Beautiful Wood: Cedar, Mahogany and So Much More
Exotic or traditional, smooth as silk or rugged and rough, each wood species has its own special appeal. Our standard external surface material for our custom wood gates is clear-grade western red cedar. No man-made material can match its richly textured grain and palette of warm, mellow tones, which can range from honey gold to dark brown. Our customers can select Stain Grade Natural, which showcases a range of hues, or Stain Grade Select, which has more color uniformity between the individual boards.
The beauty of wood endures year after year, but it also makes good environmental sense. Wood doors require much less energy to produce than steel or concrete. And as one of the world's only renewable building materials, wood cannot only be recycled, but regenerated as well.
In addition to western red cedar, we build doors from the species pictured plus many other specialty woods. Certain species are more appropriate for certain projects depending on your area's climate, the door's exposure and the type of construction. (Note also that some of these species may not be covered by our standard limited warranty.) Your Designer Doors Territory Manager can guide you in your selection.
Our Most Popular Choices
Many of customers choose to have their doors created in Western Red Cedar. There are two stain-grade choices:
|STAIN GRADE NATURAL
Western Red Cedar
|STAIN GRADE SELECT
Western Red Cedar
Click on an image below for more information on each species.
Western Red Cedar: One of the premier building materials, known for its beauty and durability. To learn more about Western Red Cedar, go to http://www.wrcla.org/
Western Red Cedar
Sepele: One of Europe's most desired hardwoods for windows and doors. Cost-effective alternative to Genuine Mahogany.
Spanish Cedar: Many species grown in both North and Central America. Pleasant, familiar cedar scent. Straight, occasionally interlocked grain with very uneven texture. Well known for its stability and weathering qualities.
Knotty Cedar: Usually less expensive than clear cedar. In a Select or Architect Knotty Cedar grade, the knots are sound and tight. The wood will be a mixture of heartwood cedar and sapwood cedar.
Genuine Mahogany: High and golden luster, texture is rather fine to coarse. Grain is straight to roey, wavey or curly, often with an attractive figure. Perhaps the most valuable timber tree in Latin America.
African Mahogany: Grows throughout West Africa. Interlocked or straight grain, often with ribbon figure and a moderately coarse texture.
Black Walnut: Soft to medium density, close pored, tight grain, beautiful dark brown color with a purple overtone. Sands and finishes beautifully.
Clear Alder: A North American favorite. Accepts stain very well, varies from pale yellow to reddish brown. Fairly straight grain with areas of burl clusters and a few small knots. The lightest and least dense of all the woods.
Knotty Alder: Popular for its rustic look. A soft, relatively low-strength, straight-grained, even-textured wood. A native of the Pacific Coast of North America.
Clear Cypress: High resistance to decay, easy workability -- qualities demanded by craftsmen. Natural protective oils give it an aromatic smell that never fades.
Pecky Cypress: Has lengthwise pockets that have been carved out by a fungus while the tree was living. Only occurs in 150+ year old Cypress trees. Pecking stops when tree is harvested.
Old Growth Cypress: Also known as River Recovered Heart Cypress. Sunken logs that have been preserved in silted waters and forgotten for over 100 years. Recovered by specially trained log recovery experts. Honey tones; rich red tans to light chocolates; uniquely fine grain often provides a feathery pattern.
Old Growth Cypress
White Oak: Highly resistant to the environment, very hard. Quarter and rift-sawn have striking grain appearance.
Red Oak: Pinkish red to blonde colored; very hard and strong. Grain is openly porous with dramatic patterns. Offered in quarter and rift-sawn.
Teak: One of the world's most valuable timbers, recognized for its durability, stability and rich beauty. Can withstand all types of weather, harsh chemicals, fungi, rot and termites. Grown on plantations in humid tropical climates.
Cherry: The premiere American hardwood due to its fine texture, hardness and moderate shrinking in drying, and excellent workability. Photosensitive: when it is worked, the color varies from soft pink to pale orange, but on exposure to light, despite any finish, it darkens to a rich dark reddish hue.