Finding the right carpenter

carpenter-using-carpentry-tools_Whatever job you need done at home, it is important to find the right professional to do it for you. When it comes to carpentry, this need not be a difficult thing to do, you just need to know what to look for when looking for a carpenter.

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The benefits of wood in construction

new-house-being-constructed-using-timberWe recently talked about how to best preserve and maintain the wood within you home. That may have got you thinking… What are the benefits of wood over other materials and is it still something that is widely used in the construction of homes and their constituent parts? So we are taking a step back this month and looking at this a little more closely: what are the benefits – and disadvantages – of wood as a construction material?

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Why Choose Accoya?

Accoya wood

What is it?

Accoya wood is produced from sustainably sourced, fast growing wood using a non-toxic modification process from the surface to the core.  The result is a durable, stable, reliable and beautiful solid wood with the performance characteristics of the most durable tropical hardwoods but offering very valuable environmental credentials.  Accoya can be used to produce beautiful, custom-made joinery products, such as windows and doors, that are low maintenance, highly stable and can be expected to match or even exceed the performance durable hardwoods such as oak, teak, iroko and sapele……..

Ten good reasons to choose Accoya:

1.Durable – your joinery will stand the test of time and not require replacement for a least 60 years.

2.Beautiful natural product which can be recoated, repaired or recycled at the end of its useful life.

3.Stable –  windows and doors will be resistant to swelling or shrinkage

4.Low maintenance – factory coated products are guaranteed for 10 years.

5.Sustainable – by enhancing the durability and stability of a fast growing, abundantly available timber, Accoya has a significant environmental advantage over slow growing hardwoods which are often limited in their sustainable supply.

6.Non-toxic – the acetylation process used to alter the molecular structure of the timber to create Accoya is non toxic unlike other preparations and processes used to preserve hardwoods and softwoods.

7.100% recyclable

8.Naturally insulating – significantly improved thermal insulation qualities over most hardwoods.

9.Versatile – it can be opaque, transculent or transparent coated with water based finishes which can last up to three times longer.

10.Tried and tested – Accoya has been tested over prolonged periods in all types of weathering conditions – above ground, below ground and even in water.

Parsons Joinery have successfully completed the Accoya Certification Scheme which means that we have a full understanding of the manufacturing process and the correct use of ancillary materials, finishes and ironmongery.

Watch this promotional film on Accoya the ‘wood of the future’.

For further information please contact Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870

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WHY WOOD – eight good reasons to choose timber

Investing in replacement windows and/or doors for your home takes careful consideration and you need to feel confident that the choices you make are going to give you good value for money – why choose wood?



BEAUTY AND QUALITY – First and foremost, wood is naturally beautiful, adding character and warmth to your property and often value too.

DURABILITY – A good quality wooden window or door will, with careful maintenance, last a lifetime and a fully factory finished piece of joinery should give up to 10 years of life before it requires recoating.

SUSTAINABILITY – wood is a natural product and is endlessly renewable through recycling and renewable energy.

VERSATILITY – wooden joinery can be painted to change its appearance to match your current decorating scheme. Wooden joinery can be renovated and repaired.

VALUE FOR MONEY – when compared with other high quality construction materials.

AUTHENTICITY – the best choice for period properties as it replaces like for like and can be moulded to replicate original features.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY – growing trees absorb emissions. Each tonne of timber used instead of other building materials saves around a tonne of carbon dioxide. Timber products are biodegradable, rotting away naturally when they come to the end of their lifespan.

PRACTICALITY – wooden windows and doors can be manufactured to incorporate modern thermally efficient glass and security ironmongery.

Contact us if you’re thinking of replacing your windows or doors for timber – 01273 814870

preserving your timber products

Preserving the appearance & longevity of your timber products

Choosing your finish

preserving your timber products

At Parsons we try not to be prescriptive about any aspects of our customer service and endeavour to accommodate the individual requirements of our customers – a truly bespoke service.

However, we do emphasise the importance of a high quality finish and a rigorous maintenance programme to preserve both the appearance and longevity of our products.



Like any high performance, engineered product, timber windows and doors require care and attention and the finish applied either prior to installation or immediately following will determine durability, efficient performance and visual appeal. We use our considerable experience of the characteristics of timber and thorough research of the market to select the finishes that we recommend for our joinery.

Read more about the products we recommend here & maintaining your custom made joinery here

Showroom oak window frame

A great look Oak at a fraction of the cost

Many of the projects that we undertake are for customers who love the appearance of European oak and, undoubtedly, the warm tones and attractive wood grain in oak windows and doors can transform the appearance of a property.  Here are some examples of previous projects:

However, European oak is one of the most expensive timber options and, when undertaking any renovation project, the available budget may not allow for the price of oak even though aesthetically it may be the preferred option………….we may be able to offer an alternative solution.

Grandis oak:  100% FSC Red Grandis timber with Teknos protective oak stain

Combining the outstanding workability and durability of Red Grandis with Teknos’ aesthetic and protective oak stain – a great oak look available at a fraction of the cost.

Apart from excellent value for money and the beauty of a natural product, why choose Grandis oak?

  • Durability and performance
  • Teknos system out performs traditional treatments for rot, mould and moisture ingress
  • Extended prevention against weathering
  • Fully water based system reduces harmful emissions associated with solvent based preservatives
  • Simple maintenance keeps joinery performing and looking great
  • Grandis is a responsibly sourced, plantation grown timber which is 100% FSC
  • Cost


Call us on 01273 814870

to view our showroom sample and to book your free site survey and quotation.


RED GRANDIS – Sustainable, durable, cost effective

Here at Parsons Joinery we are constantly researching alternative timbers and processes to offer cost effective joinery solutions to our customers. Most recently, we have been working with a South American timber called Red Grandis, a member of the Eucalyptus family.

We use a variety of hardwoods including utile and European oak for their beauty, versatility and durability but what most attracted us to this particular timber was it’s incredible credentials as it is Pure (100%) FSC certified.
FSC certification reflects the proper use of forestry resources through regulation which ensure that plantations are well managed with consideration for people, workers, wildlife and the environment.
Whilst working with Red Grandis in the machine shop, it has proved to be a high-grade, clear timber with superior consistency in colour, appearance, grain and workability and can be stained or painted or left untreated to weather to an attractive silver grey colour. In fact, Red Grandis can be stained to resemble other species such as oak, offering a very attractive and cost effective alternative.
To view a sample window, please call us to arrange a visit to our showroom.
Why choose Red Grandis?
  • Responsibly sourced
  • FSC pure
  • Cost effective alternative to other hardwoods
  • Sustainable
  • Plantation grown
  • Durable and fungui resistant
  • Outstanding structural stability
  • Uniform in colour, appearance and grain
  • High quality finish
  • High end product at an affordable price
  • Can be stained to resemble oak



For a free quotation or for further information, please call Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870.

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