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Understanding Lumber

Types of Lumber

Lumber is used as the base of so many home projects and typically a home itself! What you may not have realized is how many types of lumber there are. Each one has its own unique characteristics that make it good for different types of jobs. Here is a quick breakdown to help you understand what your project may require. Come visit our showroom to see a wide variety of lumber types and talk with the experts to see what you need

Softwood and Hardwood

Softwood lumbers can be easily dented, absorb and lose moisture easily and come from trees such as pine, fir, spruce and cedar. Softwood lumber is typically less expensive than hardwood and is used in many home projects including framing or decking.

Hardwood lumbers are not easily dented and are used more in specialty projects such as woodworking, cabinetry, flooring or furniture. Hardwoods come from trees like oak, maple, walnut, hickory and mahogany.

Pressure Treating Wood

Softwood lumber is used in many projects but to ensure its durability and longevity when exposed to the elements, it is often pressure treated. Pressure treating is a process of applying a chemical to the wood that helps to preserve the wood then leaving it to dry. Pressure treated wood often has a slightly green color to it. Because of the nature of chemicals applied to the pressure treated wood it should never be used for your fireplace and you should wash your hands after handling.

Willingham and Sons has a large showroom in beautiful, historic Newberry stocked with all types of lumber. Come see us and find what you need for your home or commercial project!

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