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5 Different Types of Wood to Use When Building a Shed

If you’re planning to build your own backyard shed, you need to consider the design you want to see and the materials you have to buy. One essential material in building a shed is wood.

The type of wood you will use in building your shed can have an impact and make a difference in how it will look like, its durability, and longevity. There are many types of wood that you can use in building a shed, but not all of them will work well.

Here are five types of wood commonly used in building a shed.

1. Hardwood

Hardwood is a strong, heavy, and durable wood that comes from deciduous trees. You can usually find them within the tree’s heartwood area, making this type of wood more expensive.

These types of trees are at the forest’s uppermost levels, making them subject to damage from wind, temperature, and sun. The trees’ location also makes the harvesting of the wood more challenging.

Hardwood trees can last up to thousands of years. Some of the most popular hardwoods used are oak, ash, elm, and walnut, which can be used in building furniture or framing.

2. Pressure-Treated Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is made of wood that has been treated with preservatives to protect it from rot, fungus, and insects.

The wood is treated using a pressure process, which involves the wood being submerged into a chemical preservative, typically a copper-based chemical.

Treated lumber is popular for the way it looks. The wood can be left untreated, but it will fade in color and be more prone to rot and insects. It is also softer than typical lumber.

3. Marine-Grade Wood

Marine-grade plywood is a marine-specific product used in the building of docks, boat decks, and other marine-related items. It is a type of plywood that is more durable and has more waterproof properties.

Marine-grade plywood contains more glue than regular plywood, making it more water-resistant. Regular plywood is roughly 0.5 inches (13mm) thick, compared to marine grade plywood at 0.75 inches (19mm). This thickness is what makes it more water-resistant.

4. Composite Wood

Composite woods are known for their strength, durability, and resistance to weathering. They are made of recycled wood, plastic, and a variety of other materials.

Some of these materials are synthetic resins, fibers, and petroleum-based products. Using this type of wood in building a shed can help save on resources and costs.

A common type of composite wood is oriented strand board (OSB). OSB is made of multiple layers of wood. The top layer comprises plywood, and the bottom one is made of fluted sheets glued together.

5. Cedar Wood

A cedar plank is a great and recommended type of wood that you can use when building your shed. Cedar is resistant and very durable in harsh weathering, insects, and termites. It is perfect for crafting a shed that can serve as a permanent structure.

Cedar wood is also good because it can absorb moisture easily and maintain its durability. If you were to use other types of wood, the humidity in the shed and the environment is something it can’t absorb. 


If you want to build your own backyard shed, consider the materials you will use. Hopefully, the information above can give you some ideas on how to choose the best durable and quality wood to use.

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