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At Shell Lumber we are proud to offer an expansive selection of domestic and exotic lumber, with plenty available in both hardwood and softwood types. But while some of our exotic lumbers come from very far away and all over the world, we are proud to carry one particular type of lumber that is native to Florida and found plentiful throughout the state: bald cypress.

Because cypress trees and their lumber are especially rot resistant and considered to also be highly durable, they are quite suitable to be used for exterior projects in the hot and humid Florida climate, in areas where the wood is likely to come in frequent contact with rain. In fact, while cypress can be used for interiors and especially interior trims, it is most commonly used for things like decks, docks, and other exterior constructions. It also makes an excellent wood for boat making, fences, and patio furniture.

Cypress wood is consistent and versatile, and tends to be light in color and an almost yellowish brown, though at times can appear as an almost salmon pink. Some boards can have a few dark pockets where the tree was attacked by fungi, but many users of cypress lumber appreciate these unique flaws and believe that they add character and a one-of-a-kind appearance to each board. One thing is for certain: cypress is one type of lumber that has a particularly classic and timeless appearance, one that has always been in style and is unlikely to go out of style any time soon.

Cypress is soft and moderately easy to work with, though some users have reported that it may have a slight dulling effect on the edges of cutting tools. Furthermore, cypress works well with adhesives and various types of glue, in addition to holding paint and stains very well. This type of lumber also sands and shapes easily, and you’ll even find that cypress knees, the mysterious root structures found surrounding cypresses in the wild, are often harvested specifically for woodworking and carving projects.

Because the bald cypress is currently listed as a species of least concern, you don’t have to worry about any sustainability concerns in terms of environmental responsibility when using it. One important note though: cypress lumber is classified as a sensitizer. What this means, is that longterm exposure to cypress sawdust or particles can cause more severe and adverse allergic reactions in people over time. Handling cypress is generally fine, but those working with it should be aware of the potential risks and keep an eye out for any signs of allergic reaction.

If you are looking for cypress lumber in Miami, or any other varietal of domestic or exotic lumber in the market today, visit Shell Lumber & Hardware to browse our current selection of hardwoods and softwoods. Not only does Shell carry the largest selection of lumber that can be found in South Florida, but we are always happy to special order items in the rare event that we don’t stock what you are looking for. Call us today at (305) 856-6401 or visit us in person at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue in Miami.


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