mean to ASID?
Randy Fiser: Because people ultimately spend most of their time indoors, interior design plays a significant role in helping to create functional spaces that improve the human experience and our everyday interactions with our environments. Sustainability is an essential part of the built environment, but we believe that its ultimate goals and outcomes should address both the impact on bottom-line and the people who live and work in those spaces.
One of the major facets of interior design is which window to install. For years, people have installed wood windows in San Jose homes because of the unparalleled sophistication and beauty these fixtures offer. Since wood is an organic material, though, it will eventually rot, especially if preventive maintenance steps like repainting or staining are not performed. Not surprisingly, vinyl windows have become the go-to option for many homeowners because they don’t decay like wood and require much less upkeep.
Thankfully, advances in technology have made wooden windows more eco-friendly. For instance, SGK Home Solutions installs the Essence™ line of Milgard windows for San Jose clients. Unlike standard wooden windows, this product has a fiberglass coating that protects the wood from the elements. Since no actual wood is exposed, problems like rotting, swelling, and twisting cannot occur, giving this wood-fiberglass hybrid a far longer lifespan and greater environmental sustainability.
Windows are major fixtures of any home, and as such careful consideration must be made to ensure that they are not just aesthetically pleasing but kind to the environment as well. Thanks to options like the Milgard Essence™ line, you can now have both.
(Source: Healthy, Sustainable Interior Design: A Conversation with ASID, U.S. Green Building Council)