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When you are looking for softwood lumber for exterior applications, there are many options. With so many grades and qualities available, the sourcing can be daunting, and you never know what you might end up with on your job site. Since framing lumber is also a softwood, this can muddy the water when your job requires high quality softwood millwork like siding or paneling. J. Gibson McIlvain is a smart choice for a provider in these cases, because we only deal in the highest grades of the Poplar softwood species.
Beyond aesthetics, there is demand for higher grade softwoods in timber framing applications when the dimensions call for massive posts and extensive lengths. When interior, exposed beams are in your project, choosing the right timber grade and species can make or break your project. In addition to the delivery challenges posed by obtaining large timbers in general, the grade and level of dryness is of paramount importance. Buying softwoods that demand high grade and appearance quality should be done from a specialty supplier, or you are bound to end up with a mixed bag of unusable grades.
J. Gibson McIlvain only carries the highest grades of softwoods like Clear Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar, Cypress, Northeastern White Pine, Douglas Fir, and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. We are not your supplier for framing material or even common and select material. We don’t carry these products, because our focus is on sourcing and providing only the best of the best in appearance; our high grade softwoods are then carefully dried and milled to exactly meet your project specification.
We have a dedicated staff of softwood lumber experts who can help you decipher the complex grading systems and identify the best species and grade for your project. Give us a call or email us and mention you are interested in softwoods, and you will be connected with a softwood specialist.
An outstanding exterior species, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is a slow growing, yet large tree. It is native to Alaska and Northwest Canada and is actually more Cypress than Cedar in its properties. Very strong and lightweight, with a close grain that works very uniformly, Yellow Cedar is the cream of the crop of domestic exterior woods. Yellow Cedar is often used in millwork, canoe and kayak construction, but also in large timber form.
Douglas Fir is readily available along the western coast of Canada and the USA and is an enormous tree. This allows for large timbers to be milled and makes it the standard for structural timbers in the timber framing industry. While not actually a fir, its appearance is reminiscent of Hemlock with tight growth rings and a creamy color. Once dried, Douglas Fir is very stable, and it resists weather and water excellently, making it of great use for exterior framing and marine applications.