Whitewood vs Redwood: What timber should I look for in a shed?

Redwood vs Whitewood: What timber should I look for in a shed?

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You’ve decided to buy a shed… great!

Done the research, and now you find yourself bombarded with shed companies offering you ‘the best deal’.

I mean, that’s all well and good, but are they being honest about the make up of their sheds? Do you know what wood they use, for starters?

It’s important to know these things before you shell out a load of money on something you’ll have for years.

As you know, I like my customers to be well informed. So here’s a wee clip to help you out. This time it’s all about the type of wood that is generally used in the making of sheds – Redwood vs Whitewood.

Fill up on your shed knowledge and check it out…

Video Transcription

So today I’m here to speak to you about types of timber.

It doesn’t sound very fun, but it’s quite simple, and once you get the basics, it’s a lot easier to ask questions when you’re faced with a supplier who might be trying to sell you a shed.

First of all, you’ve got whitewood and redwood. These aren’t technical terms, they don’t distinguish a particular of tree, these are just terms that are used in the building trade.

Typically the whitewood is a spruce and it’s grown in wetter climates like Scotland, and grown really fast.

With that fast growth comes deficiencies such as: the grain of the timber is a lot wider, which makes the boards, once they’ve been machined, a lot lighter.

With that comes a less stable material which can split, cup, bend and it’s quite difficult to work with.

Redwood, which is normally a pine, and in our case Scandinavian pine, are grown in cooler climates, and the grain of timber is a lot neater and tighter, which makes the timber a lot more tense.

It’s easier to use, nice and clean, and looks pretty and it’s the better quality timber.

That’s what you need to take into consideration when you’re looking at the alternatives out there.

Make sure you’re asking the question (or reading about it to understand) whether or not the supplier that you choose knows if they’re using whitewood or redwood.

Some companies tend not to publicise this as an important factor, but it can actually mean the difference between your shed lasting 5 years or 50 years. So, if that’s important to you, then please take heed and give a bit of consideration to the material.

I hope that’s been helpful. If you need any more information, you’ll find me on all the usual platforms as NattyShedGirl.

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