New! Metro Building Products’ Lumber Buying Guide

When buying lumber, one of the most important reasons to choose Metro Building Products over other lumberyards is quality. Every day, Metro experts with decades of experience continually sort through our in-stock lumber and remove boards that don’t meet our rigorous quality standards.

Twisted, knotty, cracked or bowed boards don’t make the cut at Metro Building Products. By constantly culling our inventory, Metro ensures that contractors, builders and homeowners won’t have to sort through stacks of lumber to find enough straight boards. This dedication to maintaining high-quality lumber stocks means contractors will save time and not have to travel back and forth from the job site to replace warped or unusable lumber.

In addition, contractors who build higher-end homes in metro-Atlanta, choose Metro because of our quality lumber. And because Metro has relationships with many mills, we have selection for large projects in stock.

Now Metro’s lumber buying and inspecting experts have distilled their purchasing and quality assurance know-how into the Metro Lumber Buying Guide, an online compendium that will be valuable to both longtime professional builders and do-it-yourselfers who have questions about buying lumber.

In the Metro Lumber Buying Guide, you’ll find out how much of what we stock is “select” or “structural” lumber, also called No. 1 grade, which typically has fewer defects. You’ll also learn the difference between No. 1 grade and No. 2 grade, the most common grade for framing.

One of the most useful sections of the guide will help you determine what type of lumber is best for specific projects—such as decking—by comparing the pros and cons of different types, such as hardwood versus softwood. The guide also answers common purchasing questions and addresses the differences between nominal sizes and actual sizes, crucial information when measuring for your next project.

To tap into Metro’s lumber buying expertise, visit the Lumber Buying Guide here.