The Importance of Rough Carpentry and Finish Carpentry

July 12, 2023

What is Carpentry?

What is carpentry and why would you need it? In a nutshell, it is the craft of shaping and assembling structural woodwork for various projects, such as homes, ships, bridges, etc. However, people don’t know that there are two different types of carpentry – rough and finish.

Both rough and finish carpentry are vital to the work itself in their own unique ways, but the roles the two play in carpentry is very different from one another. 

What is Rough Carpentry?

Despite its rather off-putting terminology, rough carpentry is referring to the basics of the building, which includes the frames and foundations among others. Doing so forms the structures of the floors, roofs, and walls. Basically, rough carpentry covers the bare essentials of any woodworking project. In fact, that’s why rough carpentry is considered the “bones” of any property, be it house or commercial. Rough carpentry lays down the groundwork of how to get the project or home remodel started. You are definitely going to need rough carpentry if you are building a brand new home, adding a home addition, knocking down walls or building a deck.

How Do I Find a Rough Carpenter?

You can find a rough carpenter in your area by either searching for a general carpenter or a general contractor. If you are doing a big project, like a home addition, work with a general contractor. Any good general contractor will have both rough and finish carpentry skills. However, if you are looking for a smaller-scale project such as replacing cabinets, it is best to go with a carpenter. General contractors typically will not take on such a small project.

What is Finish Carpentry?

Then there is finish carpentry. Finish carpentry essentially lives up to its name in that it finishes what rough carpentry starts. Primarily it polishes off the woodworking projects. While its uses do not pertain to floors, roofs, or walls like rough carpentry does, it typically adds more to the aesthetic of the project. In essence, they basically fill in the frame and add function. Finish carpentry is supposed to beautify the project itself. Here are some examples of finish carpentry projects:

  • Crown Molding
  • Baseboards
  • Windows
  • Stairs
  • Cabinets

Now that you have a general idea of the difference and importance between rough and finish carpentry, the one question that remains is, do you need the same team that assisted with rough carpentry to be the same team that assists with finish carpentry? The answer is a resounding yes. Having the same teamwork on both aspects of carpentry is important because that way, there’s always a mutual understanding of both the concept of what needs to be done and the execution of it all the way through.

In construction, timelines are constantly being pushed back. You can avoid massive hold ups by using the same team



Why You Should Use the Same Contractor for Rough and Finish Carpentry

Think of it like a football game. Imagine replacing your quarterback who you’ve had all season long and that knows all the set plays by heart at halftime with a completely fresh face who has no idea about any of the plays the team has practiced. He’ll do his best, but, wouldn’t it have been better to stick with the guy who is familiar with the team? The point is, you need the team who helped start the project to finish it off. 

Final Conclusion of Rough and Finish Carpentry

And that’s what we provide here at Wasatch Mountain Enterprises. We are a general contractor that has been providing high-quality rough and finish carpentry services, and we take great pride in being able to provide both. Carpentry truly isn’t as simple as woodworking. So many moving parts go into what makes a project successfully lift off the ground and be executed flawlessly. With our services by your side, we’ll make sure everything goes according to plan.

There is no project that is above and beyond our capabilities, and if you have any questions or want to revise anything, we’ll be there to make sure that everything goes swimmingly. A woodworking project may start out rough, but here at Wasatch Mountain Enterprises, we know that we can finish the job the right way no matter what!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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