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?”
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.
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.