Wood Ceiling Options for Outdoor Use

Create a beautiful and stunning visual and bring your outdoor living space to life by using an exterior wood ceiling. Wood ceilings can be used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to your walkways, patio, canopies, porte-cochères, and atriums. With a wide variety of wood species and systems available for outdoor use, the possibilities are endless.

Rulon International offers a wide variety of options to help you craft the perfect outdoor wood ceiling to match your specific design requirements while remaining environmentally conscious and sustainable. 

Why Choose an Exterior Wood Ceiling?

An exterior wood ceiling can help create a stunning natural finish for outdoor areas often dominated by brick, stone, and glass. With a wide variety of wood species and layouts available, you can customize your wooden ceiling to match your exact style requirements.

Different species of wood can be used to create a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes for your outdoor ceiling. Using wood also allows you to design ceiling panels in a variety of formations and placements to get the exact look you are going for. In addition to this, having a wood ceiling is also sustainable and safe.

What Kinds of Materials Are Best for Outdoor Wood Ceilings?

Deciding on what kind of wood to use for your outdoor ceiling is important. These include taking several factors into consideration including relative humidity, adjacency to bodies of water, and direct sunlight exposure. Although your outdoor ceiling can be coated to help prevent water damage, no finish can fully protect wood. Since finishes can only assist in this protection, the best option is to find a species that is naturally water resistant. You can read more about the relationship of wood and water here.

Here are some of the best types of wood to use for your outdoor wood ceiling:


Redwood is a great wood to use for your outdoor ceilings as it experiences very minimal seasonal movement and shrinkage. Due to the lack of Redwood forests, however, lumber prices are often heavily inflated and uneconomical. 

White Oak

White oak is a highly stable, straight-grained wood that naturally resists decay and moisture. An almost ubiquitous choice for wine and whiskey barrels, White Oak is a readily available species with proven durability. 

Ipe (Brazilian Walnut)

Imported from Central and South America, Ipe is also commonly known as Brazilian Walnut and Ironwood. Ipe is an incredibly dense wood that is strong, stable, and naturally resistant to movement, surface cracks, warping, cracking, decay, and moisture. Ipe, like many imported exotic hardwoods, suffers from illegal logging resulting in highly destructive environmental effects and it is often not the best choice for exterior applications.

Things to Remember When Choosing Your Outdoor Wood Ceiling

Before you choose your outdoor wood ceiling, here are a few things to remember:

Incorporate your lighting into the design

When designing your outdoor wood ceiling, remember to incorporate the right lighting as part of your design. When lighting is implemented directly into the ceiling design, it can make for a beautiful and seamless result. For outdoor spaces, you may want both subtle and direct lighting. Our team of experts can help you design and craft a customized ceiling to fit your exact needs.

Maintenance and care

Having a wood ceiling can bring your outdoor living space to life but also requires some additional maintenance and care to keep it looking its best. Although your outdoor wood panels will have protective coatings,outdoor environments are harsher and extra care should be taken to keep your wood ceilings free of excess moisture to prevent decay or damage of any kind.

For a High-Quality and Sustainable Wooden Ceiling, Contact Us Today!

At Rulon International, we have an extensive track record working with owners, designers, architects, contractors, and installers for more than 30 years. We are skilled and experienced in helping design and craft beautiful outdoor wood ceilings for projects of all kinds and sizes.

Rulon International offers high-quality products to help you create custom and innovative outdoor wood ceilings for your projects that are also environmentally sustainable with world-class support to help you every step of the way.

Our expert sales team is eager and ready to answer any questions or queries that you may have before placing your order. Feel free to contact our sales team via email at info@ruloco.com or give us a call at (904) 584-1400.

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