Hardwood

We are going to leave cedar out of this description as, not only have we given it a description of its own, it is strictly speaking not a hardwood as the cedar tree is not deciduous, even though it will outperform many hardwoods for durability. In the past the main hardwood used was sapele mahogany from the Far East or Brazilian Mahogany from the South American rain forests. Neither of these species was, in the past from sustainable resources, indeed, some of this timber was produced using the worst of logging practises. Although this timber is now available from FSC certified sources the bad practises have resulted in the more recent introduction of species such as idigbo into garage door manufacture. Idigbo is sourced from renewable plantations in West Africa. Oak, mainly from the Pacific North West of North America, has, and still is used for garage door manufacture. Again, in the past some of the logging methods used were unsustainable but the oak used now is from FSC certifiable resources. Weight Of the three main species, Idigbo is more suited to garage door manufacture than is sapele mahogany, which is much heavier and also oak which again, is a lot heavier. It does however weigh more than cedar. Weight is a very important factor in the material used to make garage doors. The weight of the door leaf has to be counter balanced, usually with springs. This becomes especially critical with double garage door sizes. The number of springs required is finite. There will come a point when the physical installation of the springs becomes too difficult to perform and also hazardous. Not only this; the door can be so heavy that it is inherently dangerous and will not conform to CE Regulations. Of the manufacturers whose doors we distribute Silvelox and Novoferm produce hardwood sectional garage doors and Woodrite up and overs. ...More

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