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What types of wood for the exterior of the house?

What types of wood for the exterior of the house?

Let it be said, wood is back in our gardens and outside the house! After having been abandoned for a while in favor of concrete, iron and resin, wood is coming back more trendy than ever in the form of cladding, design or traditional furniture, terrace and decorative accessories. Noble and aesthetic material, it must however be chosen - and often maintained - with care to be able to last over time. When determining the type of wood suitable for embarking on major works or outdoor landscaping, the question can prove to be a thorny one. Which wood is best suited to my needs? Answer in pictures.

Exterior joinery

Lapeyre Wood is still the star in the family of materials for doors and windows. It offers good resistance to break-ins but also unmatched insulation and appreciated aesthetics. In terms of species, oak remains a safe bet in terms of durability, pine will be better suited to small budgets. To find a happy medium, go to tropical woods (moabi, movingui ...) which offer good value for money.

Which wood to choose for its shutters?

Lapeyre In addition to its undeniable aesthetic function, the exterior shutter must meet several criteria: to offer quality sound insulation, but also a barrier against heat loss. Prefer softwood species like larch or Douglas (Oregon pine). Fir can be a good economic alternative but must be protected from stain to be able to last over time.

The cladding

Castorama Exterior wood coverings are on the rise! True decorative bias, they also provide impeccable insulation of the house as well as good weather resistance. The exterior cladding, however, deserves to be chosen with care at the time of purchase: the maintenance cost and durability of the wood are as important as its purchase cost. The choice of gasoline will depend above all on the region in which you live. Indeed, all woods are not equally resistant to humidity and prolonged exposure to heat! Pine, larch, Douglas fir, western red cedar, chestnut and oak represent a good compromise for exterior coverings, even without treatment. White fir and spruce will need protection when it comes to being able to last over time.

Garden shelters

Castorama Practical for storing a mower, swimming pool accessories and various equipment, the garden shed is very popular with the French. As with any other use of wood outdoors (furniture, patio, etc.), the choice of gasoline for a garden shed is double-edged: expensive but durable, or affordable and requiring regular maintenance. Pine is still the star, but cedar is still a wise choice due to its resistance and putrescibility.


Leroy Merlin Exotic wood par excellence, bamboo has the distinction of growing very easily and quickly in wetlands, therefore being inexpensive to purchase. Solid as much as flexible, it is preferred for outdoor furniture or terraces. Note that it is naturally putrescible and that it tends to get gray over time: regular maintenance is therefore necessary.

Focus on eucalyptus

Castorama Native to Australia, eucalyptus is mainly used for the manufacture of garden furniture and outdoor furniture. Exotic wood par excellence like teak, it does however require regular maintenance to be able to resist rain and prolonged exposure to the sun (protective oil), unlike the latter.

The teak in question

Castorama Teak is a tropical wood known for its elegance and durability. Compared to other species, it remains one of the most expensive woods on the market. Its price is however justified by its extreme resistance due to the importance of the oils present in its internal content. Furniture and earthworks are the two most common uses of this precious wood.

The locust, an essence not to be overlooked

Leroy Merlin The locust, commonly called "false acacia", is native to North America. This very hard and almost rot-proof thorny wood can easily replace exotic woods. It is therefore a species considered to be durable, particularly sought after for exterior joinery, fences and gates.

Pine, star of the gardens

Leroy Merlin Pine is undoubtedly the big winner in our gardens. This needle-leaved conifer has no less than 111 species, most of which come from sunny regions (around the Mediterranean, USA, etc.). Not being a rare species and growing easily, pine remains a very accessible wood in terms of purchase price. It is used for outdoor furniture as well as for siding or garden sheds! Note that it requires very regular maintenance so that it can last over time.