Interior & Exterior Wood Designs | Benefits of Real Wood

BEAUTIFUL

Wood’s Natural Beauty

Wood has a natural beauty and elegance that can't be duplicated. Wood can create inspiring indoor and outdoor sanctuaries, embolden traditional architecture or bring warmth to the most modern design.

Every piece of wood is as unique as your fingerprint. Grain patterns and color vary, adding texture and personality while blending with any architectural style. Wood can also contribute to a greater sense of well-being as research has found that people feel an instinctive connection and attraction to natural materials such as wood.

Wood allows you to add character and dimension to your home like no other material can.

ENERGY EFFICIENT

Wood is a Natural Insulator

Energy efficiency is critically important as we seek to better use the planet’s finite resources. As more homes move towards a net zero goal, meaning the amount of energy used is roughly equal to renewable energy created by the home, more attention is being paid to the building systems, design and appliances that best support energy efficiency.

Softwood lumber as a structural material is cost-effective, versatile, easy to build with and familiar to builders and contractors. This makes it ideal to create an energy efficient home.

Because of wood’s higher R-Value, an insulated wood framed home will be more energy efficient than a similarly insulated home built with steel framing. In other words, wood's natural insulation promotes energy efficient walls* or less energy for cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. In addition. wood has more than double the heat capacity of aluminum or concrete, of equal weight. This means that wood can absorb more heat before its temperature rises.

**Among structural building materials, wood has by far the lowest heat conductivity. As a result, it is typically easier to meet certain insulation targets (e.g., effective R-value, or U-factor) with wood-based wall systems when following current construction practices.”

ENVIRONMENTAL

Green Building

As trees grow, they absorb harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, naturally purifying our air. Through photosynthesis, the carbon gets stored in wood fibers in a tree, and oxygen is released—so that people and animals have healthy air to breathe.

When trees are harvested, the carbon they captured continues to be stored in the wood. Plus, more than half the energy used in manufacturing wood products in the U.S. comes from wood itself in the forms of tree bark, sawdust and papermaking by-products. That means wood is used efficiently as the energy source to create wood products.

In fact, wood product companies in the U.S. and Canada use nearly 99 percent of the wood they process (pre-consumer recycling) at sawmills and at secondary wood processors such as furniture and cabinetmakers—resulting in almost no wood waste.

Healthy Home

 

So, however you choose to bring wood into your living space, its health benefits are more than just instinctive. There’s real science behind why the nature of wood helps you live a healthier life.

When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood, water, sunlight or plants, can actually improve overall health.

A review of research from Canada and Austria found that humans automatically relax when they’re surrounded by elements from the natural world, like wood. In fact, these materials have a pronounced effect on the autonomic nervous system, lowering blood pressure and stress levels. Whether purchasing a new home or remodeling, nature is easily incorporated into a home through a wood feature wall, ceiling, wainscoting or floors.

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable forestry plays an integral role in the health of our planet. Healthy, sustainably managed forests provide clean air and water, a habitat for plants and wildlife, and employment opportunities for nearby communities.

Independent forest certification systems help give you confidence that the wood you use comes from sustainable, well-managed forests—so you can be sure that water, air, soil and wildlife habitat resources will be conserved, and sites will be replanted with native species.

ECONOMICAL

More Affordable, Better ROI

When it comes to home improvements, it pays to consider the return on your investment if you decide to sell your house.

Wood deck additions are one of the top remodeling projects for homeowner return on investment, boasting an average ROI of nearly 82.8 percent, higher than the ROI from a non-wood deck, particularly composite decking which has decreased in value over the past few years. That’s because wood decks are an affordable way to extend your living space and deliver on the increasingly popular inside/outside living concept.

Using wood in the construction of your home – in the framing and other structural applications – can save you time and money, when compared to brick, steel or concrete. Wood is much less expensive than alternative materials like steel, and costs less to install, as more contractors are familiar with wood – this also means you have more contractors from which to choose.

Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing interior, or building a backyard oasis, wood is an investment that will add value to your home for years to come.