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Hardwoods Available at Ring's End

When shopping at your local Ring's End location, you may have noticed a good selection of different hardwoods available. Hardwood lumber is used in many applications, and offers a higher level of strength and durability than softwood lumber does. In fact, some of the strongest and most expensive furniture available is made up entirely of solid hardwood joinery.

Here at Ring's End, we're dedicated to teaching our customers everything we can about our products. Learn everything you need to know about hardwoods here!

What Woods Are Considered Hardwood Lumber?

There are plenty of options available when it comes to hardwood lumber, but what exactly makes a tree a hardwood species? Interestingly enough, hardwood trees and softwood trees are different not due to the wood itself, but due to the way the tree's seeds are delivered.

Hardwood Trees

Hardwood trees have seeds that have a coating, like a fruit or a shell. These trees have broad leaves, and bear nuts and fruit, as implied by the type of coatings they can have on their seeds. Most hardwood species are considered to be deciduous trees, found in deciduous forests. The wood provided by these trees tends to be very dense, and doesn't require pressure treating to be weather resistant in most cases.

Softwood Trees

Softwood trees have seeds that have no coating on them. They are cone bearing, and as the cone opens the seeds are exposed. Most often, you'll note that the most common type of softwood available is pine. All species of pine trees are softwoods, and so are trees like the Douglas fir.

Now that you know what a hardwood tree is, it is important to understand that there are hardwood species considered to be domestic, and some that are considered to be tropical.

Domestic Hardwoods

Domestic hardwood trees are trees found in North America. These woods tend to have a warmer, more traditional appearance, and are commonly used as flooring. Domestic hardwoods consist of the following:

Oak
Birch
Maple
American Cherry

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods, also known as exotic hardwoods, are found in different parts of the world, but tend to come from more tropical regions, hence the name. They're often used in more modern or contemporary homes, as either flooring or furniture. Some examples of tropical hardwoods are:

Brazilian Cherry
Ipe
Teak
Mahogany

Because these trees take longer to grow than most softwoods, you'll find that most of them seem expensive compared to them. Additionally,when comparing domestic wood to tropical wood, you'll find that the tropical hardwoods are more expensive compared to the domestic species available.

Some of The Different Hardwoods Offered by Ring's End

Here at Ring's End, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of different hardwoods to our customers. We carry both domestic and tropical species, and we're sure to have exactly what you need when it comes to your lumber needs. Check out some of the different hardwoods we have to offer.

Ipe

Ipe is perhaps the strongest hardwood we offer. It is commonly used as a deck material, and can last up to 25 years used in commercial applications. Other products only tend to have a lifespan of about 15 years! It is important to keep in mind the weight of this wood, as well. It weighs 69 pounds per cubic foot, over double what other woods weigh!

Teak

Another tropical wood we offer, teak is wood with an absolutely gorgeous grain. Teak is a very durable and stable hardwood with a unique property. Because it grows in sandy soil, it tends to have a very high silica content, and due to this it's nearly waterproof. Teak is an excellent choice for marine use, as well as furniture.

Hard Maple

A domestic hardwood that we offer, it's entirely likely you've encountered maple sometime before in your life. This hardwood is an incredibly popular choice for flooring as well as cabinetry. Maple grain comes in a variety of different styled, and can make for beautiful faces on the doors of cabinets, specifically!

Oak

At Ring's End we offer not one, but two types of oak hardwoods! We have both red and white oak, and while their grain pattern can look similar, both are suitable for different purposes. Red oak, being more porous and a bit less dense, is better for indoor applications. White oak is less porous and more dense, making it more rot resistant and more suited to outdoor applications.

Avoiding Lower Quality Products

When you shop with Ring's End, you are given the assurance that the products you'll be purchasing are top quality, lumber included. Other stores may sell hardwood products, but they may not be the solid hardwood products you can purchase with us. In some cases, in fact, the products aren't solid, and are just thin veneer bonded to lower quality cores. When you're looking for hardwoods, make sure to come see us at Ring's End for the best lumber available!