Timber Types & Processes

The timber we use is of the highest grade and is highly engineered, along with our waterproof D4 Glue to ensure maximum stability for all products, including Oak doors, Sapele hardwood doors and any type of softwood windows. Actually softwood is more energy efficient than hardwood, uPVC and obviously aluminium.

SOFTWOOD

European Redwood timber offers durability and stability. Since it has the reduced moisture absorption it helps enhance weather proofing and also has a prolonged lifespan. It’s characterized with a loose attractive grain. Softwood windows are more energy efficient than any other window or door material, check the fact sheet here.

 

Our recommendation:  As softwood is the most energy efficient and has a beautiful grain, this is our preferred choice of timber for most timber windows and doors. As it is a little softer than hardwood, maybe it’s not the best choice for a busy front door or back door, but certainly a great choice for windows.

Softwood can be treated with either paint or our wax solution for minimal maintenance. 

HARDWOOD

A very stable, strong and durable timber, characterised by a dense grain and a dark red colour. If you require hardwood windows painted in a RAL or White finish, then we definitely recommend Sapele/Meranti timber. It also has a very prestigious appearance when finished in a natural wax Stain. 

Our recommendation:  if you can not have an aluminium cill, this is the next best option as it is very hard and robust, so is best used for cills and entrance doors or busy doors.  Sapele is easily treatable with our highly durable wood protection options.

HARDWOOD (oak doors)

Best for the Internal side of windows or doors, for maximum beauty, Oak is the ideal choice if you’re having a Stained finish and would like something extra special inside. It is an incredibly durable and strong timber, characterized by beautiful wood grain effects.

 

 

Our recommendation:  contrary to common beliefs, oak is best suited to less weather prone areas as the sun will make its natural beauty quickly disappear with its UV rays, unless very well stained and protected with a dark stain or solid paint, that must be of the highest quality.

Oak is known for its beauty but is best used internally.  You can have a two tone finish to get the best of both worlds, stained natural wood inside and a solid painted finish outside, which will allow you to enjoy its beauty but also protect it from the UV rays outside.

Timber Processing

What’s under the paint is critical for durability, so the timber used must be of the highest grade and must not have any knots or be too sappy. 

All wood should be well settled after it comes from the kiln drying process to rid it of all anomalies and to let it settle in its natural dry state before it’s used.

The Moisture Content of wood used for manufacturing exterior joinery for the UK climate is between 12% and 16% MC. This ideal is supported by the BWF (British Woodworking Federation) and the BSI (British Standards Institution).

Equally important is our engineering process, which ensures that windows and doors do not bend and bow. Special joints using lots of small elements of wood, which is only used in the centres, and then we cover it with whole elements to ensure the beauty of the timbers grain is maintained on both faces, inside and outside, concealing all joints.