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Lee Lumber is one of Chicago’s largest supplier of quality building materials. Our large variety of dimensional lumber has been carefully selected to meet a wide range of building and construction needs. Our company doesn’t select lumber simply based on grade, but strives to carry products only from the best mills to ensure that customers get consistently high quality every time they make a purchase.
Dimensional lumber is anything has been cut to standardized sizes of width and height in inches. Dimensional lumber is most commonly used to frame walls, floors, and roofs. While big-box stores often carry high-grade dimensional lumber for construction, they are not as selective about the quality of their lumber and many do not carry long lengths. Lee Lumber stocks 2 x 6 through 2 x 12 options in 22-26 foot lengths. Lee Lumber can also special order dimensional lumber and have it within a few days for customers looking for even longer lengths. Dimensional lumber is generally made of Western SPF, Hem Fir, White Fur, Douglas Fir, or Southern Yellow Pine. For roof rafters and flooring, Lee Lumber carries Douglas Fir, Hem Fir, and Spruce and lengths up to 32 feet.
Lumber Used For Studs
Studs are one of the basic elements of construction, particularly residential construction. Most light framing studs have nominal dimensions of 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 and come in one of three grades: construction, standard, or utility. Grading is based on the frequency, placement, and size of knots and overall allowable wane. In general, construction-grade studs are of the highest quality and are required for use in most load-bearing applications. Utility studs can be used in non-load bearing applications. Lee Lumber carries SPF & ESLP, Finger-Joint SPF, Hem Fir, and Douglas Fir studs. SPF stands for Spruce, Pine, and Fir and indicates that the stud could have come from any of those three species. ESLP stands for Engleman Spruce-Lodgepole Pine, two specific types of soft wood that yield high-grade lumber with tight knots. Finger-joint studs aren’t any stronger than dimensional lumber of the same species, but have fewer defects and thus are more dimensionally stable. In particular, finger-joint studs are less likely to twist and warp.
Heavy Lumber Timbers
Timbers are generally heavy lumber used in “post-and-beam” construction, which differs from framing that uses 2 x 4 lumber. Timber framing creates structures using heavy, squared-off, carefully fitted and joined timbers. Joints are generally secured with large wooden pegs rather than nails. This type of construction was more common prior to the 19th century. Today, timbers are used to provide both structural support and aesthetic benefits. One of the major benefits of timber framing is that it allows a building to distribute heavy weights without the need for excessive interior supports that would take up space.