Finish Lumber - Hardwood (37)
Individuals can paint over most oak lumber planks and other materials to achieve a preferred colour hue. Look for multipurpose wooden products, including structural lumber for construction work and hardwood units with easy-to-clean surfaces.
Finished lumber is the perfect choice for your projects in and around the house. Hardwoods are typically dense, and have attractive grain patterns, making them ideal for applications on display, like flooring, furniture, and cabinets. These woods have tiny pores on the surface that determine the texture and appearance of the grain. Some varieties, like cherry and maple, are closed grain because of the small size of the pores, while other types, like poplar and oak, are ring porous because the pores are larger and more visible, giving them a more distinct grain and figure. Ring porous species are easier to stain than closed grain species.
Hardwood lumber also comes in a range of hardness levels, with denser woods more suitable for high traffic and heavy use applications such as flooring. Softer species are better for more decorative uses, like trim and furniture. Maple, ash, white oak, and red oak lumber varieties are harder woods, which is why they're some of the most popular when it comes to flooring. Softer hardwoods include poplar and cherry. Consider cherry for flooring applications in lightly trafficked areas, because it scuffs more easily than other woods. It has a unique and attractive grain pattern that provides a lovely aesthetic to a room, and it's good for furniture.
Finished lumber is prepared for use with sanding and treating, meaning that it's ready to install. Raw hardwood still needs processing before use. Finished hardwood lasts longer than raw hardwood because of its preparation. You also avoid the messy process of finishing wood, which can be costly. It can take several days for the finish to dry before the wood is ready for use. Finished hardwood is ready for installation.