Types of Wood for Doors & Windows: Oak vs. Pine vs. Mahogany
A lifelong wood expert reveals what you should know about wood for windows and doors.
This is why wood scientists exist, and why Marvin relies on in-house, advanced degree-holding wood scientists to inform their research and manufacturing processes. If you’re advising customers on what type of wood might be best for windows and doors, you’ll want to know why Marvin’s Wood Scientist, Ben Wallace, thinks Pine is extremely underrated, Oak is a bit high-maintenance, and why you shouldn’t just take a supplier’s word for it when they say they’re selling you Honduran Mahogany.
What Types of Wood is Used for Windows?
Marvin offers three types of wood for the exterior: Pine, Douglas Fir, and Honduran Mahogany, with additional options in our clad wood offerings.
Pine is the go-to choice and all our windows are designed with pine.
Sometimes a different look is desired, and Douglas Fir shows more vertical grain, even through the finish. It is also a slightly more durable option than pine because it contains more heartwood, but keep in mind that a lot of the durability comes from the design of a window and if it’s designed to resist water well.
Honduran Mahogany is the most stable and durable wood option and will perform well for a long time. The one place to avoid using Honduran Mahogany is in a condensing environment, such as a pool or hot tub room.
Here, Wallace shares five things you probably don’t know about wood and windows.