When designing your custom millwork, it is important to consider the type of wood you want to use. Wood comes in a variety of species, each with its own unique characteristics and finishes. The wood type impacts the look and feel of the finished product. Choosing the right material for your project can be overwhelming. We here at Mahogany, Inc we only use the highest quality materials for our services. Here are some quick tips on choosing the best wood for your next project.
Hardwood or Softwood?
The first major choice you will have to make is choosing between hardwood or softwood in your millwork. Contrary to popular belief, hardwood is not always more durable than softwood. The distinction between the two comes from the origin and structure of the tree. Hardwood comes from flowering plants like maple walnut, and oak. Softwood comes from trees with needles and cones – such as cedar, pine, and spruce. Hardwood is better at resisting damage over time but is often more expensive than softwood. However, softwood is easier to bend, cut, and shape, which makes it ideal for installation.
Popular Types of Wood
Now that you have decided between hardwood and softwood, here are some of the most popular types of wood used in architectural millwork.
The most popular type of wood for millwork, and our namesake! It is commonly used in luxurious places and benefited due to its dark red brownish color and straight grain appearance. It has a rich, warm color, and it takes well to finishes, stains, and polishes.
Cedar is commonly used in the building of furniture, exteriors, and decks. It has a red appearance and straight grain with that lovely cedar smell. It is a softwood that handles almost all types of environments.
Maple is a versatile wood that can be left natural or stained very dark. It is used for flooring because of its strength. This wood species beautifully adapts any kind of interior architectural millwork design.
Walnut is an excellent fit for libraries, offices, interior doors, kitchen cabinets, and running trim. It is a sturdy wood that comes in a variety of shades, from brown to yellow.
Cherry wood is moderately heavy, hard, and strong. It is ideal for interior cabinetry and running trim, and is most commonly finished with a clear finish or light stain.
Many decisions need to be made when starting a millwork project. The type of wood you choose will depend on what you are constructing and how you want the finish to look. Ready to get your project started the right way? Contact us today and we would be happy to build the custom millwork of your dreams.
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