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What are Hardwood Windows?

Timber windows can generally separated into two different types – hardwood and softwood. Both have very different properties and suit homes in different ways. Some people find the term hardwood to be confusing. After all, what’s the difference between the two?

Hardwood Definition: hardwood comes from long growing trees that produce seeds with a covering such as acorns and walnuts, and also fruits such as apples.

Softwood Definition: softwood trees on the other hand are seed-bearing and produce seeds that are not covered. These trees are fast growing and produce seeds like pines that are naturally released into the wind once they mature, spreading seeds over a much wider area.

Types of Hardwood

There are many different types of hardwood to choose from when purchasing windows made from hardwood timber. Let’s take a look at the different types of hardwood below.

Oak: one of the most traditional material choices for timber windows, oak has been used in window construction for hundreds of years. Known for its durability and strength, oak is perfect for even the heaviest of uses and can last for a lifetime, if properly maintained. Another significant benefit of oak windows is they offer incredible aesthetics thanks to the tree’s detailed grain.

Meranti: one of the most popular hardwood timbers in UK construction, is extremely strong, durable, and stable. A beautifully attractive hardwood. Meranti is darker timber and is well suited to a transparent coating. Ideal for heritage properties and houses situated in conservation areas.

The Benefits of Hardwood

All the hardwood trees are slow grown that have a tighter grain than softwood, making it extremely durable and promising a long lifespan.

Hardwood is Strong and Durable: all of our timber windows are constructed from quality timber, retaining the beauty of real wood but with the benefits of rot and decay protection.

Hardwood Windows and Weather Protection: All of the windows we sell and install have been protected against the changeable weather conditions. An impenetrable barrier against any moisture getting into the wood. This helps ensure that our windows are protected all year round.

Colourfast Coatings: another benefit of hardwood is that it can be painted or stained to suit the existing look and feel of your property. The harwood windows we sell and install are available in a wide variety of colours. So, you’re sure to find something suitable for your home. Our paint and stain warranty protects the aesthetics of your windows from extreme weather conditions and peeling paint.

Hardwood Provides Thermal Efficiency: timber is a natural insulator and with the combination of timber window frames and double glazing. The thermal efficiency of your home is significantly improved. Thanks to our beautiful window designs, you can enjoy the original charm our timber sash windows. As well as the beneficial modern additions of double glazing, secure locking mechanisms, and workmanship guarantees. No draughts, exceptionally secure, and extremely hard wearing, our timber sash windows offer the best of both worlds without the compromise.

Timber Can Last a Lifetime: research has shown that time and time again, timber lasts significantly longer than alternative materials. And with effective care and maintenance, wood can last a lifetime. You can find out how to maintain your sash windows properly here.

Timber Windows Offer High Performance

One of nature’s masterpieces, timber is a natural insulator that looks great and increases the comfort in your home.

Hardwood windows can:

Reduce the cost of your energy bills
Enhance the appearance of your property
Add value to your home for many years to come

As well as double glazed windows, we can also install triple glazing for our customers who want to cater to a more demanding environmental criteria.

Double Glaze Windows are Made to Meet the Demands of Modern Users

We are proud to install energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly timber windows for our customers. Designed to offer maximum performance and high levels of security, our timber sash windows will improve the look of your home, minimise your energy costs, and add value to your home.

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