Timbers & Beams
Timber and Beams Building Materials
Timbers and Beams is a general term for building with heavy timbers rather than with lumber cut to dimension. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by wooden pegs. The true frontiersmen way!
One step distribution from Rocky Mountain Forest Products means huge savings on timbers. Timbers are the bread and butter construction material for contractors, landscapers, and home builders alike. But the longing for quality and affordable timbers doesn’t stop there. It’s a material that designers, house flippers, and DIY homeowners also request frequently. And why wouldn’t that be so, since they can be used for such a variety of projects? But as many who look for timbers know, it’s not the demand that is the problem. It’s the supply. Finding exactly what you need, (right length, width, or quantity) can sometimes be difficult. Even when you find it, the materials can be expensive.
We fully believe that there are too many steps to traditional distribution. There are too many steps, too many people, too much transporting of materials from place to place. The one-step distribution approach is much like the wholesale approach, except the materials are open for retail, right to the public, from the beginning. This means absolutely incredible savings for everyone.
The normal distribution: Mill—(to)—-Wholesaler—- (to)—- Lumber yard—- (to)— Contractors & Public.
The one step distribution process: Mill—(to)—Wholesaler—(to)— You.
By cutting out the middlemen the timbers get shipped directly to the wholesaler, where the public can access them directly, and the cost to consumers is greatly reduced. Working directly with mills means that there is full control over what materials are imported. This means that we can order bridge planking, alaskan yellow cedar, or even 18 x 36 beams if we want to. We can order on demand, and source whatever our customers are looking for, to their exact specifications. Our long held, 44 year relationship with mills has led to an unparalleled buying power that should really be taken advantage of. We’re happy to say that many have, and we’ll continue to go above and beyond to get whatever our customers need, no matter how rare or bizarre the order is. Several different grades are available, and we serve the needs of both residential and commercial customers, and we ship anywhere within the U.S.
Timbers and beams are a great way to add beauty and weight to any project. Timbers come in various grades of Douglas Fir, Redwood, Cedar, and Treated options. Timber and Beams are also characteristically larger than 4×6 in dimension, however, we carry anything from 3x8x12 to 8x16x24 either in-stock or quickly available from one of our many reloads.
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Timbers and Beams Options We Offer
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
PSL (Parallel Strand Lumber)
LSL (Laminated Strand Lumber)
OSL (Oriented Strand Lumber)
Southern Yellow Pine Pressure Treated
(ESLP) Engelmann Spruce Lodgepole Pine
Western Red Cedar
Alaskan Yellow Cedar
White Cedar/ Incense Cedar
Port Orford Cedar
Beetle Kill Pine/ Blue Stain Pine
Multiple Variations of Spruce
Exotic Hardwood Beams
MILL DIRECT CUSTOM
Lengths up to 48′
Width and Thickness up to 36′ x 36′
Bridge Planking (ie: T&G 4x)
Finished Textures on Beams
(Smooth, Rough, Hand Hewn, Circle Sawn)
Appearance Grade or Structural Grade
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between Rough Sawn (RS) vs Smooth Sawn (S4S)?
Rough Sawn, RS, means that the timber will be rough on all four sides and measure to the full measurement of the timber. For example, an 8x8x8 will measure approximately 8 inches by 8 inches by 8 feet for a true 8x8x8.
Smooth Sawn, S4S (smooth on four sides), is a timber that has been milled on four sides to provide a smooth surface for the end consumer. Plus, an 8x8x8 timber would be a nominal size of 7 ½ inches by 7 ½ inches compared to the Rough Sawn.
What kind of species can I get for my project?
Douglas Fir is a very popular choice in the Colorado market. Douglas Fir provides exceptional structural strength and clear Douglas Fir timbers are known for a beautiful appearance. Structural timbers will be knotty and graded for structural uses and are available in Rough Sawn or Smooth Sawn.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar Timbers are a highly sought after timber for outdoor projects since Cedar timbers are naturally resistant to rot and decay. Western Red Cedar Timers comes in a clear or knotty appearance grade with the ability to weather to a silver grade appearance in left untreated.
Eastern Hemlock timbers come from trees in New Hampshire and are milled to order. Eastern Hemlock is strong and durable enough for any projects. Hemlock Timbers provide homeowners great value for their projects and provide a unique look compared to Douglas Fir or Western Red Cedar.
What other options do I have for timbers instead of the conventional wood?
There are many options outside of the conventional wood timber that you can choose from; Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), Glued Laminated Timber (Glulams) and Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL).
LVL is most commonly used for support beams in an interior project and is strong, economical choice for a non-appearance grade.
Glulams are best described by taking dimensional boards (2x’s) and stacking and gluing them together to engineer a beam for your projects. While this type of beam is an attractive alternative, we still recommend a traditional Douglas Fir beam over a Glulams.
PSL is a long veneer strands laid in a parallel formation that is bonded together with an adhesive to engineer a beam for consumers. While this type of beams are strong, it must be covered since it is not engineered for appearance or exterior purposes.
If you still have questions and want to learn more, give us a call to learn more about timbers and beams and their alternatives.
In what ways can timbers be used?
Common uses for timbers include:
- Framing a deck
- Landscaping-timber edging
- Retaining wall
- Building a pergola
- Steps- in your home, deck or garden
- Terrace garden
- Exposed beams in your home
- Framing a home