Professionals who are skilled in carpentry are worth their weight in… wood! Without these tradespeople, the houses we live in, the furniture we sit on, and the structures in which we work and play would not exist. Most laypeople think of carpentry as one field. However, like medicine, law, education, welding, building, etc., there are various specialties. Let’s look at different types of carpentry work so you can zero in on finding the right carpenter to meet your needs.
Different Types of Carpentry Work
What is the role of a carpenter?
- Install carpentry work
- Make a layout and design parts before doing a job.
- Interpret drawings and create either a part of it or all of it.
- Determine how to execute a job efficiently.
- Provide advice on the type of tools and materials to use.
- Cut or shape wood.
- Join or fix timber.
- Install carpentry work.
- Maintenance and repair work.
- Accurately measure a project or component to scale.
- Suggest cheaper but quality carpentry tools and materials.
Two Categories of Carpentry
Rough carpenters are known as the workers that build the framework of the structure. They know how to construct walls, roofs, and floors. Which is basically the skeleton of the house or building. They study the blueprints and make sure that the foundation level is built precisely.
Finish carpenters are the ones who continue what the rough carpenters started. That means finish carpenters may work to install drywall, crown molding, windows, stairs, and other design elements that the house or building needs for it to look like a completed room.
Subcategories of Carpentry work
Residential carpenters typically focus on new home builds and/or remodels.
Trim carpenters install and repair trim and molding found on doors, windows, baseboards, mantels, etc. It is precise work, and as a type of finish carpentry, elements need to be neat and clean.
Another type of finish carpentry, cabinetry is intricate work and is in great demand for high-end builds and remodels.
These professionals work in office buildings, malls, retail stores, restaurants, and other commercial buildings.
Green carpenters specialize in using environmentally-friendly materials and practices to build wooden structures.
In this highly specialized field, carpenters work on dams, tunnel bracing, and sewer projects.
What’s the difference between a carpenter and a joiner?
Both carpenters and joiners work within the construction industry and both work with wood. However, their specialties are very different.
Carpenters work on larger frames and structures, such as house frames, staircases, roofs, and flooring. They are experts at working on construction sites and putting together the larger fundamental structures that make up a building under construction.
Joiners, however, produce more detailed or finer woodwork, manufacturing window, and door frames, flooring, skirting boards, fitted furniture, and other details. They often produce their work to highly specified measurements in a workshop environment.
Both roles are essential in the construction of a new build. Oftentimes, onsite carpenters will be fitting joined pieces produced in a workshop.
Choose the Right Carpenter
The specific training required for different types of carpenters varies. Rough work, for example, is more entry-level, while finish carpenters typically have more training and hands-on experience in their fields.
Some carpenters handle work in both residential and commercial settings.
With the vast range of services that fall under carpentry services, one should have a clear idea about whom to hire. Below are some questions you should ask before hiring a carpenter:
- What kind of carpentry do they specialize in?
- What are the standards of health and safety they follow?
- Do they have all the necessary permits and licenses?
- Will they be able to meet the deadline?
- How will they ensure the quality of work?
- What type of wood will they be using and where will they source it from?
Carpentry is a very skilled service and also one of the oldest professions in the world. A carpenter is required whether you are constructing something new or modifying an existing structure. Always hire a skilled and professional carpenter who can work many types of carpentry for a better experience.
Additional Reading: Finish Carpentry vs Rough Carpentry
Contour Construction | Commercial Carpentry in Omaha
Contour can complete large and small carpentry jobs for:
- Multi‐Family Residential
- Small scale tenant improvement and build-out projects