Updated: Jul 14, 2022
Oh, how many different types of wood there is to work with, espeically in the PNW. We get asked all the time on which is the best or strongest / best bang for your buck during the renovation process, so let's just jump right in:
1. Cherry and Maple wood is the most durable type of wood for kitchen cabinets and hardwood flooring. These types are also easy to stain and paint. So, if you wanted a completely different color of cabinet with a strong base, this is possible with cherry and maple wood.
2. Red or White Oak and Pine are also great options for wood cabinets. They are on the lower cost side of the spectrum but hold up nicely. These are the most common types of cabinets made.
3. Cedar wood comes from a softer version of a tree, which makes it great to use for outdoor decks, siding, and staircases. The softness of the wood allows the wood to "breathe" naturally without compromising the structure as weather changes.
4. Plywood can be used for cabinets, countertop bases, sub-flooring, and roof underlayment. We typically use plywood mostly during roof renovations and sub-floor replacement.
5. Ipe wood is an exotic Brazillian hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot and decay. It is 8 times harder than a California Redwood! Ipe wood will last 50 years on your deck or outdoor space.
6. Composite wood is a newer technology wood that is used mostly for decks or siding. Composite is also known as Trex, Timber Tech. This is a man-made compacted synthetic wood mixed with real wood, plastic, and sometimes other plants to compost into a strong durable "wood-like" material. Most composite materials do look similar to wood and allow for many colors. The lifespan of composite wood should be anywhere between 25-30 years.
7. Vinyl plank wood is used for flooring. It comes in a plank style similar to laminate flooring and is installed plank by plank to create a natural wood look. This is a great option for basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. The vinyl plank flooring is typically 100% waterproof and has padded underlayment which makes it comfortable to walk on. This is a lower-cost option vs. real wood.