This is a multi-layered type of wood that is very strong and easy to work with, and is most often used in roof framing projects. It is manufactured using several thicknesses of thin pieces of solid wood, that are held together with mildew-resistant phenol glues (these glues emit a very minimal amount of toxic materials). This wood is an excellent option if you need to produce posts and beams that are suited for wide spans.
This type of timber is manufactured using several sheets of wood that are stacked on top of eachother and eventually glued together. Due to this wood’s popularity in the European market over the past 20 or so years, cross-laminated timber (CLT) has only recently become available to consumers in North America. In addition to its fantastic thermal and acoustic properties, CLT is also highly resistant to fire and can provide exceptional structural strength to your building. Whether you need to build load-bearing walls, floors, or roofs, you’ll love the benefits that cross-laminated timber has to offer.
Also known as OSB or Aspenite, oriented strand board is a wood panel that is fabricated using very small strips of wood. It’s important to note that this wood is not as strong as plywood, nor is it as weather resistant. Normally used as exterior sheathing, OSB uses small pieces of waste wood, and bonds them together using a phenol formaldehyde.
Plywood can be used for a variety of construction projects and manufacturing tasks. This kind of wood is often used as studs in load-bearing walls, floor beams, and even roof supports. Plywood can usually be found as a 4x8’ panel that is created from thin sheets of wood veneer, which are eventually bonded together with a glue. Commonly found on residential construction sites in exterior walls, flooring substrates, and interior finishing applications, plywood is a favorite among our lumber customers.
An I-joist is a horizontal structural membrane that that if often used in framing to span an open space. They are usually placed between beams that transfer loads to vertical members. When you use an i-joist in a floor framing system, the joist provides additional strength and structure to the subfloor sheathing. As a result, it allows the joist to function as a horizontal diaphragm. Most joists are constructed of engineered wood, or steel.
Laminated veneer lumber, also called LVL, is manufactured by bonding thin wood veneers together under extreme heat and pressure properties. Often used for headers, beams, and rim board, LVL offers advantages over your normal milled lumber. Thanks to the composite nature of LVL, this wood is much less likely to warp or shrink.
Another type of engineered wood product is laminated strand lumber or LSL. This lumber can be used for a variety of applications like millwork, windows, door headers, and more. To make this type of wood, manufacturers press various strips of scrap wood together into solid joists and studs. A major perk of LSL is that it is designed to be weather resistant, making it much less likely to warp and split.
A rim board is a unique piece of wood that fills the space between the sill plate and bottom plate of a wall. This wood offers high strength and structural reliability, making it ideal for an array of construction projects.