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Redwoods vs Whitewoods

What is a Redwood? What is a Whitewood?

Both classed as softwoods, Redwood timber and Whitewood timber look similar and share similar properties. However, their suitability for use in the construction industry differ.

Redwood vs Whitewood

Redwood

Redwood | Timber | Elliotts Builders Merchant
Known as
  • Pinus Sylvestris - Pine (Commonly known as Scots Pine or European Redwood)
Timber type
  • Softwood
Imported from
  • Mainly imported from northern Europe - Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia.
Density
  • Slightly durable, ideal for machining.
  • Easily absorbs treatment.
Uses
Appearance
  • Heartwood is light reddish brown, demarcated sapwood is pale yellow to nearly white.
Workability
  • Works well with hand and machine tools
  • Can be glued, stained, varnished and painted.
More suitable for
  • 2nd fix
Products at Elliotts



Whitewood

Whitewood | Timber | Elliotts Builders Merchant
Known as
  • Picea Abies - Spruce (Commonly known as Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce or European Whitewood).
Timber type
  • Softwood
Imported from
  • Mainly imported from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, Germany, Latvia, Estonia.
Density
  • Lighter and stronger than Redwood.
  • Slightly durable making it ideal for construction purposes.
  • Naturally resists treatment.
Uses
  • Structural use, including studwork and joists.
  • Joinery – Exterior and interior, including door linings and flooring.
Appearance
  • White to light yellow.
Workability
  • Works well with hand and machine tools.
  • Can be glued and painted.
  • Doesn’t stain or varnish easily.
More suitable for
  • 1st fix
Products at Elliotts


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