Demand for bespoke joinery is on the rise, according to Northamptonshire timber construction group Scotts of Thrapston.

The company said enquires and sales for bespoke timber doors and windows is up 20% on the same period last year. “There is a rekindled appreciation of wood, now often the preferred replacement for early PVCu that is coming to the end of its life,” said chairman David Scott.

“Advancements in coatings and preservatives mean that timber windows and doors no longer require the high maintenance of yesteryear, and energy performance can be exceptional.”

Ian Hodgkin, general manager of the joinery division, said the popularity for manufacturing bespoke doors and windows had “gone exponential”.

“Most notably we have been producing a lot of lead weight and pulley vertical sliding sashes, sone 2.5m in width and 4m in height,” he said.

“There also appears to be a trend for raised and fielded panel doors, often with stained glass.”

Scotts also said its roof truss division posted a 35% increase in like-for-like sales.