Re-View uses many different types of wood species in the manufacture of our historic wood windows.
Accoya® wood has been thoroughly tested for dimensional stability, durability, UV resistance, paint retention and in ground conditions to ensure optimal performance. It is so reliable that for many years it has been, and continues to be, used by scientists as the benchmark against which other treatments and modifications are measured.
African Mahogany is a very economical hardwood and displays excellent durability. It is highly resistant to decay and termite attack, making it an excellent wood for exterior windows.
One attribute that makes Cypress an excellent wood for historic windows is that the grain is normally straight. Re-View uses a great deal of Cypress in the manufacture of windows because of its durability and its high natural resistance to decay.
A unique feature of Douglas Fir is the vertical grain, which means that the grain of the wood is very straight and parallel with the next growth ring. This creates a quite uniform appearance and makes it less likely to warp or twist. Douglas Fir displays excellent durability to the elements.
Mahogany is considered to be one of the most stable commercially important timbers because it holds its place well in use and displays little movement. Genuine Mahogany is durable, and has excellent weathering properties, which makes it a popular wood for boat building and window fabrication. It is resistant to brown rot and white rot fungi. The color is relatively consistant, making it an excellent wood for staining.
Re-View has the capability to Laminate woods together to achieve any type of interior finish desired. In many cases, it is desired to have the window system match the trim on the interior of the window opening. Some woods are not practical for window fabrication because they do not have the durability necessary for long term performance. Re-View is able to utilize a wood such as Mahogany as the primary sash for frame piece and then laminate the desired wood to the interior surface. Since the inferior wood is not exposed to the elements, you have the durability of a hardwood with the beauty of the desired species.
The heartwood of Spanish Cedar is reported to have a high natural resistance to decay and is highly resistant to termites. The wood stains and paints wonderfully well. The only disadvantage with Spanish Cedar compared to the Mahoganies, is that it is a soft wood and can scratch and dent more easily.
Re-View prefers not to use Pine in the construction for our historic windows since it displays very poor durability. Yellow Pine is susceptible to wood rot and is attractive to a wide variety of insects. We will only use Yellow Pine if we treat every milled piece with a wood preservative and insect repellent.