Breaking Down the Different Types of Wood

Learn the difference!

1. Aesthetic Properties

CDA wood accords superior appearance and texture due to the controlled aging, weathering, and finishing processes. Reclaimed wood, due to previous exposure to the elements, varying maintenance levels, and prolonged lying-in-state, tend to be inconsistent in sizes and shades.
Conversely, painted and stained wood, especially for monotone hues, tends to be bland and makes for dull surfaces. Attempts to achieve rich textures and shades escalate the costs.

2. Safety Concerns

Making CDA wood entails controlled weathering and sanitizing raw lumber without using toxins. This makes for a safe building material, especially for interior spaces. On the other hand, painted and stained wood, due to constituent volatile organic compounds and solvents, contains toxins and carcinogenic compounds. A similar predicament befalls reclaimed wood. In most cases, you cannot establish the initial state of the reclaimed material, especially if unused for a long period. The risk of other types of wood containing harmful solvents and mold is high.

3. Costs of Different Types of Wood

Wood project costs hinge on the cost of sourcing, ease of installation, skilled labor requirement, amount of waste, and post-installation costs. Unlike reclaimed and painted or stained options, CDA wood is readily available on request, cut to size, economical, and requires zero to minimal maintenance.

4. Ease of Procurement and Installation

CDA wood is made to order as per your requirements. As such, sourcing, project cost calculation, and installation is easier. Painting/staining often entails comprehensive calculations that may be beyond the time or energy investment of a regular builder or DIY projects. Reclaimed wood, other than source scarcity, require excavation, cleaning, sizing, and cataloging, amongst other activities. The complexities of procurement of this type of wood, especially in bulk, significantly adds on to project costs.

5. Installation Costs

Maintenance is a significant cost for wood-based projects. CDA wood requires zero to minimal maintenance after installation — only the exterior requires attention to decelerate aging. Other types of wood tend to require more maintenance and upkeep. Reclaimed wood poses a higher maintenance cost depending on previous usage and the stage of natural aging. For painted and stained wood, do consider the recurring costs of fresh coats due to fading.