Ask Your Lumber Exporter: What Are the Different Types of Wood Available for Export From the US?

November 02nd, 2018
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Since the beginning of time civilizations have been using wood as a building material. Over the centuries wood continues to play a major part in creating furniture, floors, cabinets and more.

Did you know that there are 60,000 different species of trees in the world?

It can be overwhelming trying to choose between all of the different types of wood. If you need to purchase wood internationally from a lumber exporter, we can help.

Read on to find out what types of wood are available for export from the United States.

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You can categorize different types of wood by how hard they are. Forests in eastern parts of the United States contain a wide variety of hardwoods.

Here are a few of the different types of hardwood you can receive from a United States Lumber exporter:

  • Alder (Alnus rubra)
  • Cherry (Prunus serotine)
  • Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
  • Hickory
  • Red Oak (Quercus spp.)
  • Tulipwood (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Many people mistakenly believe that hardwood floors are always denser than softwood. However, hardwood comes from soft flowering trees. The particular type of hardwood you purchase will determine the density.

Two Popular Hardwood Exports

Red oak and Gum hardwood are two of the most popular hardwoods the U.S. has to offer.

Redwood is wildly popular because of the different color variations. Customers love being able to look at the different red, orange and yellow hues present on each cut.

You can find Gumwood throughout the Southeastern part of the United States. Gumwood is easy to work with and also comes in a variety of colors. When you stain gumwood it becomes an excellent substitute for walnut.

Characteristics of Hardwood

Hardwood furniture pieces will last a very long time and will be fairly easy to maintain. It's important to remember that not all hardwood is ideal for making furniture.

Different types of hardwood will be more compatible with carpentry work than others.

Here's a quick overview of the characteristics of Hardwood:

  • Rough texture
  • Denser than other woods
  • Porous
  • Can resist fire (to a degree)
  • Certain types make wonderful furniture

Hardwood is perfect for making furniture, cabinets, floors and more. The cut of the grain gives makes hardwood visually appealing, especially on floors.

The majority of hardwood is tough, durable and very heavy. Because of its strong features, the majority of hardwoods are also able to resist different fungal attacks.

Start Finding the Wood You Need

CK International is happy to be your lumber exporter.

Our goal is to make your job easy by being experts in what we do. We only source high-quality North American Hardwoods for distribution.

We have decades of experience exporting wood internationally. We know all the different international shipping requirements.

We also have an extensive network of suppliers and we stay up to date on all of the market conditions. CK wants to help you get the best product possible at the lowest price.

We look forward to serving you, contact us today!