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The Different Types of Wood We Use

When deciding which types of timber to use for our bespoke windows, doors, and furniture, we have to consider a number of factors to ensure that we choose a type of wood with the right properties.

When deciding which types of timber to use for our bespoke windows, doors, and furniture, we have to consider a number of factors to ensure that we choose a type of wood with the right properties.

The factors include:

  • Durability, an essential quality

  • Straightness of the grain for stability

  • Texture (fine or coarse) - The finer the grain the easier to finish to a high standard

  • Availability - Supplies can vary

  • Sustainability - We are fully FSC® certified

  • Cost - Purchasing timber on the basis of cost is almost always a false economy

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What Different Types of Wood Do We Use?

As we discussed above, we consider a number of factors when choosing the different types of wood we use, be it a hardwood, a softwood, or a modified wood. But, when you come to choosing the types of timber you’d like to use in your home, you’ll need to consider your particular structural and aesthetic requirements, the properties of different woods and your budget.

Whichever you choose, it’s important that the timber is correctly treated and finished so that it performs well over time. At London Joinery Services, we only use top quality sustainably sourced timbers which are dehumidified and treated prior to manufacture. We also apply four coats of microporous paint or stain to protect your chosen timber from any type of degradation until the factory coating requires repainting.

Below you’ll find detailed information about all of the different types of wood we use at London Joinery Services to help you make your decision. All of the timber we purchase is FSC certified. 
 

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SIBERIAN LARCH:

 

Siberian Larch is a type of timber that is commonly used for the construction of the frame and sashes. It is classified as a softwood but (like quality hardwood) is naturally durable and does not require any preservative treatment. 

 

This type of timber is very slow growing, and the consequence of this is very tight growth rings. The closeness of the annual growth rings results in a very dense and durable material making it ideal for the challenging climate conditions in the UK. All the Siberian Larch sections we use are made up of engineered clear grade knot free timber for extra strength and durability.
 

RED MERANTI:

 

Red Meranti is the type of timber that we use for all of our window and door sills. Meranti is a hardwood that is variable in both colour and density due to the many sub-species of tree. Red Meranti is a popular, affordable South East Asian hardwood that doesn’t easily take preservatives, and is good value for money.

RED GRANDIS:

 

Red Grandis is a high-grade type of timber, and is naturally very durable. Engineered Red Grandis hardwood is used as our standard timber for stained finished products, and can also be selected as a total construction alternative option upon request.

ACCOYA:

 

Accoya is a specially treated modified timber that has incredible levels of performance, and is one of the different types of wood we use to construct the internal/external liners of our window frames, as well as the sash midrail. 

Accoya is a ‘modified timber’, meaning that the base material is subjected to a chemical process which fundamentally alters the cell structure of the timber, preventing its ability to hold moisture; an excellent feature of window and door timbers.

We make all of our timber windows and doors using Accoya ™, or durable hardwood. These types of timber are reasonably forgiving of any subsequent lack of maintenance, or neglect, and can last a lifetime. Accoya ™ is a sustainably sourced manufactured wood, and is guaranteed against rot above ground for 50 years. View the video below for more information.  

With the points above firmly in mind, we make our timber windows and doors from AccoyaTM or durable hardwood. These timbers are reasonably forgiving of any subsequent lack of maintenance or neglect and will last a lifetime and beyond.

 

AccoyaTM is a sustainably sourced manufactured wood which is guaranteed against rot above ground for 50 years.  Watch the video to view some of the benefits of AccoyaTM.  

Other Types of Timber Used in our Products
 

While the different types of wood listed above are some of the most common that we use in our products at London Joinery Services, we also use other hardwoods such as Sapele, Oak, Sweet Chestnut and Teak, and softwoods including Douglas Fir, Larch, and Red Cedar.

Get in Touch

We hope that you found the information in this page about the different types of wood we use helpful and informative. If you would like more information on a specific type of timber we use, or help deciding the perfect material for your product, get in touch today, we’re always happy to help.