What wood should you use for outdoor projects?

By Tarpin Lumber & Truss

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Not all wood species are created equal, and knowing what type of wood to use and when is vital to the success of your project.

Here’s a few options to keep in mind when selecting a type of wood for an exterior application.

Western red cedar

Pros:

  • Resists decay
  • Weathers well
  • Resistant to twisting and warping
  • Dimensional stability

Cons:

  • Low strength properties, not used in structural applications

Use it for:

  • Siding
  • Decks
  • Exterior doors

Spruce

Pros

  • Easy to nail
  • Strength for light wood framing applications

Cons:

  • Can have dark knots
  • Can contain pitch pockets and does not paint well

Use it for:

  • Light wood framing
  • Rood trusses

Douglas fir

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Ages well
  • Available in large size

Cons:

  • Can check (split) over time

White Pine

Pros:

  • Soft wood, easy to machine

Cons:

  • Lacks the strength of spruce

Use it for:

  • Mouldings

Courtesy of Tarpin Lumber & Truss


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closenoughtosquare

Sep. 22, 2012

12:43 pm

Why no mention of eastern white cedar? Same rot reaistant properties of red cedar. The material is strong (used for cement foundation framing. And often ceaper.



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