Much of the redwood that is cut today comes from managed, new growth forests, but there are still tremendous amounts of old growth reclaimed redwood available which provide builders with a completely different type of redwood than you can get from new growth. If you want to build with heartwood, the densest part of the redwood, a California lumber yard like The Lumber Baron may be the only place to get what you are looking for.
Redwood: The Coastal Giant
Redwoods are cousins of the majestic sequoias, and grow to majestic heights along the American west coast, from California to Oregon. The towering giants are only found in mountainous terrain like coastal North-Central California, known for moderate winters and dry summers. Most of the old growth forests are long gone, but the best quality of redwood is still available today in the form of reclaimed lumber taken from barns, bridges, and other old buildings, which have been deconstructed in recent years.
Weather, Pest, and Rot Resistant
Redwoods are the outdoor builder’s tree of choice. The lumber contains naturally occurring chemicals which repels water, resists rot, and has an immunity to a variety of insects and other tree pests. The resulting building material has superb strength and a durability unmatched by many popular types of lumber.
5 Grades Available
Redwood is available in 5 popular grades, each one suited for a particular appearance or construction quality. Each grade is described using one or more names. The five grades of redwood are:
- Con Heart or Blue – The most economical variety. May have knots up to 2 ½ inches in diameter.
- Select or Single Green – May contain knots up to 2 inches in diameter, with edge sapwood visible on some pieces.
- Super or Double Green – Maximum knot size is 1 ½ inches, and no more than 2 may be present in a 6-inch piece of lumber of up to 14 feet in length.
- Fascia, CHF, or Red – Knot-free on one side, this grade may contain edge sapwood on some, but not all pieces.
- CAH or Yellow – This is the highest quality of redwood available. This grade is both blemish and knot free on both sides, as well as having no sapwood.
For many builders and homeowners, the strongest and most durable type of redwood is found in reclaimed lumber. These select cuts have been selected from deconstructed buildings along the west coast and across the nation, and may include the original milling marks, bolt holes or other distinguishing characteristics related to their original application. The Lumber Baron is proud to offer reclaimed lumber as an option for green builders and connoisseurs of fine lumber.