appalachian-forestAt Somerset, we believe in a simple straightforward approach to marketing. We basically tell it like it is. We make it a point to call attention to the fact that our hardwoods are Appalachian, because there really are inherent benefits to the lumber that make it a better choice for our customers.

So what makes Appalachian hardwoods better?

According to the Appalachian Hardwood Lumber Association (AHLA)1, there are four characteristics that make Appalachian Hardwoods a better choice above other hardwood lumber resources. Since the 1920s (when hardwood from this region began to make a name for itself) Appalachian Hardwoods have:

  1. come from a sustainable forest
  2. produced consistent grain patterns, color, and durability
  3. resulted in increased yield for manufacturers
  4. been made in the USA

The environmental conditions that create the magnificent scenery of the Appalachian Mountains also produce the world’s most beautiful hardwoods. These Appalachian Hardwoods that grow in the region stretching from northern Georgia to western New York are unique in all the world. At 1000 ft. elevations and up, all the elements work together to create an ideal environment for superior quality hardwood trees.

There are benefits resulting from the location, the land, and the climate. The soil in the Appalachian Mountain region consists of beneficial minerals and nutrients that nourish the hardwood trees. Annual rainfall throughout the region is adequate and the natural terrain allows excess moisture to drain from the tree's roots. The climate, however, may be the key advantage to the superior wood. The warm summers assist growth and development of trees, while the cool spring and fall seasons and cold winters allow the growth to be gradual. Due to the slow growth maturity of the Appalachian trees, the woods inherently have tight growth rings, strong fibers, and consistent grain patterns that are considered incomparable when it comes to beauty, strength, and durability.

The Appalachian Hardwoods advantage to the lumber buyer/specifier.

Appalachian Hardwoods are consistently awarded the highest grade and quality rating. They can make a difference in the stability and quality of your products.

(1) various content used and repurposed from AHLA website www.appalachianwood.org

  • At Somerset, we believe in a simple straightforward approach to marketing. We basically tell it like it is. We make it a point to call attention to the fact that our hardwoods are Appalachian, because there really are inherent benefits to the lumber that make it a better choice for our customers.