Choosing the Right Wood for Your Construction Project

Choosing the Right Wood

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Ask any pro golfer and they will tell you that one of the most important parts of their success actually depends on someone else. Because every great golfer has a really great caddy.

The caddy’s job is to know the course inside and out. They understand each club for its strengths and best purpose. And above all, they have established a relationship of trust that makes their advice carry considerable benefit.

Much like a caddy to a golfer, we are here for our home builder and contractor partners. We understand the industry, the challenges, and the gaps. You can count on us to give you honesty at every stage of the relationship from quoting to job completion. And we know lumber.

Choosing the right wood for your project is important. Here are some quick tips to help make sure you have the right lumber for the job.

Know nature. Your first decision is what type of wood you need. There are two types – hardwood and softwood. Hardwoods come from leaf-producing trees like oak, maple, elm, or ash tree. And like their name, they are hard in texture and feel.  Hardwoods are great flooring and custom furniture such as custom live edge dining tables.

Softwoods have more give and are from cone-producing trees like common pine, fir, spruce, cedar, and cypress trees. Knowing which to choose when will save you time and money.

Pick for the project. The type of wood you choose will depend on what you are building. Construction projects that include the interior structure of home-like walls, floors, and ceilings require the use of hardwoods. These woods have the strength and durability to handle the pressure. They are also often used to make furniture, especially pieces you want to last a long time.

Softwoods work well for interior projects that are less weight-bearing like doors, window frames, and cabinetry. Because of their low maintenance, and insect and wood rot repellent qualities, softwoods are also a wise choice for outdoor projects like decks and fencing.

A lumber alternative. Although manufactured, plywood is another building material that is both versatile, easy to find, and often less expensive than natural woods. It is also a strong and stable alternative for various home projects. The use of plywood can be a little more complicated because of its different types and grades so be sure to check the quality before starting.

Choosing the Right Wood

Our team has 200 years of combined experience in the field. Lean on our expertise to help you find the highest quality materials for all your commercial or residential construction projects. And we deliver all across Kansas City!

Whether you are a veteran builder or just getting started with do-it-yourself projects, we are here to help in any way we can. Call with questions, a quote, or building advice.

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