What should you look for to determine the quality of lumber you are thinking about purchasing? Well, you could examine the percentage of heart vs. quarter-sawn wood, wane, warp, twist, cup, bow, crook, knots, checking, shake, white speck, honeycomb, split, decay, lack of precision end-trimming, etc. Everyone’s got a little now and then, but the best mills have the fewest defects in their wood. If the wood you ordered is 100% useable, you will save time putting up your building. And time is money in this industry!
No competitor has better wood dimension, board and panel products than Kaper’s.
Studs: Kaper’s premier studs are mostly a premium hem-fir forest product. These studs are end-stamped with “Kaper’s” on the ends of each stud, and we believe they are the best studs in the USA. We contract for most of these products to assure our readily available supply. Even with spruce studs, we buy only top-drawer products. Overall, Kaper’s studs are without equal.
Spruce Dimensional: Our 2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10 is always #2 and better. These are the top framing lumber grades. We consistently purchase the majority of our spruce dimension products from Finlay, with whom we have contracts in place. Other sources that we use include Canfor, Slocan and other good mills.
Structural Dimensional: Our 2x10 and 2x12 Southern Yellow Pine is all #1 grade, which puts all competing products to shame. Kaper’s has contracts in place with Temple to meet our anticipated needs for the year. This is all #1 product and occasionally SS or DSS. You cannot find better wood; in fact, many pieces are almost clear!
Long Length: We all know “long” is a relative term, but here at Kaper’s we mean it. We stock 2x8 thru 2x12 up to 28’ long, and can quickly special order lengths beyond that if necessary. This product line is Green Douglas Fir from the best mills out there. It is very good-looking bright stock and creates a rafter system to be admired for its beauty and strength.
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