How to Choose the Right Lumber for Your Project

How to Choose the Right Lumber for Your Project

There are many different types of lumber you can choose from when planning for a project. However, there is no “one size fits all” lumber product that will work for every project. By understanding key differences between different wood products, you can make the right selection for your work.

Framing & Structural Lumber

Framing and structural lumber consists of boards and posts that are used for construction and other DIY projects. The thickness and width of the board will vary based on the type of structural lumber being used. For example, studs and structural light framing are available in 1 ½” to 3 ½” nominal thicknesses and widths. Structural joists, on the other hand, are 1 ½” thick and 5 ½” to 11 ¼” wide. Structural post dimensions range from 3 ½” to 5 ½”. These varying measurements have a direct impact on their weight capacity and other construction specifications. The experienced staff at Gerber Lumber can assist with reviewing your plans and help determine the adequate size of materials that are needed to complete your project.

Plywood & MDF

Plywood and MDF (medium-density fiberboard) are used in the construction of cabinets, shelving, and parts of indoor furniture. Plywood is made of thin sheets of cured wood kept together in layers. MDF uses hardwood and softwood fibers that have been bound together with resin. These products typically include a veneer for moisture resistance and aesthetics.

Decking & Fencing

Lumber used for decking and fencing is usually pressure-treated with chemicals and preservatives to give it better weather resistance for outdoor use. These products include decking boards, posts, railings, and balusters.

No matter what kind of lumber you need for your next project, you can count on Gerber Lumber to provide top-quality materials. Our expert staff can help you determine which lumber is best suited for your project so you can move forward with confidence.