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Postby RedCarter » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:09 pm

Hi All,

I wonder if anyone would be able to provide any advice on the type of wood that we are being told to use for new window frames.

We have just moved into a house and due to a poor state of repair of all of the windows we would like to have them replaced. Our preference is to use wood as it is in keeping with the style of the house.

Our glazier is pushing for us to use Scandinavian Redwood and has said that this will last us a life time. I have been trying my best to research if the this the case and have found more negative comments than positive ones. The remarks are based around the fact that it is grown to quickly, which results in lower quality wood and therefore a shorter lifespan. I have put these comments to the glazier and he doesn't agree. I have asked for options but he is reluctant to offer anything apart from Maranti or Louarn, which I can't really find any comments on and has only led to more confusion.

In your opinion should we stay clear of the redwood and use a different company requesting another type of softwood such as Douglas Fir or is the Redwood a suitable option?

This may be something I am over thinking but I would like to get it right the first time rather than have to revisit it in 10 - 20 years.

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Postby proptech » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:51 pm

Hi RedCarter
Personal opinion only.
Why choose wood, when PVC can now be obtained in so many styles and colours. Think of the maintenance problems with wood, whatever finish you use will require regular treatment. I repeat personal only, but if I moved into a property with wooden windows, they'd be in a skip very soon. - Sorry!
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