Framing Lumber

What is the Best Framing Lumber?

The environment where you reside, the size of the construction, and its intended use are just a few of the factors to consider when determining what kind of lumber to buy. In light of this, choosing the proper timber is essential to the success of your project, regardless of whether you’re planning to frame a shed, a pole barn, or that screened-in porch you’ve always wanted to add to your house. How do you decide which timber to use, then? To assist you in choosing the best lumber for framing, read further. For additional questions and to order your framing lumber, call us or visit any of our Mans Lumber locations throughout the Detroit Metro area.

Aspects to Consider

Understanding the terminology used to describe frame lumber will help. This will assist you throughout the whole process, from the hard work of planning to the hard job of construction.


The weight and strength of wood are both dependent on density. Denser wood, even softwoods like pine, spruce, or Douglas Fir, offers more structural strength. Each of these is flexible in a way that benefits buildings.


The state of the wood’s surface is referred to as its texture. It also alludes to its steadiness in general. For wood that will be seen on a building’s exterior and have an impact on the final aesthetic finish, the texture is frequently employed.


From the soft white of white pine to the vibrant crimson of redwood, color expresses the individuality of the wood.

Grain Pattern

The wood grain is determined by the growth direction of the wood cell fibers prior to the tree being cut. Each plank will have a different pattern in the wood grain.

Ideal Wood Species

A number of wood species can be used to make structural timber, but the species that are utilized where you live will depend on the local economy, what’s readily available, and the strength requirements. A species of wood is categorized as either a hardwood or a softwood. While softwoods (i.e., conifers) are trees with needle-like leaves and are often evergreen, hardwoods are broad-leafed deciduous trees. Softwoods are used to make the majority of structural timber because they grow more quickly, are more readily available, and are easier to work with (i.e., ease of cutting, nailing, etc.). According to the NDS, a wood species is further divided into groupings or combinations. A group’s species share characteristics and are graded according to the same standards. The species groupings of spruce pine-fir, hem-fir, southern yellow pine, and Douglas fir-larch are those that are widely used for residential construction.

Lumber Grades

Lumber is graded in line with defined grading standards that take into account the impact of knots and other structural flaws, such as the angle of grain and natural growth characteristics, on the member. Compared to a “perfect,” clear-grained member with no inherent flaws, growth features weaken the member’s overall strength. The majority of lumber is assessed visually, while it can also be machine-rated for stress or machine-evaluated. Visually graded lumber is evaluated by a person who inspects the wood member at the mill in accordance with the grading guidelines of an authorized organization. Wood members are divided into the proper grade groups by the grader. Typical visual grading classes include Select Structural, No. 1, No. 2, Stud, etc., in decreasing order of strength qualities.

Why Mans Lumber

The Mans family has provided lumber and building supplies to the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor regions since 1900. The Mans family is now running Mans Lumber and Millwork with the same beliefs that helped N.A. Mans build his company: putting the needs of the client first. To guarantee that consumers have access to the most recent product knowledge and building processes, Mans staff get ongoing education and training. Our credo and commitment to our customers continue to be: Timely return on estimates, on-time delivery, prompt phone call follow-up, fair bidding practices, relationship builders, education before selling, reduced client wait time, top-quality materials, and positive response to customers’ needs, always. Contact our team today to schedule your design consultation.

Framing Lumber

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