Common Lift and Slide Wood Species

Here are some of our most common choices for lift and slide doors. 


African Mahogany

African Mahogany (Khaya spp.) is a hardwood. Other names for this wood are akuk, bandoro, benin mahogany, degema, lagos wood, acajou, khaya, Nigerian mahogany, Ivory Coast mahogany, and Gold Coast mahogany. African Mahogany grows throughout West Africa and is usually cheaper and more abundant than genuine mahogany. Wood grain is known to be interlocked or straight, often with a ribbon figure, and has a moderately coarse texture. It has a creamy-white sapwood and reddish brown heartwood, often with a purple cast. It is a heavy wood and hard with medium bending and crushing strength, low stiffness and shock resistance, moderate decay resistance, and good stability in use. It will stain and polish to an excellent, beautiful finish. These qualities make a great choice for lift and slide doors.


Genuine Mahogany

Genuine Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is a hardwood also known as Honduras mahogany, true mahogany, American mahogany, bigleaf mahogany, cao, caoba, cobano, acajou, and aguano. It comes from southern Mexico to Brazil. It is straight grained but sometimes roey, wavy, or curly with a fine to coarse, uniform texture. It has a pale pink to dark reddish brown heartwood and yellowish white sapwood, however, over time it will mature to the deep reddish brown that is often imitated in lesser woods with stain and dye treatments. It will finish easily with a variety of finishes, although filling may be required for ultimate smoothness. Its physical traits vary, but generally moderate weight, hardness, and strength with a low stiffness and shock resistance. It has very good stability and decay resistance, which makes it a good choice for lift and slide doors. It was once so plentiful that it was used as ballast in ships returning to europe from the new world it is now a rare and protected hardwood.


Black Walnut

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is a hardwood. Also known as walnut, American black walnut, American walnut, Canadian walnut, black hickory nut, gun wood, canaletto, nogal, and tocte and grows in United States and Canada. Its generally straight grained with a moderately coarse, uniform texture. Rich dark brown heartwood and nearly white sapwood, deep rich color. Its a moderately heavy, hard, strong, and stiff species with good decay resistance and dimensional stability. Sands easily and finishes to a velvety, natural-colored sheen. Black Walnut has been considered North America's premier hardwood for over two centuries. Excellent working and finishing characteristics and strength have made it a favorite for fine furniture, turnings, flooring, and cabinetry and ideal for gun stocks due to dimensional stability and ability to absorb recoil, giving its nickname “gun wood”.


Black Cherry

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a type of hardwood also known as wild cherry, wild black cherry, rum cherry, cabinet cherry, capulin, and New England mahogany. It grows in Canada, United States, and Central America and in most cases, is straight grained with a fairly uniform texture and a rich luster. It has a light to dark reddish brown heartwood and narrow, almost white sapwood. Its hard, strong, stiff qualites make its great for lift and slide doors and Its heartwood has good decay resistance. Black Cherry polishes to an excellent finish that naturally darkens with age.



Teak (Tectona grandis) is a type of hardwood. Other names for this wook species include Burma teak, Rangoon teak, moulmein teak, gia thi, jati sak, kyun, mai sak, rosawa, and many other local names coming from Indonesia, India, and Central America. Teak has a straight grained appearance with a coarse, uneven texture, medium luster, oily feel, yellow brown to dark golden brown heartwood, and grayish or white sapwood. Its physical traits are fairly hard and heavy, with low stiffness and shock resistance. It also has excellent decay resistance and good acid resistance.

Teak is recognized for its durability and stability under severe climatic conditions. These qualities, plus high quality construction guarantee long life even when left permanently outdoors.



Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) is a softwood. Other names include Idaho white pine, mountain pine, white pine, and silver pine. This pine is grown in western United States and Canada. It has a straight and even grain with a medium to coarse texture. Its cream colored to light reddish brown heartwood that darkens on exposure and has a yellowish white sapwood. Characteristics include; light, soft, moderately stiff, low strength/shock resistance, and moderately low decay resistance. It paints and finishes fairly well but beware of blotchiness when staining.



Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) is a hardwood and has been called broadleaf maple, Oregon maple, Pacific coast maple, western maple, white maple, or maple. It comes from Western North America. Usually straight, but sometimes curly grained with a relatively coarse texture and pale pinkish-brown to almost white sapwood and heartwood, often with a grayish cast. It has heavy, hard, strong, and stiff characteristics that resists denting well. It also has good shock resistance and decay resistance. This wood species accepts stains evenly. Sands and polishes quite well and is often used for fine wood furniture and cabinets due to its uniform color.


curly grained maple



Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a softwood. Also known as Douglas spruce, coast Douglas-fir, Douglas yew, blue Douglas-fir, Oregon pine, red fir, and red spruce. Douglas Fir is North America’s most plentiful softwood species, accounting for one-fifth of the continent’s total softwood reserves. It grows in western United States and Canada; introduced to UK, Australia, and New Zealand. This wood species is usually straight, sometimes wavy grained with a medium to fairly coarse texture and has a yellowish to orange-red heartwood and whitish - reddish white sapwood. Knots are seldom, varying in terms of color, weight, and strength but frequently of average weight with moderate to high strength, moderate shock resistance, and high stiffness. Also known to be somewhat brittle and susceptible to splitting. It will Stain and varnish easily but not recommended for painting as paint will not take well. In the past Douglas Fir was so plentiful it was used for entire houses. Since then is has become scarce and is reserved for use as structural elements as it excels as a wood for making doors and windows.


Common Alder

Common Alder (alnus glutinosa) is a hardwood, also known as black alder, gray alder, and red alder. It grows in northern hemisphere - Europe, Russia, western Asia, and Japan. Red alder grows on Pacific coast of United States and Canada. It has straight grain, is fine textured, and has orange/ brown sapwood and heartwood. This is a heavy, soft wood species with low bending strength, shock resistance, stiffness, and decay resistance; stains and polishes acceptable.