When you’re planning a home renovation it’s important that you’re presented with all the options, especially when it comes to things like wood, wood finishes, and carpentry work. There are so many different types of wood out there it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin, especially if your home renovation involves different wood projects, such as exposed beams, cabinetry, wood flooring, or outdoor features like decking and trellises. Generally, wood can be split into hardwood and softwood, and different types of lumber are ideal for different purposes. Fortunately, we’re very knowledgeable when it comes to wood so we want to share some of the most common types of wood for your home renovation to help take the guessing work out of your project.
Hardwood, as the name suggests, are types of wood that are much more resilient than softwood and of higher quality. It’s also slightly more expensive than softwood. Hardwood is often used for things like flooring, decking, and high-quality furniture. Examples include:
Oak is very strong, so it can be used for both structural elements and decor. Oak wood is often used for flooring, decorative carpentry such as baseboards, tables, kitchen cabinets, and exposed beams.
Mahogany has a very distinctive look and is commonly used for furniture in the home. If you have a period property or prefer a more traditional style, mahogany may be the right choice.
Another very durable wood, teak is often used for things like staircases, for the garden, and furniture such as tables and cabinets.
American black walnut
Often used in kitchens and veneers, American black walnut is a dark hardwood that’s frequently used in the interior of the home.
Softwood has a different physical make up to hardwood, and these types of wood usually come from trees like conifers, pine, or spruce. Softwood is used in various areas of the home, such as windows and doors, furniture, and MDF. Examples of softwood include:
One of the most commonly known types of softwood, pine is often used in rough and finish carpentry to make everything from window frames to flooring, to panelling to décor and furniture.
Western red cedar
Western red cedar has more of a red colouring to it and is often used for exterior structures, such as shingles on the roof, decking, and exterior panelling.
Cedar of Lebanon
Another popular type of wood for interior finishing, Cedar of Lebanon wood has a light colouring and is commonly used for rough and finish carpentry.
Hopefully this has given you some insight into the different types of wood you can use for your home renovation. If you’re looking for a carpenter or woodwork specialist in Vancouver, don’t hesitate to get in touch today and we’ll be happy to chat about your needs and the type of wood that’s best suited for your project.