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MAY 22, 2022
            We don’t just have it in our name. It’s in our veins.
That’s right, Pacific American Lumber has been “lumbering around” for the last 30 years and while the company has grown in many different directions, the lumber division is still a major component of the company’s success.
What started out as a small selection of domes- tic hardwoods like red oak, white oak and maple has grown to a selection of 30 different soft and hard- woods from around the globe.
Of course, a lot of people would just say what’s the big deal — it’s wood. We don’t see it that way. We see it as an important part of the whole construction process that requires an understanding of best prod- ucts and best practices from the forest to the front door.
We don’t deal in structur- al lumber components. We specialize in finish lumber applications, and the fol- lowing are a few things to consider for your next project.
Remember that wood is a renewable resource and recyclable and is a great
construction material from an environmental perspec- tive. Wherever possible, use wood first.
Make sure your lumber products are harvested and supplied by companies that are practicing environ- mentally and culturally safe methods whether material is coming from Kentucky or Kenya. At PAL, we are constantly keeping an eye on and dealing with compa- nies we feel are in line with those practices.
On a more practical note, make sure all your wood products are properly kiln- dried. Finish lumber prod- ucts that are not dried or not dried correctly can lead to disasters down the road.
Understand that when exposed to sunlight, light woods will darken and dark woods will lighten. This can be an important decision from an aesthetic
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standpoint over the life of the project.
Make sure your wood se- lection is applicable for the use intended. Even though you may want to use a “hardwood,” it isn’t always the best choice. There are
plenty of applications where a softwood like cedar makes more sense.
Finally, just because it’s lumber doesn’t mean it can’t be high-tech. The industry is evolving and there are new lumber products out there
that are revolutionizing how we think about wood. One product distributed by PAL is Accoya. It offers a 50-year warranty against dry rot and decay and is impervious to termites. Do your home- work — it will pay off.

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