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Is hardwood essential if am getting new casement windows fitted?
I have had a couple of quotes to double glaze and fit new casement windows throughout the house (the existing frames are fine and don't need replacing). One quote is quite a bit less than the other, the main difference being that the cheaper company uses semi-hard scandinavian wood, the other company uses accoya and warned us off using soft wood (no mention made of "semi-hard wood!) How essential is it to use hardwood and is semi-hard close enough? Many thanks
It is not essential at all, I have worked for a joinery manufacturer of softwood and hardwood windows and with proper care and maintenance a softwood window the can last like a hardwood .
Answered 24th May 2012
Never heard of semi hard wood, most scandinavian tinber is softwood.
Softwood timber requires more care and maintenance than softwood however hardwood isnt maintenance free
Answered 7th Dec 2012
No not at all, most casement windows will be soft wood and are treated or painted. You would only use hardwood if it was something you wanted to leave visible.
Answered 8th Aug 2013