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Hardwood Timber ConservatoriesHardwood conservatories are the most traditional of all conservatories and are without a shadow of a doubt, the most beautiful of all conservatories. The level of detail that can be accomplished by timber cannot be equalled by any material currently used. The timber can be shaped and cut via advanced CNC machines. This can create timber goods which are within a millimetre of the original blueprint. Almost all kinds of architectural designs like dentil moulding, gothic arches, crestings, swept heads, finials, etc can be replicated in hardwood.
Normally, Sapele, Mahogany, Oak, etc are used to produce conservatories. These species of hardwoods are collected by cutting down trees from sustainable forests from around the world.

Although it is quite costly when compared to uPVC or aluminium, it is one of the few materials which can be used to create any artificial shape while at the same time offering the benefits of double glazing.

It is particularly ideal for use in listed buildings and property in conservation areas which need planning permission for any extension or alteration. In such cases, you may be required to use oak, which is the most expensive of all the materials, but is it the strongest and the most durable of all the other types of materials.

In case, you do not like hardwood, you can use engineered timber. Make people choose to use European Redwood for creating engineered timber since it is in plenty of supply and is quite cheap when compared to other varieties. To create engineered timber, three pieces of timber are laminated to each other and the middle piece is inserted with the rain running in the opposite direction of the other two pieces. This method drastically reduces the degree of bend and movement which is normally seen when one uses softwood. This whole section is then pressure treated with preservatives and the finished product is nearly as good as hardwood but is considerably cheaper.

Both, timber and hardwoods can be stained and painted. Many major companies have a spray paint option which creates an outstanding finish and a silky texture, without hiding the natural grain of the wood. The most popular colours on the market are lichen and cream, but the full spectrum of RAL is available on request.

Even though it is quite expensive, Hardwood is the material of choice when making bespoke conservatories because the ultimate conservatory requires the ultimate building material. But keep in mind that varying thickness of the hardwood frame will affect the structural strength of the conservatory.

Besides the colour and design options available to timber and hardwood, another reason that they are so popular is that it is an easy material to work with, especially when designing strange and unusual frames which replicate complex designs like Georgian Astragal bars and Gothic Arches, as these cannot be made using uPVC and Aluminium.