KD- Kiln Dried
Kiln Dried lumber is placed in a heated chamber or “shed” to reduce its moisture content to a specified range or average under controlled conditions. Drying the lumber in a controlled environment is important, as it allows the lumber to contract without warping. This type of lumber is ideal for a wide range of woodworking tasks.
PT- Pressure Treated
Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. Wood is placed inside a closed cylinder, then vacuum and pressure are applied to force the preservatives into the wood. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites, other insects, and fungal decay.
Waterborne, Creosote, and Oil-borne (penta) are the three broad classes of preservatives typically used when pressure-treating wood. Wood treated with waterborne preservatives is typically used in residential, commercial and industrial building structures. Creosote is primarily used for treating railroad ties, guardrail posts, and timbers used in marine structures. Oil-borne (penta) is most often used for treating utility poles and cross arms. We have Pressure Treated wood in all sizes, specifically for your project.
Fire Retardant Treated Wood has proven it’s effectiveness in slowing the spread of flames and reducing smoke in the unfortunate event of a fire; for both interior and exterior applications. Fire Treated Wood combines the flexibility and environmental advantages of wood with reliable fire protection.
Belletetes sells and distributes responsibly harvested lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (FSC-C003978). Using FSC® certified lumber is key for builders seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their project as required of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Other buyers choose FSC® material simply out of a desire to be eco-conscious.
Forestry companies certified by the FSC® must fulfill a list of requirements which include compliance with local laws, respecting the rights of workers and indigenous peoples, reducing the environmental impact of logging activity, and identifying and managing areas which require special protection. As a certified distributor, we are audited annually to show compliance with FSC® rules. When shipped from within 500 miles of the end user, projects earn more LEED certification credits. Ask us more about FSC® Lumber and about becoming more Eco-Friendly!
Engineered wood, is also known as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board; includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding the strands, particles, fibers, or veneers of wood, together with adhesives, to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction to commercial buildings to industrial products. The products can be used for joists and beams that replace steel in many building projects.
Because engineered wood is man-made, it can be designed to meet application-specific performance requirements. Engineered wood products are versatile and available in a wide variety of thicknesses, sizes, grades, and exposure durability classifications, making the products ideal for use in unlimited construction, industrial and home project application. Engineered wood products are designed and manufactured to maximize the natural strength and stiffness characteristics of wood. The products are very stable and some offer greater structural strength than typical wood building materials.