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Should I Use Hardwood or Softwood Timber for My Doors and Windows?

Timber used for construction can generally be split into types, namely softwood or hardwood.

The classification of timber into softwood and hardwood can be misleading since some softwood trees tend to be hard while some hardwood trees tend to be soft. Balsa wood is a deciduous species of angiosperm and as such it is classified as a hardwood but it is actually very soft! To differentiate between these two types of trees it is best to remember that they have different properties and as such their use in construction depends on the needs of the homeowner. Essentially, the difference between softwoods and hardwoods lies in their cellular structure.

From the description above, we can see that the terminology used to classify trees does not make much sense. Hardwoods are dense and harder to cut while evergreens are less dense than deciduous species and they are thus more easy to cut. As Balsa wood demonstrates, there is no weight requirement for a tree to be classified as a hardwood.

If you are seeking timber for building windows or doors, our manufacturer offers the following types of wood.

1. Hardwood

a) Sapele Hardwood

The Sapele wood offered by KJM for building windows and trees is the most popular option among buyers. This tropical hardwood is strong, durable and stable and it is ideal for joinery. It is sourced from West Africa and Cameroon and is classified as a moderately durable wood with a durability rating of 3-4. Thanks to its dark, reddish and brown appearance, it is very appealing and it can take a transparent coating well.

Pros of Using Sapele Wood

• This wood does not require preservation as it is not permeable
• It has a density of 640 kg/m2 compared to the European Oak which has a density of kg/m2 and the European Redwood that has a density of kg/m2
• 50% of the purchases of Sapele wood made from our manufacturer are Verified Progress.

This wood is suitable for properties in conservation areas and heritage properties.

b) Oak Type Hardwood

Oak wood is the traditional material that has been used for centuries in constructing wooden windows and doors. Oak is a hardwood that has incredible strength and durability and as such, it is suitable for uses in heavy construction. Oak wood can last for a very long time as long as it is properly maintained. Windows and doors made of oak are also very aesthetically pleasing because of the subtle grains in the oak tree. Oak wood is perfect for homeowners seeking a traditional look.

Pros of Using Oak Hardwood

  • This wood has beautiful grains which provide a great heritage aesthetic effect
  • It is very strong and durable
  • Oak products are highly durable
  • Oak wood is authentic and a perfect choice for homeowners looking for traditional windows.

This wood is perfect for use in heritage properties, properties built in conservation areas and traditional homes.

2. Softwood

a) Redwood Softwood

Redwood timber does not have a lot of moisture uptake meaning that it is more weatherproof and as such more durable. The nature of this wood makes it durable for use in different construction settings.

If you are seeking to add a traditional charm to your residence without compromising on any modern aesthetics, you cannot go wrong with redwood timber windows and doors.

Pros of Using Redwood Softwood

  • This wood is very stable and durable
  • It does not take in a lot of moisture, meaning it is very durable
  • It blends in well with modern aesthetics.

This type of wood is ideal for modern properties and houses based on modern architectural plans.

b) Accoya Softwood

This is a specially treated type of softwood that has incredible properties. When Accoya wood is treated through the non-toxic acetylation process, its cellular structure usually changes, giving the wood better performance. This type of wood has a lifespan of about 60 years, has thermal insulation properties, is waterproof and it is also aesthetically appealing. Accoya softwood can even repel insects. This type of wood can be used to construct windows and doors for both modern and traditional properties. To get more information on this type of tree, you can watch a video on our Accoya softwood page.

Pros of Using Accoya Softwood

  • This softwood is highly durable as it has a lifespan of at least 60 years
  • This wood provides better insulation than hardwood timber
  • Factory coatings that are applied on the Accoya wood usually last longer
  • Products and items that are made from Accoya usually have less likelihood of distorting.