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

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

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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 your shed.

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

Typically the whitewood is a spruce and it’s grown in wetter climates like Scotland, and it’s 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 it’s a Scandinavian pine, they’re 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 a lot easier to use, it’s nice and clean, it 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 may or may not go to knows whether or not they’re using whitewood or redwood and you know what they’re using.

Some companies tend not to publicise this as an important factor, but it can actually mean the difference between your shed lasting five years and your shed lasting 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, find me on all the platforms as NattyShedGirl.