Sourcing, Cutting, and Prepping:
Every door and window starts in a forest.
Vancouver Island offers some of the finest softwoods in the world: Douglas fir, red cedar, red alder, and hemlock. The Province of British Columbia has strict forest management policies, ensuring trees are sustainably harvested and the surrounding ecosystems are protected. Nearly all of the weight in wood is made up of carbon - absorbed from the atmosphere and now stored in your window and door products - products which further save emissions with their high performing design properties to keep you warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer.
Our blank door and window components are graded for cosmetic and structural usage. Our standard window component utilizes 3 or 4 solid wood laminations - to create a stronger, and more stable window. Doors can be built from solid wood, or also engineered components for increased stability.
Our competitors source their wooden components, while we work directly with local forestry companies and sawmills to build our own. We personally select logs and order cuts, and milled lumber is kiln-dried (12-13% moisture content) in our own facility. This allows us to maintain tight control of quality – and remain completely responsive to our customers’ needs.
If a wood species isn’t available locally, our proximity to world class timber suppliers means we can access a variety of exotic woods.
The first step in producing windows and doors is to machine lumber into component pieces. Using state-of-the-art machinery, every component is precision-cut to a specific according to the design settles upon. Our technology grants us ultimate flexibility in design, while maintaining consistency – and 0.1mm repeated accuracy. We are equipped to process single components up to 6m (20ft) in length for clean lines without interruptions.
Finishing and Assembling:
Before assembling your products, component pieces are professionally finished “impregnated". Our technology finishes 100% of surfaces – even the parts you can’t see. This is achieved by immersing machined components in tanks of a special finish - as opposed to spraying on stains and top coats after the product is fully assembled.
Impregnation is a woodworking procedure where the wood is able to absorb a special solution which increases stability, strength, and water resistance, while at the same time protecting the wood against fungal or insect attack.
After initial impregnation, component pieces are assembled like pieces of a jigsaw. Parts are glued and pressed, and checked for quality. We then impregnate the door/window a second time, and apply a final sealer and top-coat.
While other companies build their coatings up between 2 and 4 wet mils, our coating build up is 3-5 times thicker than our competitors due to the advanced technology we have available to us.
The final production step is fitting your door or window with customized hardware. Hardware plays an essentially role in the stability and longevity of doors and windows - as well as providing the interface for you to use them. We aim to balance function with aesthetic appeal and maintain the same quality standards with our fittings as with our doors.
When a window or door is complete and checked for fit and function, the product is then packaged and ready for shipping.