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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Smart Wood Choices

April 20th, 2016

Life is all about making choices. But that’s also where the problem begins because making choices can be quite the task – especially if you have many options. It’s not always a straight and pothole-free path getting to the “best” choice. That’s why it always helps to keep in the know – to be a little bit more informed on your options before you make your decision. Take the case of wood choices for your wine cellar projects.

“Smart” wood choices are the best ones!

As far as your wood choices for wine cellar construction are concerned, there are certainly a bevy of them to consider. Just imagine the numerous species of wood that are being commercially offered these days. This is where the adage, “Knowledge is power,” becomes really significant. By gaining proper information on the various wood species available in the market, you’ll be able to easily narrow down which ones are the most suitable for your wine cellar project. And to give you a head start, we’ve put together this “wood knowledge” corner for you!

In general, we’ve whittled down four wood species that have all the bases covered – quality, resiliency, aesthetics, and affordability. These are All-Heart Redwood, Premium Redwood, Rustic Pine, and Prime Mahogany. These are the wood options that are often used in a lot of our Tech Tuesdays and DIY projects. That’s because they offer the best value for your money – and your wine bottles, of course.

All-Heart vs. Premium Redwood

Let’s start off with All-Heart Redwood. There’s not much difference between All-Heart Redwood and its sibling Premium Redwood, except maybe for the wood’s colors and manufacturing cost. All-Heart Redwood is slightly more popular, with its beautiful pink to dark brown with reddish overlay hues. The wood’s colors take on a darker depth of color as it ages, making it even more attractive. It’s second to none in terms of resiliency and there is no other North American wood that has as much resistance to rot, mildew and insects. Case in point: this sample of the wood was buried for 2,000 years which is still as good today as the Clear All Heart Redwood used to build our wine cellars.

Rustic Pine wine racks

Then there’s Rustic Pine. The supply of Rustic Pine is abundant all throughout North America, making it have the best value by price per bottle space. It is wonderfully durable and resilient as well and is no slouch when it comes to appearance. In fact, you can’t find a better wood that will give you that “rustic,” old-country charm than this. The wood is characterized by a soft creamy color combined with subtle streaks and structurally sound knots. It comes in a nice variety of grain patterns that become more beautifully prominent with darker stains and finishes.

Prime Mahogany wine cellar

Lastly, there’s Prime Mahogany. It’s generally the popular wood choice for furniture, high-end interior finishing and cabinet-making. While it’s a little on the pricier end, it’s worth every dollar you spend since it has amazing resistance to shrinking, warping, checking and is highly durable. The wood sports a gorgeous tight grain pattern and there’s no characteristic odor associated with it.

Get inspired and make the “smart” wood choices for your wine cellar projects by checking out more wood facts on the WCI website. ^_^

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