Simple Tips on How to Choose the Best Hardwood for Windows

August 7th, 2018

If it is time to replace your old windows of yours, you’re probably deciding what type of window you’d like. Wood? uPVC? Something else? Whether you are in the market for prefabricated windows or prefer bespoke windows, you need to keep in mind that it is advisable to make your choice keeping in mind the style of your home – period or modern. The replacement windows should match the overall design and feel of the structure of your property.

Your options for material include hardwood, softwood, aluminum and uPVC. But, if you want heavy-duty windows, you are better off choosing hardwood windows. They are often classified as HC (heavy commercial) windows and can be used for different applications – residential, commercial, light commercial or even heavy commercial construction. The next question would be “what is the best hardwood for windows?”

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In this article, we are going to give you tips and guides on how you should go about choosing the best hardwood for your windows. Read more here:

Know what types of hardwoods are available.

The first thing you need to know about hardwood windows is that there are several options and it could become quite confusing if you are not familiar with them. Among your choices are Mahogany (also known as Sapele), European Oak, Iroko, Idigbo, and Utile.

Mahogany is a type of hardwood with reddish brown colour and comes from the Sapele tree found in Africa. The well-defined grain of this hardwood is what made it popular for windows – these are really durable and perfect for heavy-duty construction. In some of these logs, you can see straight grain but random grains are more common.


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European Oak is a light tan colour, giving it a totally different appearance to mahogany. It is widely used since it has no conservation issues due to not being an endangered type of wood. When quartersawn, this hardwood usually has a silvery and straight grain appearance.

Another type of hardwood from Africa is the Iroko hardwood. This one is golden brown in colour and comes from the Milicia tree – which has a low threatened status. Remember to have it treated if you use this hardwood for your sash or casement windows, or you’ll end up with silvery grey colour windows.

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If you want windows with good overall strength and naturally moisture-resistant, the Idigbo hardwood is for you. This one has a yellow to light brown colour and is easier to work, or shape, compared to other hardwoods. Lastly, we have the Utile hardwood – another tree found in Africa in the deciduous high forest. The colour is similar to Mahogany – reddish with striped irregular grain.

These are just some of the hardwood options in the market for you to choose from. It is best to ask your manufacturer about the types of hardwoods that they offer.

Know the durability of the hardwoods.

Durability should be at the top of your checklist when looking for replacement hardwood windows. After all, you are investing money and you want your investment to be worth it – for the windows to last as long as possible.

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To make sure that you are getting the best long lasting hardwood windows to consult guides to find out how durable a type of wood is. Woods are classified into classes, and depending on which class they belong to, they can last from 5 years to 25 years. The durability of these woods also depends on where they were grown.

Are you looking for a replacement to your hardwood windows? Hugo Carter is here to help. Check out our sash windows and casement windows – all made from the best hardwood for windows. Call us if you have any question and we’ll be glad to assist!

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