American white oak
This is a very popular timber for handrail use. It has a very distinctive grain that can make any staircase look good. It is mid range in colour and easily stained to darken for a more traditional look. - It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Ash
This is a very light coloured wood that is well suited to to the more contemporary handrail. It gives a good contrast between the lighter and darker grain that is enhanced with polishing. - It is suitable for indoor use only.
American Black Walnut
This wood has become very popular over the last few years. It has a with a very dark colour which is well suited to the traditional style of staircase. It has an attractive grain but it can be hard to see at times as the variation between the light and dark grain are not always obvious. - It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Cherry
Cherry is very distinctive with an almost orange tinge to it, the darker grain can give some very interesting patterns when cut for handrail. - It is suitable for indoor use only.
European Oak
Probably the best known of all timbers. The grain has a unique look to it both in colour and figuring. It can look good on most staircases whether contemporary or traditional. - It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Sapele
Sapele gives the traditional mahogany look with a reddish brown colour and broader bands of dark and light grain. - It is suitable for indoor use.
Iroko
Iroko is medium brown in colour but extremely hardy to the environment and therefore ideal for outdoor applications. - It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.