Metro Building Products Blog

4 Key Benefits of Using Cedar Lumber & Timber

When building outdoor spaces, regardless of the scope or size of the project, Atlanta homeowners should look for the 4 key benefits of using cedar: sustainability, durability, versatility and, of course, aesthetics. When it comes to wood, cedar lumber is a definite winner, covering all four. Real cedar is highly revered and durable material that is also resistant to those Georgia pest and insects, as well as decay and rot, which makes it the ultimate choice when it comes to building long-lasting items that require little maintenance. (more…)

5 Reasons to Build with KDAT Wood

When it comes to decks, gazebos, and other outdoor building projects, you just can’t beat the look and feel of real, genuine wood.

Sure, there are composite materials and other alternatives that mimic natural wood, but it’s never quite the same. By itself, wood isn’t always the most durable material. It’s prone to water damage, fungal rot, insect damage, and other issues. Being a natural, degradable, renewable resource comes at a cost. (more…)

Can You Stain Pressure Treated Wood?

Find Out If and How You Can Stain Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is great for building outdoor furniture and structures, planning a DIY project in the garden, or adding a fence, or an enclosure. This type of timber is sturdy and will withstand the elements while keeping its strength and appearance intact for many years. (more…)

Choose the Right Wood for Your Backyard DIY

What Type of Wood do You Need for Your Next Outdoor Project?

The quality of your backyard DIY project is as good as the construction material you use. Whether you want to build a piece of furniture or deck, you need to know the correct type of wood to suit your project. It’s important to note that not all wood species are perfect for various backyard DIY projects. Below are factors to consider when selecting the suitable lumber for your outdoor woodworking project. (more…)

How To Protect Cedar Wood For Outdoor Projects

Use These Treatments to Make the Most Out of Your Lumber

Cedar is one of the most popular types of wood for outdoor projects. It’s used for everything from decking to gates, shingles, and even decorative pieces to make your backyard pop more. Its unique red color makes it highly stylish as well, and since it’s also durable, cedar becomes an affordable and smart investment as well. (more…)

Making the Grade: How Lumber Grading Works

As you’ve probably noticed, lumber is designated with “grades.” After the lumber is cut at a sawmill, lumber grading helps determine how a cut of wood should best be used. Higher grade lumber has fewer knots and other defects when compared to lower grades. Softwood and hardwood are graded using separate systems, but both grading systems help woodworkers establish the quality of the wood. Softwood grading focuses more on strength than on appearance, while hardwoods are graded based on the amount of clear material available on a board. (more…)

Should Lumber Be Pressure Treated for Outdoor Projects?

Pressure Treated Lumber for Outdoor Constructions

Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has undergone chemical preservative infusion to make it less susceptible to water damage, mold, and insects. The pressure treatment can make the wood more durable or, better still, become fire retardant. (more…)

The Top Uses For Fire Retardant Treated Wood

If you’re interested in creating safer, more fire-resistant structures, fire retardant treated wood (FRTW) is a fantastic choice. At Metro Building Products, we have a long line of FRTW products. Learn more about FRTW and its benefits below!

 

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What is a Lumber Yard?

Understanding How a Lumber Yard Works

A lumber yard is a commercial establishment that processes, stores, and sells wood-related products used for construction. The term lumber yard is sometimes used interchangeably with timber yard. Most lumberyards sell products and materials produced at lumber mills, where clients pick up supplies at the yard themselves or make an order to have products delivered to their homes or sites by the lumber yard services. (more…)