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    Default Best type of wood for timber windows & window/door recs in inner west Melb.

    Hi just wondering what the best type of wood is for timber windows?
    Cedar or treated pine or something else?

    We're looking at getting a couple custom made.

    Can anyone also recommend any window/door companies in inner west Melbourne?

    So far we have contacted sunset joinery and whetstone and Aybeez is on our to call list.

    Many thanks.

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    Western Red Cedar is very durable as a wood, though you will pay more for it. The natural oils protect it and it is termite resistant. My cedar windows are going strong after 50 years. These days meranti is common. Both can be painted or clear finished. There are other types but I can't remember names just now. If money was no object, I'd go for ceder.

    You are not likely to get them in treated pine.

    Supplier depends on budget to an extent. Are you going double glazed?

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    Cedar will last longer than tassie oak or mountain ash hardwood which is also used for windows. Cedar will rot though like any other timber if left unprotected and is extremely soft so easy to dent and scratch. Have also seen older windows made out of oregon and red pine which are probably not used anymore.

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    I'd probably look at a quote from Stegbar, if you are chasing cedar their costs are in the ball park. Meranti for the other main timber, never seen treated pine used and the other hardwoods will not last as long.

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    Ohh haha I clearly don't know much about types of wood used for windows

    I have heard that stegbar is quite expensive though.

    How much roughly would a double hung window cost? Are we talking about $1k here or more like $5k (for a cedar wood one)?

    I don't think we will go double glazed - too expensive for us at the moment!

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    Victorian Ash Windows were great ... Vic Ash Windows <vicashw@bigpond.net.au>

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    You are Inner West Melbourne, so two Geelong based companies would probably quote - "Diamond Windows" (WR cedar) Diamond Windows ~ Home Page and "Cedar & Baltic Windows" Cedar Windows, Baltic Windows, Villa Stairs and Benchcraft Kitchen Tops | Cedar Windows, Geelong

    Diamond did great work for me many years ago, same family business now I believe, very flexible (e.g. on my own mistake) and met my unrealistic OB lead times

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    Vic ash will prob be your best price. They are fine if maintained properly. I just had a bunch done

    by a place in the S.E. not double hung though

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    Another vote for Vic Ash, had some made by binq (binq.com.au) last year and very happy with them.

    I made a window from cedar last year, couldn’t believe how soft the cedar was, you can permanently damage it using just your fingernail and a bit of pressure. Maybe I got a bad batch......

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    Aluminium makes very durable timber windows if powdercoated brown...
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    Quote Originally Posted by paddyjoy View Post
    Another vote for Vic Ash, had some made by binq (binq.com.au) last year and very happy with them.

    I made a window from cedar last year, couldn’t believe how soft the cedar was, you can permanently damage it using just your fingernail and a bit of pressure. Maybe I got a bad batch......
    Cedar is soft, but this isn't generally an issue with windows - as no one is walking on them in high heels!
    It is still very durable.



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    The main benefit of western red cedar is its dimensional stability, which is very important in the long term for windows.

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    You might try Steptoe's in Collingwood too.
    They only do pine or recycled hardwood (Vic Ash I think). Can't vouch for their windows, but we're having some entrances custom made with Steptoes.
    Might not be the cheapest option, but they do deal with the public and you can visit the factory to see the options, so you don't have a to be chippie to it done.

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