Characteristics of Wood Species
WHILE YOU’RE PERUSING photos of beautiful timber homes, you may think all wood species are the same, and it’s the stain you choose that gives them their luster. Stain does enhance the color of the timbers, but, in fact, different wood species have different characteristics. Where and how fast they grow affects their weight, density, grain and decay resistance, not to mention the natural tones of the wood. Many types of trees are used to craft timber homes; here are four of the most frequently used species and their attributes.