Plywood comes in different types and grades to accommodate its many uses. Understanding the differences between plywood types ensures that projects are built with materials that meet or exceed the required design values or aesthetic desires. Let’s look at what we mean by exterior plywood grades and their unique qualities. What is Exterior Plywood? Contrary […]
What is Construction Grade Lumber?
Construction is a complex process that requires high-quality materials, not only for compliance reasons but to keep occupants safe. When designing a new structure or renovating an existing one, architects and engineers identify the materials that meet both the aesthetic and structural qualities that realize their vision and endure over time from a reputable lumber […]
Is Fire Retardant Treated Wood Non-Combustible?
No, but… fire is a risk to all buildings. No building can escape the threat of damage caused by flames and high heat, but the right building materials can make all the difference in reducing smoke, containing flames and minimizing harm in the event of fire. Which is why building codes include requirements for non-combustible […]
Fire Retardant Treated Wood: Coated or Pressure-Impregnated?
When architects design a building, some of the most common sticking points include how rooms should be laid out, where windows will be placed and numerous aesthetic choices. As building codes increasingly call for inclusion of fire retardant materials in commercial and multi-family housing construction, designers and builders must also correctly identify and choose the […]
Pressure Treated Vs. Coated Fire Retardant Wood
Buildings can be made from a wide range of materials, but almost all will include at least some wood. Whether for decoration or as part of the internal structure, wood is a ubiquitous building material. Wood is also flammable, which means that the wood chosen as part of a construction project could mean the difference […]
Non Combustible Building Materials
When people choose the material they want their building to be constructed with, they most commonly think about a combination of aesthetics, cost, and function to make that decision. However, what rarely crosses their mind is how the structure would handle a fire. Materials like wood are more susceptible to catching fire, unlike something made […]