The Different Types Of Wood For Timber Windows

Different Types Of Wood For Timber Windows

The Different Types Of Wood For Timber Windows

There are two main types of wood used for timber windows: hardwood and softwood. Despite their names, hardwood windows are not necessarily hard and softwood is not always soft. Here are the variations of hardwood timber windows and softwood timber windows you need to know about.

Hardwood Timber Windows


This is characterised by a rich red or brownish-red colour. On a scale of 1 to 5, its hardness is around 2 and it consists of a straight grain. Mahogany is a great choice for any home as it takes to coating or staining well.


Beech is strong, durable and very resistant to abrasion. Due to its sturdiness, beechwood is commonly used when constructing houses. Its appearance may vary from white to pinkish-brown and possesses an aesthetically-pleasing fine grain.


Ash is one of the hardest hardwood timber windows with a score of 4 out of 5. It has a white to pale brown colour and it has a straight grain. Ash hardwood is a suitable alternative to White Oak because of its great ability to take stain.

Softwood Timber Windows


Pine is relatively soft for softwood timber windows allowing it to be easily carved and be able to take staining well. Pine is also frequently used in house furniture such as tables and chairs.


Cedar has a reddish colour and consists of a straight grain. It is comparatively soft making it very effective for weathering moist environments. Apart from timber windows, it is often used in the creation of outdoor furniture, building exteriors and decking.


Fir is characterised by a straight, pronounced grain and a reddish-brown colour. Fir is the epitome of a ‘hard’ softwood as it has a hardness of 4 on a scale of 1 to 4. It is not commonly used in building works but can be used to make a variety of furniture.

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