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Hardwood timber

At Tradezone Windows we recognize that the manufacture of hardwood timber products can have an effect on both local and world environments. We are committed to responsible forest management and sustainable sources of timber and share this vision with our customers.

So why choose a hardwood timber product?

The eco-friendly choice

Timber is more environmentally friendly than aluminium or plastic for a number of reasons, the most important of which are:

Naturally renewable

Wood is a naturally renewable material and therefore sustainable.

PVCu windows, in contrast, are made from a non-renewable source – namely oil – which makes up to 43 per cent of the raw material required to make plastic.

Carbon neutral

Wood absorbs Carbon dioxide (CO2) rather than increasing emissions. Managed felling and replanting increases this effect, since young, growing trees absorb more CO2 than older, mature trees. Forests, and the wood they provide, are vital in the fight against climate change.

Less energy

Unlike steel, cement, bricks or PVCu windows, wood requires less energy to convert it into usable form. A plastic window frame has more than seven times the energy input in manufacture of a wooden frame of similar size and design. By using timber products instead of PVCu the world will save around 0.5 tonnes of CO2 or every ten windows and up to four tonnes if used instead of aluminium.

WWF endorsement

A recent WWF report concludes timber windows are better for the environment than PVC windows. WWF is encouraging specifiers and buyers of windows to choose wood which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This guarantees the wood has been sourced from a well-managed forest or other controlled wood source, and ensures that the timber is legal and not from a controversial source.

Wood for Good

Leading professionals in our industry have compiled the Wood for Good resource centre's website ( Here you will find one of the largest concentrations of case studies, expert advice and independent research to do with wood and its applications.

Putting the environment first

We are proud to say all our wood products are manufactured from timber sourced from sustainable, renewable forests and conform to stringent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Standards and are certified by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).

The aesthetic choice

Wood is healthy, has attractive grain patterns, warm surfaces, and people just like to touch it. Hardwood timber is a perfect material for conservatories, windows or doors and will lend your home that natural warm feeling you have always longed for.

To learn more about the finishes available for our products, go to our Specifications page.


For more information regarding our timber products, contact us on 01865 821823.

highest quality hardwood timber

Timber used

Red Grandis
Origin: Uruguay
Colour: Light red/pink
Durability: Durable
Source: FSC
Dark Red Meranti
Origin: Malaysia
Colour: Red brown/dark red
Durability: Moderately durable
Source: MTCC
European Oak
Origin: Europe
Colour: Yellowish brown
Durability: Durable
Source: FSC
Redwood (softwood)
Origin: Europe
Colour: Light brown
Durability: Non durable
Source: FSC
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