Lumber Products

American Lumber Company is a full service supplier of quality lumber. You will find in this heading of our website some of the items that we sell. If you do not see what you need, please give us a call, we can order special order many products including long lengths and large timbers such as 8x8.

 


Douglas Fir Framing Lumber, Green   ↑ Top

American Lumber Company strives to stock above average green Douglas Fir Framing Lumber, primarily from Northern California and Oregon. Green refers to the fact the lumber has its natural moisture content, as opposed to being dry.

In the chart above, 1x4 means the board is a nominal 1 inch thick and 4 inches long. The actual sizes are usually ½ to ¾ inch less, so for example, a 2x4 is actually about 1 ½ inches thick, and about 3 ½ inches wide.

“And better” means that all lumber meets the grade specified, with some pieces being of a higher grade. American Lumber Company tries to buy lumber with as much higher grade as possible. For example, in “1x4 and 1x6 Utility and better“ boards, usually 85% is actually “Standard and better“, with only 15% or less being “Utility“.

If you require higher grades than the basic grades, American Lumber Company can usually find what you need for a small premium. “Construction“, “#1“, and “Select Structural“ are higher grades than  “Standard“ or “#2“. If you require lumber that has a great appearance, you should request “Select for Appearance“. A small premium will be charged.
Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
1x4 Utility and better
(also Hem fir, White fir, or Spruce-Pine-Fir)
8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x6 Utility and better
(also Hem fir, White fir, or Spruce-Pine-Fir)
8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x10 #2 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x12 #2 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x4 Standard and better 92-1/4”, 104-1/4”, 116”, 8’, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x6 #2 and better 92-1/4”, 104-1/4”, 8’, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x8 #2 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
4x10 #2 and better 12, 16, 20’
4x12 #2 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24’
4x4 Standard and better 92-1/4”, 104-1/4”, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20’
4x6 #2 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
4x8 #2 and better 12, 16, 20’
6x10 #1 and better 12, 16, 20’
6x12 #1 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
6x6 #1 and better 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
6x8 #1 and better 12, 16, 20’
 

Redwood Clear All Heart, Kiln Dry, Vertical Grain, Surfaced   ↑ Top

Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 1x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
 

Redwood Decking, Dry Deck Heart   ↑ Top

American Lumber Company also supplies you Redwood Decking. It is ideal for exterior projects such as decks, gates, fences or garden structures.

Deck Heart means that the wood is from the heart of the tree and has natural characteristics that resist decay. It has some knots of varying size and has also some slight imperfections. Deck grade is slightly superior to construction grade and is ideal for decks. It is graded for
strength.

If you want more information on Redwood Decking visit the Internet website of the California Redwood Association: www.calredwood.org
Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 ’
 

Redwood Lumber, Clear A, Dry, One resawn side, One surfaced side, Two surfaced edges   ↑ Top

Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 1x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x6 bevel siding 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x6 Two lap siding 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x6 V Rustic Ship lap siding 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x8 bevel siding 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
1x8 V Rustic Ship lap siding 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
 

Redwood Lumber, Dry, Surface Construction Heart   ↑ Top

Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x12, 4x4 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
 

Redwood Lumber, Rough, Green Construction Common   ↑ Top

Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
1x4*, 1x6*, 1x8*, 1x10, 1x12 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x12 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
 

Redwood Lumber, Rough, Green Construction Heart   ↑ Top

Widths in Inventory Lengths in Inventory
4x4 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
4x6, 6x6 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20’
 

Trex (Composite Decking)   ↑ Top

Trex is made from a unique combination of reclaimed wood and plastic, giving the best qualities of materials. The plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there is no rotting or splintering. The wood protects the plastic from UV damage and gives the deck a solid, natural feel. It looks great year after year.

Here are the main advantages of Trex:

- Offers the most natural look and feel of wood without the maintenance
- Will not splinter, rot, warp or crack
- Feels soft and comfortable to the touch
- Available in a variety of colors and profiles to complement any look
- Easy to work with and allows for design flexibility
- Is an investment that provides a value overtime
- Environmental-friendly
- Backed by a 25-year Limited Residential Warranty

The above information is from the website of the manufacturer.

Basic information    ↑ Top

At American Lumber Company, Redwood lumber is available in a diversified array of types and grades. Moreover, American Lumber Company stocks a few clear redwood timbers. If you need more information, please call or e-mail us.

Grades

Construction grades of redwood include construction, deck, select and clear. Some lumberyards will sell merch (merchantable) grade redwood. This is not suitable for most construction situations, and can have severe defects, which is why we do not carry it at American Lumber Company.

Some points:
- Construction grade has knots and other defects, but it suitable for most situations
- Deck grade is slightly superior to construction grade and is ideal for decks
- Select grade has fewer knots and defects than construction grade
- Clear Lumber is almost 100% knot and defect free


Types

American Lumber Company has several types of redwood in inventory. Here is information about the different grades and other characteristics :

Heartwood and Sapwood
Redwood lumber consists of heartwood, which is red in color, and sapwood, which is yellow in color. The heartwood has a natural resistance to decay which makes it ideal for exterior use. It is superior in its resistance to decay, so is recommended for “in ground” uses such as fence posts. Sapwood redwood usually works fine in “above ground” applications such as fence boards and decks. Redwood lumber that is 100% heartwood is designated “heart”.

Redwood lumber that is 100% sapwood (rare) or usually pieces with both sapwood and heartwood lose the “heart” designation. Heart grades of Redwood are more expensive than grades that allow sapwood.

Some grades include:

- Construction common (allows sapwood) and Construction Heart.
- Deck common (allows sapwood) and Deck Heart.
- Select (allows sapwood) and Select Heart.
- “A” Grade clear (allows sapwood) and Clear All Heart.

Dry versus Green
When lumber is milled it has the natural moisture of the tree. Such lumber is called “green” to reflect this fact. Over time lumber will dry out, and in some cases this process will cause lumber to go crooked or to warp. One way to minimize such problems is to dry lumber under controlled conditions. This is done through use of a kiln, in which case the lumber is called KD (Kiln Dried) or through careful natural drying which is called AD (Air Dry) or PAD (Partially Air Dried). Lumber which is partially air-dried may be more or less dry, so you really do not know what you are getting. Dry lumber is necessary for finish work, furniture manufacturing, or siding. Green lumber is fine for fencing. Decks can use either green or dry lumber, but at American Lumber Company we only sell dry redwood decking material because we believe it to be superior.

Rough, Resawn, and Surfaced
Rough redwood lumber has a surface that is practical for fence boards and siding. Rough lumber takes more paint or stain, and holds a finish better than surfaced (smooth) lumber.

Resawn lumber has a textured surface that is more uniform and smooth than rough lumber. It is often used for fascia and siding.

Surfaced lumber is smooth, often with eased (slightly rounded) edges.

At American Lumber Company our philosophy is to try to offer as many possible choices to the customer as possible. So, our Redwood fascia and sidings are usually offered with one resawn side, and one surfaced side. In this way one side of the board or the other will satisfy most needs. American Lumber Company keeps many grades of redwood with a rough texture. Such lumber can always be surfaced with the use of a planer, which American Lumber Company has in its mill facility.

Vertical Grain, Flat Grain, Mixed Grain
Some finish grades of redwood are offered in Vertical Grain (VG). This provides the best performance, and is also attractive. When looking at the surface of the board, the growth rings of the tree will be running up and down the board in a vertical fashion. Vertical grain is more expensive, and difficult to find. Flat Grain (FG) is the least expensive, but is fine for most situations. Mixed grain (MG) means there is a combination of grains in the wood, but the cautious buyer should assume such material is mostly flat grain. Lumber should be assumed to be mixed grain unless otherwise designated.

Redwood Siding
Redwood can be milled to produce decorative siding patterns. American Lumber Company stocks patterns including 2 lap siding, V-Rustic Ship Lap, and bevel siding. Other patterns are also available by special order.

If you want more information on Redwood Decking visit the Internet website of the California Redwood Association: www.calredwood.org

Information about Composite Decking Products    ↑ Top

Composite Decking Products are made of a combination of wood fiber and plastic. They are appealing for the following reasons:

- They are defect free, low maintenance, and moisture resistant. Decks made from these products should last much longer, with less maintenance than traditional wood decks.

- Most of these products are made from 50% to 100% recycled and/or post industrial plastic and wood fiber. They are environmentally correct products.

American Lumber Company carries two types of Composite Decking Products, each with their own characteristics. Each of these products has different available colors and unique surface appearance and texture so it is important to look at the actual product. These two products offer at least a twenty-year limited warranty. Most of these products offer also railing components. Before purchasing these products, please review the Manufacturer's handling and installation guidelines.

You can obviously ask your questions to one of our employees.
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Sheet Goods        ↑ Top

American Lumber stocks a variety of sheet goods:
 
T-111 Siding: Plain, 4" OC, 8" OC, 12" OC - 8', 9', & 10' Sheets
12" & 16" x 16' Weyerhauser Lap Siding: Plain, 5" & 6"

BB Oil and Edge Sealed Plyform

3/4" 4x8 Proform 1 Side

CDX, CCX, ACX, Hardwood's (Birch & Oak)

OSB - 8', 9' & 10' Sheets

Radiant Barrier Sheeting

Vinyl Covered Tackboards: 8', 9', & 10' (Moulding for Tackboard)

FRP Smooth & Pebbled: 8' & 10' (Moulding for FRP)

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Phone: 209.578.5200
Fax: 209.578.1528

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Saturday: 8am to 12pm


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