The natural appeal of wood will enhance any indoor or outdoor space, but choosing the wrong timber materials could leave your project vulnerable to one of wood's greatest external enemies. The menace in question is rot, and it's a problem that's notorious among most woodworkers.
Rot tends to come from either insect attack or wood-decaying fungus, however the most pressing issue is the latter, as insect-related rot tends to be the consequence of already rotting wood which termites and similar pests then feast on. Usually wood rot requires exposure to the combination of moisture, oxygen, warmth and, of course, a food source - in this case, wood.
Rot displays various characteristics in wood: from discolouration, cracking and splintering, to shrunken dimensions. You may also notice the visual signs of spores and fungal growths as well as flaking paint, extra moisture and musty odours.
As the rot takes hold, wood will become soft and dark and get smaller and smaller as the organic compounds are consumed. Once substantial rotting has taken place, your timber will crumble and fall apart - the structure will be compromised and it will pose a hazard risk if it remains in place in your home and garden.
There are certain woods that are naturally more susceptible to fungal and insect-related rot, but there are many others which will prove to be incredibly well protected against decay. In our latest blog, Woodshop Direct will guide you through some of the most rot-resistant woods out there.
Western Red Cedar at Woodshop Direct offers great durability against rot and resistance against insect attack. If you're looking for a wood that offers a strong resistance against decay and is very easy to work with, Cedar is a must-have for your exterior work including cladding, exterior joinery, decking, greenhouses and summer houses.
This North American timber is very hard and offers a good level of durability and resistance against rot. Great for furniture, joinery, kitchen doors and flooring, this is one of the most popular hardwoods out there. You'll also benefit from a straight grain and an easy to work with composition.
American Cherry Timber offers good levels of strength and shock resistance, making it suitable for many of your indoor woodworking projects. The heartwood not only offers a beautiful visual appearance, it's also highly resistant to decay, which combined with its strength properties, means it will last a lifetime when used indoors.
This dark, rich and attractive hardwood is considered to be highly resistant to decay and is only vulnerable to insects if left untreated. Black Walnut will provide you with good shock and dent resistance, good dimensional stability and reliable strength properties suited to practical woodworking projects.