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What are the best woods to use for construction?

The following are 10 of the best woods for construction, listed in no particular order:


Douglas fir: A strong and durable softwood

that is commonly used in framing and structural applications.

Southern yellow pine: A dense and strong softwood that is resistant to decay and insect damage, making it ideal for outdoor use.

Cedar: A lightweight and durable softwood that is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage, making it a popular choice for decking and siding.

Redwood: A durable and rot-resistant softwood that is often used for outdoor applications such as decking, fencing, and siding.

Oak: A dense and strong hardwood that is highly resistant to decay and insect damage, making it a popular choice for heavy structural applications such as timber framing.

Teak: A highly durable and water-resistant hardwood that is commonly used in boat building and outdoor furniture.

Mahogany: A strong and durable hardwood with a straight grain and natural resistance to rot and decay, making it a popular choice for exterior doors and windows.

Maple: A dense and durable hardwood that is commonly used for flooring, cabinetry, and furniture.

Ash: A strong and resilient hardwood that is commonly used for flooring, millwork, and sports equipment.

Walnut: A high-quality and durable hardwood with a rich, dark color and straight grain that is often used for high-end furniture and cabinetry.


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