Need help deciding on the best lumber for your build? Here’s all the information you’ll need on what to choose and how to work with it.
Is It Wood Rot? A Question You Need to Answer Fast
Rain, floods, or just a sneaky drip can cause wood to rot. In a building, wood rot is frequently a silent enemy that suddenly makes itself known when a porch step sags or a door won’t shut. But there are ways to spot wood rot –
and make repairs – before it gets too far along. Here’s everything you need to know about identifying and repairing wood rot.
How Wood Shrinkage Affects Your Projects
We've all been there: you want to start a new project- a birdhouse for grandma or fixing your fence perhaps, but you notice some of your wood in the pile has some splits or cracks. What happened? Well, one likely cause is wood shrinkage. Let's discuss the what, when, why, and how of wood shrinkage and some ways to keep this from happening to your stock of lumber.
The Building Materials Market: Spring Update
After prices declined this past winter, as they typically do, we are seeing a VERY slow return to price increases as the building season gets underway in the south. The northern section of the country is just seeing hints of spring, so prices won’t
rise dramatically until builders in those areas can really get going. Plus, with interest rates still high and at least two prominent bank failures, there is significant uncertainty in economic circles.
Wood Grain Makes the Difference in Your Lumber's Appeal
You might see a beautiful old table and remark, “Ooh, this wood grain is lovely,” but knowing the details about wood grain can give you a head start on your own heirloom woodworking project. When it comes to how a piece of lumber looks, feels,
and performs – it often comes down to not only the type of tree it came from, but how it’s cut, sawn, and treated. Read on to find out what wood grain really is and how it impacts projects of all types.
Types of Beams and Why They Matter
When you’re contemplating a home renovation or new construction, you may spend days or even weeks picking out tile, paint, and fixtures — but you should also take time to consider what type of materials are holding up all those beautiful treatments.
At McCoy’s, we supply lumber for projects big and small, and some of what we’re most proud of are the types of construction beams we can offer. Yes, that’s right: beams. What do you know about the beams in your project?
Glulam: A Weird Word, but a Key Construction Material
Your contractor knows that glulam beams are important in the construction process, but do you know why? A glulam is a type of engineered wood product that dates back to its invention in the 1860s. The word "glulam" stands for "glue laminated timber."
First patented in Germany in the 1870s, the glulam has become an integral part of construction plans where strong, lightweight, water-resistant wood is needed. Key to its superior strength is that its wood pieces are glued in the same grain direction.
This structural distinction means it can easily expand or contract in warm or cool weather.
Pressure Treated Wood for Your Outdoor Projects
Pressure treated wood is one of the best options for outdoor projects. Yet, even within this type there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. When planning a build, you’ll need to determine what type of treated lumber to buy and where to use it. Should
you choose Ground Contact or Above Ground rated lumber? We'll help you figure out what you need — and whether pressure treated wood is right for your project.
All About Dimensional Lumber
A 2x4 piece of lumber means it‘s two inches by four inches… right? Not exactly. Dimensional lumber may not be all as it seems on face value, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a method to this madness. Before your next project,
let the lumber pros guide you through the lumberyard so you pick the right lumber for your project.
Hardwood vs. Softwood: Insights from the Lumber Pros
Hardwood vs. softwood. The difference may seem simple, but when it comes to your DIY project knowing how to differentiate your wood is important. While a lot of hardwoods are generally “harder” than softwoods, there are some exceptions. The
difference, in fact, is not based on how “hard” the wood is, but by the tree’s seeds and how it grows. Before you start on your next project, brush up on your lumberyard knowledge so you grab the right wood for the job.
Protect Your Land with the Right Culvert
When you need to move water under a road, a driveway, or a segment of land, a culvert is ideal for the job. Similar to a large pipe, a culvert is a relatively simple, customizable way to move water from one place to another. Is a culvert right for your
needs? And how do you pick the right one? McCoy’s makes it easy to break down these complex decisions.
What is Plywood, Anyway?
Just about any construction project includes plywood. But what is plywood? This common building material is anything but simple. In fact, it’s an engineering marvel! We love using different types of plywood in tons of projects from furniture to
additions to whole home construction — but do you really know what makes plywood so strong and so affordable?
Navigating Our Lumberyard
Here at McCoy’s, we pride ourselves on our full-service lumberyards. Each yard is stocked with a wide variety of top-grade lumber to serve not only professional builders, but weekend DIYers too. We know our customer needs vary based on where they
live and the type of projects they do, so our job is to provide you with the materials you need. With all our selections and old-fashioned service, we understand that first-timers may need some guidance on how to navigate our lumberyard.
T-Posts: Field Fencing Made Easy
T-post fencing is a practical option for your property to keep your fields, animals, and even garden safe. This fencing is an easy solution for farmers, ranchers, and homeowners as it is quick to install and cost-efficient.
Rebar 101: What You Need to Know
Concrete cracks are one of the most common problems in construction. It's an unavoidable issue everyone has to deal with due to the properties of concrete. Although you can't prevent concrete cracks from occurring...
All About Fence Pickets
Building a new fence on your property can add character as well as security for your home, family, livestock, and pets. Among the many different types of fencing available, fence pickets are a popular option...
Benefits of Western Red Cedar
Though there are many imitators out there with similar names and second-rate qualities, beautiful Western Red Cedar gives you durable, versatile, and sustainable wood. Let's break down the facts...
Everything You Need to Know About OSB and Its Benefits
In the last 20 years, an increasingly popular building material option in the U.S. is “oriented strand board,” better known as OSB. But even though it’s now common to find it in a home’s materials list, many people are unaware
of its exact benefits.
A deck can take your backyard from being a hassle to maintain and turn it into a fun retreat for hosting barbeques and family get-togethers. With an abundance of styles and colors, you can use...
McCoy's Doors & Millwork
McCoy’s Door and Millwork facilities can build the doors you need, whether it’s a single replacement entry door unit to increase curb appeal or all the interior and exterior doors for your entire home. Using state-of-the-art...