Which type of wood is best for building your home

Wood has been a go-to construction material for many homeowners and construction professionals because it’s a natural resource. It’s also strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Choosing the best wood to use for your construction project is critical because it can increase your home value. The type of wood you choose will also affect your construction budget. The type of wood you use for your building project should be based on the different strengths and qualities of the wood and your personal preference. This article discusses the different types of wood SD Built used in carpentry and which one is best for your construction project.

The Choice Between Hardwood or Softwood Construction 

The first choice you make is whether you will use hardwoods or softwood for your project.  Hardwoods grow slower, require longer drying times, and are denser than softwoods. All these factors make hardwood expensive. Because of their condensed, resilient property and complex structure, hardwoods generally offer a superior level of sturdiness and durability and are used for projects that require longevity. 

C0mpared to hardwoods, softwoods are more readily available since they grow faster. As a result, they cost less than hardwoods. Softwoods are flexible, light in weight, and less dense than most hardwoods, making them easier to manipulate. Softwoods have a shorter service span than hardwoods. 

Types of Wood Used in Construction 

The types of wood SD Built used in carpentry include both hardwoods and softwoods. Types of hardwoods used in construction include:

1. Teakwood

Teakwood is one of the most popular types of hardwood. It’s heavy, sturdy, durable, weather-resistant, warp-resistant, pest-resistant, and doesn’t decay. It is used as a structural wood for wooden houses, windows frames, partitions, countertops, deck railings, floorings, and doors.

2. Oakwood

Oakwood is one of the most used types of hardwood. It’s a strong, heavy, light-colored type of hardwood. Oakwood is easy to work on and is resistant to moisture, yeast, and fungus.  It’s a type of wood used by SD Built for carpentry work to make household furniture such as cabinets, floorings, pallets, and bookshelves. It is also used for flooring, veneer production, and timber-framed structures. Due to its moisture-resistant property, oakwood can also be used to make outdoor furniture.

3. Maple wood

Maple wood is hard, strong, and has a fine texture. It is resistant to shocks, splitting, easy to clean, and highly durable. It’s commonly used for flooring, veneer production, and to make household furniture like cabinets, wall shelves, console tables, cutting surfaces, and bedside tables. 

4. Mahogany wood

Mahogany is strong, excellent carving wood that finishes well. It doesn’t swell, warp, or shrink. It is a type of wood used by SD Built for carpentry work to make cabinets, window frames, veneers, and window sills.

5. Walnut wood

Walnut is strong, hard, and durable. It is expensive compared to other types of hardwood. Due to its flexibility and strength, walnut wood is commonly used in the creation of furniture. Its moisture-resistant property also makes it an ideal flooring material.

6. Cherry wood

Cherrywood is strong, hard, and warp-resistant. It is easy to carve and polish. It is a type of wood used by SD Built for carpentry work for flooring and to make furniture such as cabinets, tables, shelves, and doors.

Types of Softwoods Used in Construction

Softwoods are frequently used for interior features to make doors, window frames, furniture, and generating sheets such as plywood. Types of softwoods used in construction include: 

1. Cedar

Cedar is aromatic and highly resistant to insects and decay. It’s softer than other softwoods.  Cedar is mainly used in the construction of lining drawers, boxes, chests, and storage closets. It can also be used for fencing, siding, and decking.

2. Pine

Pine is soft, light, and resistant to warping, shrinking, and swelling. It is also easy to shape and decays when it comes into contact with soil. Pine is used in making doors and window frames, paving material, and is an ideal flooring material. It’s used to make all kinds of outdoor and indoor furniture.

3. Firwood

Firwood is uniform in texture, non-resinous, can’t be easily stained, and has poor resistance to decay. It’s hard compared to other softwoods. Firwood is commonly used to make furniture, door and window frames, plywood, and veneers. 

Are You Looking for a Carpenter in Melbourne?

Regardless of the types of wood SD Built used in carpentry or whether you’re looking to construct a new home or want to put up a deck, you want the job done correctly.

At SD Built, we are your trusted carpentry service in Melbourne. We offer over 40 and 15 years of carpentry and carpentry services experience. With over 1,000 new homes and 100 renovations in our name, we are your trusted builders and the best choice for all your carpentry work. 

Visit our website or call us on 0403227427 to learn more about our services.

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