One of the biggest problems faced by almost any sash window company that are producing external joinery is the quality of wood and timber the day using. Green wood is ok but it needs seasoning and not quite ready for the job. In this article we’re going to go through and take a good look at all of the possible benefits of using high quality timber and wood from there we can then see which ones between softwood and hardwood make the most sense for sash windows and external joinery in general.

Pine Tree
Pine Tree

One of the best woods that can be used for external joinery if considering softwood is Pine, or BC Pine. These timbers are hard wearing and if treated can last a long time if exposed to the elements. This is most definitely a favourite choice for anyone that’s making sash windows and wants to specify softwood. The cost of this timber is relatively low to the performance and it’s extremely easy and fast growing so very sustainable.

Sapele the hardwood of choice for sash windows

wood window frame
wood window frame

Many older style joinery shops and sash window manufacturers use sapele as the go to wood for external joinery it’s been one of the most used hardwoods for external joinery over the last 20 years. This timber originated from Africa and is very dense as well as hard-wearing. “Having this kind of quality timber on your external joinery is a real bonus and it actually can even help increase the value of your property” according to Managing Director Christopher Richard from London Sash Window Repairs Ltd. One of the great things about manufacturing with sapele is how dense the material went there for when cut leaves a really crisp finish. “This is ideal for sash windows that have intricate mouldings and you really want to have that quality finish and what better timber to use when considering sustainable forestry” He goes on to say. That pretty much confirms the governments stance on wood sustainability too.

Meranti for the sash window manufacture process.

sash windows
sash windows

Meranti is a relatively new timber on the block, when considering external Joinery. This timber is much the same as sapele and also classed as a similar mahogany. The cost is almost identical to Sapele. Personally, I would suggest a using Sapele, as it’s definitely stood the test of time. That said, many high end sash window manufacturers are using this material to create quality windows.

When selecting sustainable timber to manufacture sash windows it’s important to consider that you won’t always find the ideal piece of wood because as we use the timber, stocks diminish and you might not actually be able to source the required products. But that said, if you ensure that you are using pine that’s been well treated either pressure treated or chemically then things will be fine. You could use a high quality hardwood such a Sapele and you can’t really go far wrong.

A lot of the length joinery will last is actually dictated by the paint used. If you’re using a high quality paint that won’t break down easily then the quality of timber becomes less important. This is good because it allows us to use more sustainable timber like softwood Pine, rather than Hardwood to take much longer to grow. So, what this really means is the quality of paint is backing up the lack of quality in the timber itself. Almost any Wood centre will let you know that softwood will be durable but won’t last anywhere near as long as hardwood. So it’s important to make sure that you’re using the right quality treatment before you actually paint the windows.

One of the biggest problems with Pine is the grain density. If you look at the number of growth rings in modern Pine, Scandinavian pine or Redwood as it’s often referred to as you’ll see that they just are really that many growth Rings per inch. This is a bit of a problem in the sense that using timber that effectively quite not dense can act almost as a sponge and absorb water. Obviously, this isn’t good for external joinery. But with that said, it’s pretty if it’s painted well can properly last.

sustainable timber
sustainable timber

Sash windows made from sustainable timber.

One of the biggest things with sash windows is to ensure that the timber using is well treated then covered properly. If you’re using a high quality paint system then it’s actually possible that the timber you’re using doesn’t have to be the highest or best quality, what’s most important is that you ensure that you using the correct procedure to ensure that the timber is well treated and therefore remains well protected. If you keep your timber well protected then you can almost be sure that it will last and it will be ideal for sash windows. This obviously ends up helping the sustainability with sash windows considerably.

The solid wood furniture not only can please the people’s eyes, but also can protect the environment. Therefore, it is welcomed by the middle and high grade customers. While the board furniture is cheap and has lively effect, but the density board it used contains formaldehyde. It is harmful for people’s health for long time touching. Through comparing, most customers are willing to buy the solid wood furniture at a high price.

The Problems That Often Happen When Buying Solid Wood Furniture


Because of the environment protection concept, the wood is becoming a rare source. Therefore, even for the most common solid wood furniture , it is three times higher than the board furniture. While, there are lots of complaints on this kind of products.

The manufactures that have been complaint did not mix up truth with falsehood, but using vague concept. The most frequent one is that the salesman told the customer that the cabinet made by solid wood, but customer found out that it was not solid wood. When arguing with the salesman, the customer was told that the frame of the cabinet was solid wood. As to the surface and back board, though they were high density board, they pasted solid wood peel on the surface.


In recent years, the furniture business starts to polarisation. The qualified companies focus on the middle and high grade market. Some small companies for the sake of possess the market, so they take advantage of customers’ seeking cheap psychology. That is to say, they adapt decomposition the price, inferior material acting as superb material to cheat customers. What is worse, some companies subcontract their business to the guerrilla and get some management fees. You can tell the skills from the guerrillas. They do not expect the reputation but the profit. Even worse condition is that some companies change the materials for their profit. For example, though the flooring tiles are bought under monitoring. But it could be replaced by the inferior ones at the endif you do not take it seriously.

Solid Wood Furniture
Solid Wood Furniture

Four Things You Need To Check When Buying Solid Wood Furniture


You had better go to the stores with all the certificates. And you should check out the quality and environmental protection promise they made. The business license is a must and proofs for their promises.


Do not easily believe the oral saying by the salesman when buying furniture, it requires to use the unified buying and selling furniture contract. You should check the content carefully such as the type, style and material. What is more, do not neglect the self-clause. Some stores draw up some requirements which have no good to the customers.


After deciding the price through a log time bargaining, some salesman may not give you the invoice for there is no profit for them if giving the invoice. They just give you the receipt. Some customers for the sake of cheap price will give up the invoice. However, if the quality problems occur, the force of law of receipt is much smaller than the invoice.


After buying the furniture in the shopping mall, you may ask a common seal from the front desk if possible. For some brands will leave when they reach the lease. You can get an extra insurance form the shopping mall.