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08-26-2018 10:08 AM

I live in hot and humid south Louisiana and was wondering which would be best, Spanish Cedar or Mahogany for exterior windows on a house? Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 10:38 AM

what is your end vision ??
are you going to paint them or varnish ?
I would ride around in your local area and talk with some of the homeowners
that have the old style wood windows and see what they have.
also – ask about any fitment/maintenance issues they may have.

there is a similar question on Fine Home Building

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 03:26 PM

I’ve know Spanish cedar is used a lot around here. That’s about all I got :)

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#3 posted 08-26-2018 06:20 PM

John, thanks for the link. They’ll be painted on the outside, varnished on the inside. the windows I’m replacing are made from Spanish cedar, but were poorly built, painted and started to rot in less than 10 years, I believe because of poor craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 08-26-2018 08:14 PM

there is a waterproofing recipe that we use for sealing wood projects
on boats, such as transoms, dashboards, seats, etc.
it soaks into the wood and cures solid – when following the regimen closely.
after a full cure, it can be varnished or painted over pretty much guaranteeing somewhat
of a maintenance free coating. of course all this is done before installing any glass panes.
the final topcoat will determine how often repriming and repainting will take place as well
as the environment it is in.
the bottoms of the windows where water accumulates would be the most vulnerable
to rot. this would be where I would also use a penetrating epoxy for double insurance.
sorry I can’t offer any info on the wood itself, that is totally out of my wheelhouse.
painting windows with muntins is a real pane !!!!



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#5 posted 08-28-2018 12:46 AM

Thanks again John for the info, love the reference to boats. I’m a river boat captain and IN my wheelhouse reading this LOL

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#6 posted 08-28-2018 12:52 AM

ah…. my vote: Vinyl

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#7 posted 08-28-2018 02:37 PM

Is there a reason why you’re building windows?

Not meaning to be a smart ass, just wondering why not just buy a commercial window?

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#8 posted 08-28-2018 04:12 PM

I’m thinking anyone who knows how to build a proper window know what wood to use.
Also thought everything in Louisiana that you wanted to last was made from Bald Cypress

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#9 posted 08-28-2018 06:07 PM

Is there a reason why you re building windows?
Not meaning to be a smart ass, just wondering why not just buy a commercial window?
- rwe2156

R.W.E. – that is like asking you why do you build a tool box out of wood
when it would be so much easier just to go to Harbor Freight and buy one.

AJ – I’m thinking anyone who knows how to build a proper window know what wood to use.

the OP didn’t say he knew how to build windows, he was just asking what kind of wood to use.

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#10 posted 08-28-2018 06:51 PM

In my humble opinion.


Is there a reason why you re building windows?
Not meaning to be a smart ass, just wondering why not just buy a commercial window?
- rwe2156

R.W.E. – that is like asking you why do you build a tool box out of wood
when it would be so much easier just to go to Harbor Freight and buy one.

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- John Smith


Sometimes buying is better than building your own in the long run. Windows is one of them in my opinion. Why? I want low maintenance for windows. If I build them that means painted wood which means high maintenance compared to vinyl clad or other than wood materials.

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#11 posted 08-28-2018 07:08 PM

Thanks John for clearing that up for me. I didn’t mean to insult your friend
I read the first post as if he were building a window the kind that moves. Now I am thinking he’s just trimming the outside of the windows.
Dummy me :))

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#12 posted 10-16-2018 09:00 PM

Haven’t been on the site in a while
1. Why build instead of buying- I love woodworking and if I bought wooden replacements it would cost about 10k, I can build them myself and have them installed for about 6k
2. Why wood, wooden windows are required by HOA
3. Bald cypress, new growth is ok but will rot when exposed to direct sunlight old growth is much better.
4. The ones that I’m replacing were built (very poor craftmanship) out of Spanish Ceder and rotted in 12yrs, that’s why I asked about an alternative
5. As for wood being used in Louisiana, in the past Cypress, Spanish Ceder and long leaf pine were often used.

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#13 posted 10-16-2018 09:02 PM

Also: they are 5’X8’ 9 light stationary windows

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#14 posted 10-16-2018 09:14 PM

Also: they are 5’X8’ 9 light stationary windows

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#15 posted 10-16-2018 10:05 PM

I was going to vote Fiberglass. Windows take so much weather and sun abuse, I just can’t get cranked about spending my limited shop time on them.


ah…. my vote: Vinyl

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