Lumber Selection Guide For 2023

Lumber

Selecting the right lumber for a project can be overwhelming, with so many options available it’s important to consider the specific needs of your project before making a decision. In this guide, we will discuss five common types of lumber: cedar, pine, redwood, plywood, and engineered wood.

Cedar

Cedar is a softwood that is known for its attractive red-brown color and distinct aroma. It is a popular choice for outdoor projects due to its natural resistance to rot and decay. Cedar is also a lightweight wood, making it easy to work with and ideal for projects that require intricate detailing. It is commonly used for fencing, decking, and outdoor furniture.

Common uses for Cedar include:

  • Outdoor projects such as fencing, decking, and outdoor furniture
  • Siding and roofing for sheds and gazebos
  • Siding and Trim

Pine

Pine is a softwood that is widely available and affordable. It is a strong and durable wood that is resistant to shrinking and swelling, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Pine is a versatile wood that can be stained or painted to match any design aesthetic. It is commonly used for framing, flooring, and furniture.

Common uses for pine:

  • Framing, flooring, and furniture
  • Trim and molding
  • Ceiling and wall paneling
  • Cabinets

Redwood

Redwood is a softwood that is known for its beautiful red color and natural resistance to rot and decay. It is a popular choice for outdoor projects such as decking and fencing. Redwood is a dense and heavy wood, making it more challenging to work with than some other types of lumber. It is also more expensive than other options, but its durability and natural beauty make it a worthwhile investment for certain projects.

Common uses for Redwood

  • Outdoor projects such as decking and fencing
  • Siding and roofing for sheds and gazebos
  • Planters and garden beds

Plywood

Plywood is a type of engineered wood made from thin layers of wood veneer that are glued together to form a sheet. It is a strong and versatile wood that is commonly used for construction, furniture, and cabinetry. Plywood is available in various thicknesses and grades, making it suitable for a wide range of projects. It is also relatively affordable and easy to work with, making it a popular choice for DIY projects.

Common uses for Plywood:

  • Partitions, sheathing, flooring
  • Furniture and cabinetry
  • DIY projects such as shelving and storage boxes

Engineered wood

Engineered wood is a type of wood product that is made from wood fibers or veneers that are bonded together with adhesives. It is a strong and stable wood that is suitable for a variety of projects, including flooring, cabinetry, and furniture. Engineered wood is available in various forms, including particle board, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and oriented strand board (OSB). It is an affordable alternative to solid wood and is easy to work with, making it a popular choice for DIY projects.

In conclusion, the type of lumber you choose for your project will depend on your specific needs and budget. Consider factors such as the intended use, appearance, strength, and durability when selecting the right lumber for your project. It is always best to reach out to one of our professionals at Jordan’s Building Center if you would like us to guide you through the lumber selection process.