Idaho Pacific Lumber Company (IdaPac) is proud to be a leading supplier of building materials to multi-family construction companies throughout the United States. Whether you’re constructing a multi-family residential property or a large commercial project, we can help you find an affordable and reliable option for your building material purchase orders. We work with an impressive network of lumber and panel mills, EWP manufacturers, national distributors and wholesalers, and the top manufacturers of doors, cabinets, and millwork, making us the trusted source for all of your project needs.

Since 1979, we’ve been supplying the U.S. construction industry with the best supplier services at the most competitive prices.

Our professionals will guide you through the timing of your commodity wood purchases to the logistics of shipping, to ensure you feel confident every step of the way. We offer:

  • Rough framing materials
  • Engineered wood products
  • Panel products
  • Siding
  • Specialty wood products
  • Roofing and builder paper
  • Insulation
  • Crane mats
  • Doors and cabinets
  • And more!

Quality Materials For Multi-Family Construction Projects

At IdaPac, we pride ourselves on providing builders and manufacturers with the best construction materials on the market. If you need lumber for your multi-family construction project, there are two main types of lumber to consider: softwood and hardwood lumber.

Softwood Lumber

This kind of lumber mostly comes from conifer trees like pine, cedar, spruce, and fir. This type of lumber gets its name because the lumber can be easily dented with just a push of your fingernail. Extra care must be taken to keep this wood stable as well, since it can absorb and lose moisture much easier than hardwoods can. Softwood lumber is often used in framing a house or building a deck. Some popular softwoods used in the construction industry include:

Cedar

Cedar is a favorite type of wood among construction workers, and for good reason. Unlike other softwoods, cedar will not change in size or dimension with the weather or humidity. Since you don’t have to worry about cedar lumber warping, it makes a perfect option for house siding, but it can also be used for decking, fencing, shingles, blinds, and shutters.

Cypress

Cypress is a weather-resistant lumber that can also be used for house siding. This kind of wood can appear pale yellow to light brown, and it will sometimes have flame patterns (similar to oak and ash wood). Some construction companies use cypress for interior paneling, millwork, cabinetry, and flooring as well.

Douglas Fir

One of the country’s finest building lumber is douglas fir. This type of wood is mostly known for its natural attributes. Multi-family residential properties love to build with this lumber because it is strong, beautiful, and durable. At Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, we’ve supplied fir wood to a wide range for commercial and industrial applications.

Pine

Pine is another softwood that you can find on construction sites throughout the United States. There are two main sources of pine: white and yellow. We’ve seen contractors use pine as a trim product, especially when it comes to door frames, window frames, cabinet trim, and even crown molding.

Hardwood Lumber

As its name suggests, hardwood lumber is harder wood that comes from deciduous trees like oak, maple, mahogany, and hickory. Since hardwood comes from slow-growing trees, it is denser and heavier than softwood and requires a longer drying time because of the amount of natural oil it contains. A common hardwood found in multi-family construction projects include:

Ash

From architectural millwork to moulding and kitchen cabinets, ash wood can be used for several different applications. This type of hardwood has a light to medium brown color in appearance and is often used for flooring, millwork, and window frames. Ash lumber products tend to be lightweight, especially for its strength, which is why it is very popular in new construction projects.

Rough Framing Materials

If your construction company or contracting business is in the process of planning a multi-family construction project, you’ll likely need to order rough framing materials for your build. Also called structural wood, this is the type of lumber that is used to frame houses. Before you purchase lumber for your construction project, there are three things you’ll want to keep in mind when looking at lumber grade stamps, which are:

Moisture content – The moisture content of the lumber you choose will have a great impact on your build. For example, if you use damp or wet wood in your multi-family construction project, there’s a good chance that the lumber will shrink. This can lead to gaps in your woodwork and even squeaky floors.

There are two main types of moisture grades to look out for, and you’ll almost always find these as stamps on the wood.

  • S-Dry – This means that the piece of lumber has less than 19 percent water weight
  • S-Grn – This is an indication that the piece of lumber has more than 10 percent water weight

Lumber gradeThe National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) has created rules to provide the construction industry with a mathematically measurable method to grade lumber based on the amount of clear, defect-free wood found in each piece.

Species of wood – The species of wood you choose to use for your construction project is very important to the success of your build. The wood species of a piece of lumber can give you insight on characteristics of that specific tree.

“Wood is a natural material and by its very nature may contain different characteristics and defects that need to be understood and allowed for in any given application. The grading of sawn wood into categories as it is processed helps to determine to a large extent the value and potential use possible for each board of sawn lumber.” – The American Hardwood Lumber Council


Engineered Wood

Many construction companies use engineered wood for their projects due to its durability. Engineered wood is a type of wood that is manufactured from other pieces of lumber and byproducts. These scraps have been reformed together using heat, glue and pressure to make a sturdy solid-wood alternative. Some common types of engineered wood used in multi-residential construction projects include:

  • Laminated veneer lumber – Also called LVL, laminated veneer lumber is a favorite among construction workers for a variety of reasons. Made from sheets of wood that have been glued together, this type of lumber is known for its strength. Many builders will use LVL for beams and other structural components.
  • Oriented strand board – Known as OSB, oriented strand board is another common engineered wood that you can find in multi-residential construction projects. According to The National Hardwood Association, OSB is an engineered wood panel that shares many of the strength and performance characteristics of plywood. OSB panels can be used for building single-layer flooring, wall and roof sheathing, and more.

Wood Siding Materials For Multi-Residential Construction Projects

If your multi-residential construction project requires the use of wood siding materials, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company can help you find the best lumber for your budget. Wood siding is available in a variety of types and styles, and this material can take the form of plywood, wood shingles, and linear boards. Let’s take a look at some common wood siding materials for your next construction project.

Plywood siding – This all-wood siding is ideal for new home construction and utility buildings. Some popular types of plywood siding are: red cedar, southern pine, and redwood.

Redwood siding – If you’re looking for a wood siding that is rich in both texture and tone, you may want to consider redwood siding for your multi-family residential construction project. Unlike other softwoods, redwood is not prone to shrinking with weather changes and moisture. Another perk of redwood is that it is naturally insect resistant.

Pine siding – For the exterior siding of residential and commercial properties, pine has always been a favorite among builders. This softwood is known for its superior finish, but it’s important to make sure you don’t end up buying fast-growth pine for your siding project because it is prone to splitting.

Fir siding – Similar to pine and spruce, fir wood is an excellent choice for residential and commercial properties. This wood is fairly easy to work with and it takes a finish well.

Cedar siding – If you’re looking for a natural wood siding that is moisture and insect-resistant, you’ll love cedar. Also known for its rot-resistant qualities, cedar is usually used in shakes and shingles.

Spruce siding – If you’re looking for an affordable substitute for pine siding, consider spruce siding for your construction project. Spruce shares many of the same characteristics as pine, and contractors like to use this lumber for board siding because it is rot-resistant.

Types of Wood Shingles

No matter what region of the country you’re building in, the roofing materials of your property are very important to the overall aesthetic and functionality of your project. Wood shingles provide an excellent roofing option that can withstand both hot and cold climates. With the large variety of wood shingle options on the market today, it can certainly be a challenge trying to decide what kind of wood is best for your construction job. If you need assistance choosing quality lumber for your multi-family construction project, get in touch with our professionals today.

Cedar shingles – These shingles are known for their strength and flexibility, but many people prefer them for their natural scent. These wood shingles are relatively easy to maintain, and because they are resistant to humidity and temperature changes, you don’t have to worry about them warping.

Wood shingles – Also called wood shakes, wood shingles are often sold in 16, 18, and 24-inch shingles. They can give your multi-residential construction project a rustic appearance. While most wood shingles are made from cedar and redwood, our lumber professionals can help you find the perfect wood for your project.

Teak shingles – Teak wood is native to Southeast Asia. While teak shingles are unique in their appearance, they have the ability to repel water which is a major perk to construction builders. While these shingles aren’t the most inexpensive options on the market, they can be a cost-effective investment over time.

At Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, we believe that high-quality lumber can mean the difference between a mediocre construction project and a world-class build. The type of lumber you choose for your multi-family residential home should not only be appealing and eye-catching, it should be functional and efficient.


The Advantages Of Wood As A Building Material

There’s a good reason why construction companies and contractors choose wood for their projects. Wood has an array of benefits that make it an ideal candidate for residential and commercial construction jobs. Some of the biggest benefits of wood include:

Amazing Thermal Properties

As you may already know, materials like metal change in size and volume as temperature and humidity starts to fluctuate. This unwanted expansion can have a negative impact on the materials, as they can weaken and eventually crack or break. When you use wood materials for your construction project, you don’t have to worry about it expanding with heat. In fact, when wood is exposed to sunlight and heat, it can actually strengthen the material instead.

Mechanical & Aesthetic Benefits

While wood tends to be a lightweight material, it’s strength is hard to beat. Its tensile strength (the ability to bend under a certain amount of pressure without breaking) also makes it the perfect choice for builders and construction workers. In addition to wood’s strength, it is also admired for its aesthetic properties. Since no two trees are alike, each piece of lumber your purchase will have its very own natural color and design.

When it comes to your construction project, it’s important to work with a lumber company that offers reliable and affordable options for your budget. IdaPac works with a large and impressive network of lumber and panel mills, EWP manufacturers, national distributors and wholesalers, as well as some of the top manufacturers in doors, cabinets, and millwork. If you’re interested in learning more about our lumber supply company or you’re interested in learning more about our lumber and building materials, contact our friendly team today.