The Design Benefits Behind Alder Wood
A favorite wood species around here is Alder. Next to oak, topping the list of our installations in the past year, we can’t get enough of this wood species. Alder has an evenly textured wood grain with character-grade knots that works well with a stain or left natural. Today, we’re sharing a few recent installations and the design benefits behind alder wood.
Alder Wood Applications
Alder wood is versatile and one of the more softer wood options in the market. It has a smooth finish, making it easy to sand and a cabinet maker’s dream. Alder has a red undertone, often showing naturally warm tones without the need for any wood finishes that might off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home. This is a great application for the home, and also a sustainable option for those building green. Additionally, alder is not very porous, thus reducing the need for added stains or vanishes if choosing to refinish or change the tone of the wood.
What Does Alder Wood Cost
While there is no replacement for a beautifully installed walnut application, stained alder is our backup to save on costs while achieving a similar aesthetic. Walnut is much more durable and will surely last a lifetime if properly cared for, but comes with a premium price increase in all circumstances. Read more about Walnut here. Alder is a softer material, and readily available within the United States. “The ability to source high-quality hardwood lumber that can grow close to home is a great strategy to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the materials in your home.” source.
Versatility in Alder Wood
In some cases we incorporate the same wood species throughout an entire renovation, using alder is great for kitchen cabinetry, adjacent coffee stations or dining room storage, and bathroom vanities. This was the case for our Fairmount Avenue early 1900s colonial update. Its natural characteristics allow it to seamlessly integrate into a variety of design styles, from rustic Northwoods cabins to urban restoration projects.
How to Care for Wood Elements in Your Home
You might be surprised to read that all wood elements in your home should be wiped down weekly. Specifically in areas with high use such as bathroom or kitchen. Wood can be porous and absorb dust, grease, fingerprints, and moisture. Keeping an eye on this with a damp rag and warm water, mild detergent if needed, is the best way to care for your wood elements. Be sure to follow the damp cloth with a dry one immediately after wiping it down. Wood is a natural species, while it is no longer living once detached from the tree, it requires added care and maintenance much like your natural stone countertops, wood flooring, or marble bathroom tiles.
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