Before purchase of wood, it is important to remember that, darker heartwood located at tree centers are considered to be much more durable and resistant to rot compared to sapwood. Always choose ‘heart wood’ material for all your household products including indoor or outdoor furnishings
Other than priority, suitable wood for home use should be durable. Well sustainable and pocket friendly in terms of cost of acquisition. Its aesthetics should also be considered for that impressive look.
Most durable woods resist rot since they contain chemical compounds that create unfavorable environment to bacteria, bugs, ants and other decomposition agents. Also, durability can be as a result of use. Some home structures or products protect wood from moisture thus prevention of decay causing creatures from existence.
It does not matter the nature of durability adopted i.e. chemical or physical. What is important is that durable woods thrive season after season. The following are three most durable, attractive and natural woods you should be using in your home.
Cedar is a name used to refer to cedar wood. Cedar originates from coniferous trees and includes Deodar cedar, Atlas cedar and Cyprus cedar just to name a few.
Both northern white cedar and western cedar contain resins which are important in making cedar resistant to rot and infestation by insects. In terms of weight, cedar is very light making it the most appropriate for home use.
Most people prefer it for furniture or household furnishings because of its good paint characteristics. Its grains, if not treated eventually end up being rough. Therefore, maintenance every year through cleaning and sealing is of utmost importance.
Cedar being a soft wood dents and scratches more easily and shows signs of knotting but all these do not in any way affect its durability nature. It is known to retain moisture, does not give splinters like other woods and does not die out easily. It is also good in resisting cracks and weathers naturally to adopt an elegant, silver grey color.
With extreme durability of more than 20 years even in outdoor conditions with no signs of warping, rotting and splitting coupled with interesting wood grain patterns, cedar is a valuable investment.
Like cedar, red wood is soft and can dent and scratch easily. Its deep brown beauty can therefore be enhanced and protected by the use of coats or clear seals. It also has natural tannin that might stain clothing thus the origin of the name ‘red wood’. With coats or clear seals, staining is well constrained.
Redwood’s most pronounced characteristics are stability and resistance to warping and shrinking. It is also resistance to rot and insects, weathers well and when used, it gives a very good finish.
The fact that Red wood contains cell structures with a lot of air pockets makes it suitable for insulation. It is also a very safe home material sue to the fact that it is very slow to burn. Consequently, unlike teak that blunts tools when working, red wood does not. It is also very attractive with a lot of aesthetic features.
In terms of cost, it is relatively cheap compared to other types of wood. The only setback posed by redwood is its insufficiency in supply and the long growth to maturity duration. But as long as it is harvested in the long run, redwood will always have a five star recommendation.
Teak is from hard wood species and is obtained from deciduous trees characterized by hairy leaves (from below their surface) with fragrant white flowers.
Unlike red wood, Teak is relatively expensive.Initially, the use of Teak wood experienced setbacks due to misrepresented information that negatively affected its sustainability. Thanks to the western world plantations that have carefully managed the growing of Teak Wood.
Teak is resistant to decay; it also has water repulsion qualities, has dense straight grains and does not swell nor shrink. For the Long term, Teak is superior, incredibly strong and ages well. Reasons why it has a higher price tag.
Regarded as the ‘king of durable woods’ teak products are passed from generation to generation. They only need maintenance in terms of occasional cleaning and sanding for removal of dirt.
With high mineral content, Teak doesn’t rot even in the wettest of conditions. As times go by, it weathers into silver grey patina.
It also has high oil content, is of high tensile strength and preferred for outdoor furniture because of its tight grains. Some people prefer it for framing, planking, flooring, making counter-tops and boards.
In as much as it is very easy to work on, Teak contains Silica that can severely blunt edged tools.
Although the above woods are durable and long lasting, it is important to exercise measures of protecting them so as to maintain their beautiful and natural look. Their clean surface needs to be maintained. For reduced maintenance costs, painting and use of clear covers is recommended. Covers will also save much of your time in clean ups.