Wood products: how to pick the right one for your needs?

Choosing the right wood product for your project is a major decision.  There are some things to consider for picking the best wood product for your needs. First of all, keep in mind that there are many wood species. Each species has its qualities that are best suited to particular uses and projects. However, some characteristics are common in all wood species. Depending on these characteristics, there are two kinds of wood from which to choose: hardwood and softwood. Hardwoods are deciduous trees that lose their leaves in the fall. The most popular hardwoods are cherry, maple, oak, ash, and poplar. Softwoods come from coniferous trees, so-called evergreen trees. The most popular softwoods are cedar, fir, pine, etc. Hardwood trees are generally slower growing, making the wood denser than softwoods. These woods have a more interesting grain pattern.  Softwoods are faster growing and have straighter grain, making them suitable for outdoor projects.  Secondly, consider the purpose of using the wood. When working on an exterior project, you need to choose a wood that has resistance to the effects of insects, moisture, and extreme temperatures. When it comes to interior projects, you can focus more on the appearance of the wood. Also, some projects may require one or more specific traits of the wood. Finally, before choosing the right wood products, consider wood density, texture, color, and grain. If you are interested in specific wood products and their prices, you should check with the supplier. Good luck with finding the best product.