Many older or more upscale homes feature wood window frames, which are still valued for their elegance, flexibility and durability. Although traditional wood types like pine, Douglas fir and oak are still widely available, many homeowners have started looking for newer, more visually interesting woods for their replacement windows. Because windows have a natural tendency to draw the eye, the frame you choose can have a significant impact on the overall impression of a room. These four less conventional woods are attractive and long-lasting, and they should all be considered if you are currently planning a renovation.
Juniper trees grow in a twisting and meandering fashion, and their wood reflects this whimsical character. Knots and winding grain patterns are to be expected, and the wood tends to look best when stained to a rich, understated dark brown. Juniper is one of the rarer woods used by window manufacturers, but if you are looking for the feel of a rustic cottage, it is one of your best options.
Walnut wood is especially appreciated for its aesthetic value and has been mimicked endlessly in faux wood paneling or vinyl. The swirling bands of dark punctuated by rings of lighter gold make walnut both visually arresting and capable of blending into nearly any decorative style. Black walnut is a more expensive but also more stylish possibility known for its deep colors and sweeping grains.
Hickory is one of the hardest woods known, making it particularly suitable for use in window frames. It is less dramatic than the prior woods, with a tighter grain and less contrast in color, though some grains may vary between light and reddish brown in an eye-catching pattern. Choose this wood if you want a lighter-colored frame for your replacement window or a more subtle background for your view and window treatments. What hickory lacks in splashiness, it more than makes up for in taste and longevity.
Mahogany has long been the gold standard in wood for furniture and home construction, thanks in part to its incredible color and propensity to absorb stain effectively. Besides its dark red hue, mahogany is also valued because it does not expand and contract as readily as other woods. This makes it less likely to crack or allow in moisture, increasing its effective lifespan as a consequence. Although mahogany can be significantly more expensive than other wood window replacements, the peace of mind and sheer opulence it can bring to your home are often well worth a slightly higher upfront investment. If you still aren't sure which wood is right for your windows, start checking with your local window dealer to see what is available in your area and what will look best inside your home.
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