We are primarily in the lumber business, not like a big box store. Our staff has the expert knowledge on the various lumber products.
Spruce lumber is the choice for general framing. It is not recommended for decks or other exposed areas. We buy in kiln-dried spruce lumber and almost always, we will have a premium grade in stock.
Our designers have tables that provide us with the information about the appropriate size to use in applications like floor joists or ceiling rafters.
We carry a complete range of sizes and the product is stored under a roof once the tarp has been taken off.
The Eastern White Pine is the tallest softwood tree in Eastern Canada, growing as high as 125 feet tall. It has a straight, uniform grain, dries easily and is prized for its dimensional stability and light colour. It is lightweight and easy to work with both manually and electrically. White pine is used in the manufacture of indoor and outdoor coverings, doors and windows, furniture and mouldings. It is also used for sculpture, toys, decorative articles and kitchen utensils. We have a large stock of pine lumber in our warehouses: •1"x2" and 1"x3" shed stock (clear) •1"x4",6",8",10",12" board D4S #1 Common •6/4" and 8/4"x4",6",8",10",12"
Western Red Cedar is a unique and prestigious softwood with outstanding physical characteristics. It offers a rare combination of aesthetic appeal and durability without chemicals, thanks to decay-resistant composition. The superior dimensional stability means project components are likely to stay straight, flat and resist warping and cupping; season after season. In addition, cedar is easy to cut,saw and nail with common tools, and readily accepts finishes.
We carry a high grade "architectural knotty" grade of cedar. We also carry the full range of sizes, most lumberyards and certainly big box stores only carry a limited stock.
Cedar is usually used in decks and docks. To maintain the surface, we recommend a stain. It costs more than pressure treated but less than composite lumber.
More information can be found on the Western Red Cedar Association website.
In 2013, the Osmose company who manufactures the chemicals, developed a treatment process that has micronized chemicals. This wood takes on a brown appearance. It has imprived corrosion resistance as well. Expect this product to weather in the sunlight, the same as any wood. Although the green coloured (ACQ) lumber is still available, we are phasing into the new brown coloured wood in 2014. Sienna refers to the colour.
For more information, navigate to our deck page.
What is a stud?
In framing lumber (spruce or SPF), a stud refers to a 2x4 (or 2x6) that is either 8' long; or is "precut" to a length of 92-5/8" (for an 8' wall) or 104-5/8" (for a 9' wall). Do not confuse this with "stud grade" quality which is another issue.