WOOD TYPES

At Real Carriage Door Company, we pride ourselves on building our customers beautiful solid wood doors. The wood we use is of the highest quality available, sourced both locally and from various regions throughout the world. Wood is a natural material so there will be some variances in the color and grain.

We take pride in offering 100% solid wood carriage doors; no veneers, nothing engineered, just top notch woods. With such a diverse lineup, it’s possible to add serious curb appeal to any home. All of our carriage doors are made with pride in the Pacific Northwest by artisan woodworkers. If you need some inspiration, please check out our swinging wooden door designs and pictures.

Read below to learn more about each of the species that we offer. Left of the wood sample has a clear urethane finish, and right is unfinished.

VERTICAL GRAIN DOUGLAS FIR
STAIN VS. PAINT GRADE FIR

• Domestic Softwood ** possible pitch pockets / caution in south or western exposure with dark finish
• 2.8 lbs./sf
STAIN grade = MIN 8 rings per inch, no knots
PAINT grade = wider grain, may have some knots

SAPELE MAHOGANY

• Imported Hardwood
• 3.6 lbs./sf
• Great to paint or stain
• Stable grain – good for damp / humid / coastal environments as well as dry and hot climates

RECLAIMED DOUGLAS FIR

• Wood is approx. 70-150 yrs. old, has been reclaimed from previous structure
• Weight per sq. ft = varies
• Nail holes and knots filled with caulk to seal and compliment the wood

RED WINE REDWOOD

• Imported Hardwood
• 3.6 lbs./sf
• Great to paint or stain
• Stable grain – good for damp / humid / coastal environments as well as dry and hot climates
Learn more here

WESTERN RED CEDAR

• Imported Softwood
• 2.1 lbs./sf
• Wide variation in color tone
• Bug and rot resistant attributed to natural oils

RUSTIC ALDER

• Domestic Hardwood (softest of the hardwoods)
• 2.5 lbs./sf
• Lots of knots that give character
• Takes stains and finishes well
• Holds up best in mild climates (minimal moisture and temperature fluctuation)

 

KNOTTY ALDER

From the cozy cabin to the modern home these carriage doors will add warmth and comfort to your space. Organic knots and burls define the rustic nature of alder. Great for the urban cottage or any home that needs a touch of nature, alder is naturally warm with earthy tones and hints of amber.

EUROPEAN BEECH

*Interior Use Only
European Beech adds an elegant appeal to any modern home. With unique, uniform wood tones of light honey-brown, characteristic rays and tiny grain, beech doors are the perfect complement to your space.

BUBINGA

Bubinga is a popular exotic wood harvested in western Africa. Its impressive coloration sets it apart. With its deep brick red color, stunning rings, and remarkable grain figures, it is sure to make a statement. Bubinga can be loved as much for its fun name as it is for its beauty and fortitude.

WESTERN RED CEDAR

Recognized for its classic qualities, western red cedar is a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest. Cedar’s silky texture, sweet aroma, and defined linear grain make it a woodworker’s favorite.

CHERRY

Cherry exhibits gorgeous colors and a resplendent grain. Cherry lumber colors range from robust red to soft light brown. The wood is satiny and smooth, adding elegance and refinement to any home.

DOUGLAS FIR

Douglas Fir features a light brown fiber with stunning dark brown growth rings. Eager to blend with virtually any décor, a Douglas Fir door is a great choice for the home.

HICKORY

Hickory is extremely tough and resilient. Hickory features a warm golden tone with darker contrasting ribbons throughout. Often used for baseball bats because of its shock resistance, hickory is suitable for projects subject to impact and stress.

MAPLE

Known for its delectable syrup, maple is one of the most durable wood species available. Light and airy, with soft but intricate patterns, a maple door will add sophistication to your home.

PADAUK

Often referred to as the Wood of Kings, padauk is known for its unique reddish orange coloration. It got this royal nickname from French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI’s. These 17th-century rulers had their woodworkers craft kingly cups and chalices with it. Padauk grows in the tropical climates of India, Indochina, the South Pacific, and West Africa.

PURPLE HEART

There are so many reasons to love a purple heart door. Upon exposure to sunlight, purple heart becomes a deep eggplant purple. Known for its durability, it is often used to build the hull of boats. Add a unique splash of color to your space, with this exotic hardwood, grown in South America.

RED WINE REDWOOD

After many years of growth, this wood was harvested in 1972 for use in 30,000 gallon red wine tanks in a prestigious Napa Valley winery. 44 years later, it was decommissioned and is now here in Gig Harbor, Washington, ready to be crafted into your stunning doors.

Learn more here.

TEAK

Teak is a versatile wood, which retains its shape and quality for years and years. It is native to south and southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Teak has a high oil content, which makes it more decay-resistance than any other natural wood. It tends to be golden to medium brown.

WALNUT

A walnut door is an excellent way to make a bold statement in your home. Luxurious chocolate brown and streaks of pale yellow create a compelling contrast. Whether your design style be modern, industrial, or rustic, the walnut door will fit right in.

WENGE

Often used for constructing musical instruments, wenge grows in the open forests of Mozambique and Tanzania. It is a very distinctive looking wood. Wenge sports a dark brown heartwood, and has very close fine black and white lines. One of our most unique and luxurious wood types.

WHITE OAK

Sturdy and strong, quarter-sawn white oak is prepared to stand guard in front of any home. With its striped grain and eye catching gleams of yellow it is sure to grab the attention of visitors.

ZEBRAWOOD

Stripy and mighty, it is not hard to see how zebrawood got its name. With its brown and yellow-ish stripes it is sure to stop your guests right in their tracks. Zebrawood grows near riverbanks in Africa. It tends to have thick bark and produce heavy, hard wood with a coarse texture.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL & ARCHITECTURAL FACTORS

When designing your Real Carriage doors, it’s important to consider environmental factors in combination with the architecture of your application.
Various factors play a role in the life and care of your wooden doors:

EXPOSURE: Do the doors face North, South, East or West?
CLIMATE: What region of the United States are you in?

    • Hot and dry desert: Southwest like Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas
    • Mild and wet: Pacific Northwest
    • Hot and humid summer with dry winters: Midwest / East Coast
    • Coastal climates with salt, moisture and sun: California, East Coast, Pacific Northwest
    • Hurricane zones and high winds: Florida, East Coast, southern states on the coast.
    • Other, Etc..

PROTECTION: Will the door have any protection from sun, rain, etc. by way of an
overhang, trellis, awning, shade tree, or hood?

Below are some examples of how you can incorporate protection into your home design. Real Carriage Door does not offer these designs at this time, however, with proper planning, they are simple accents to add with the expertise of your architect, builder, or contractor.

OVERHANG

Protection of a building that extends beyond the wall of the lower part.

TRELLIS

A frame of latticework used as a screen or support for climbing plants

HOOD

A protective cover for hardware or other mechanisms.

AWNING

A roof like cover extending over or in front of a place (over a deck, door, or window)

DRIP CAP

An L- shaped flashing above doors and windows to prevent moisture from seeping in from above.

PORTICO

A structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.

FINISHING

Our doors are shipped raw , ready for a light sanding and finishing soon after receipt. Since we ship our doors all over the United States and Canada with each region facing different climate considerations, we do not offer finishing at this time. Instead, we recommend consulting your
local wood finisher or contractor to find the best solution for your application.

NOTE: Temperature fluctuations, exposure, coastal environments, long exposure to hot, dry, sun, etc.. will all play a role in selecting the best product for your application.

Daly’s Wood Finishing is a local company with an online store. Daly’s ships direct and sells their product through distributors throughout the country. Feel free to reach out to them for recommendations.