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Choosing A Wood Species For Your Door

With so many options for wood species, deciding which one to use for your door can be a difficult task. Different woods provide different characteristics. Using a less common wood species is a great way to add style to your home. Here is a breakdown of the different options available.





Douglas Fir


This wood is one of the most common and widely used species. Douglas Fir is generally used in construction but has qualities that make it beneficial for a door, such as its strength. The light color and straight grains easily take all paints and stains.







Pine


Pine is one of the softer woods. It can have fairly erratic grain as well as knots. This is great if you are looking for wood with character. It takes lighter stains, as well as paint, very well.









Hemlock


This wood has fine straight grains. It is generally a lighter wood with red tones along with it. Hemlock is one of the few species that will remain true to its natural color over time. This wood also takes stain and paint well.








Oak


This is also one of the most common species of wood used today. This hardwood is extremely durable and has strong pronounced grain patterns. It also may feature small knots for added character. It also accepts stains and paints easily.







Maple


Maple has a smooth and fine grain that has both lighter and darker tones. Throughout its life, it tends to change color due to exposure in natural light. This is a great material for interior doors.









Poplar


This is a great wood species for your budget. The soft subtle grain makes it perfect for paint. The wood can show varying shades, but most frequently has a yellow tint to it.