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Choosing the Right Lumber for Your Project

Posted 25 October 2021 12:28 PM by Jase DeBoer

Planning to build your next project can be daunting, especially if you’re not sure what type of lumber you need. There are many types of treatment methods, applications, species and grades — all of which can make choosing the right lumber overwhelming. We’ve outlined the most typical applications and tips on choosing the right lumber for them.

Light Duty
For small builds, indoors or out, light duty lumber is an ideal choice. Typically rough-sawn and pressure treated, this is excellent for projects where appearances are less important, but you still need the lumber to last regardless of the application. Light duty lumber is ideal for:

  • Interior framing
  • DIY projects or crafts
  • Minor landscaping projects

Keep in mind that although light duty lumber is strong, it’s a cost-friendly option as the treatment is lesser than above ground.

Above Ground
Lumber treated to above ground standards is typically used for anything that won’t come in contact with the ground, but will be subject to various weather conditions. This application is ideal for:

  • Decking
  • Railing
  • Balusters

Our above ground lumber is treated with micronized copper azole (MCA), a long-lasting and environmentally friendly treatment option.

Ground Contact
Any project that comes near or in contact with the ground should utilize ground contact treated lumber. These projects include:

  • Stair stringers
  • Fence posts
  • Deck frame
  • Retaining walls
  • Garden boxes

Use ground contact lumber anywhere it would be difficult or time-consuming to replace.

Critical Structure
With our optimal treatment and most comprehensive warranty, critical structure treated lumber should be used anywhere extreme conditions are prevalent or where the lumber is near contact with water. If you’re still not sure what lumber to use for your next project, we recommend that you opt for ground contact lumber. This offers long-lasting performance while still being an economical choice. Find a dealer or retailer near you and get busy building.



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