What Dealers Should Know About Selling Open-Joint Cladding Systems

Open-Joint cladding systems are growing in popularity—but they require a slightly different approach to the walls behind them.

How to Select & Specify Cross-Laminated Timber

Cross Laminated Timer (CLT) is a prefabricated, solid engineered mass timber panel. CLT is manufactured with kiln-dried lumber boards or structural composite lumber (SCL) laminated in alternating directions and bonded with structural adhesives to form a solid, straight, rectangular panel.

WFP Rolls Out New Product Brands

Western Forest Products, Vancouver, B.C., is launching a new strategy of marketing WFP-branded products, making it easier for end-users to specify and purchase the products through their distribution partners. The rollout, covering all of WFP’s finished products, includes WFP Truestyle decking, paneling, trim & fascia, soffits and siding; and WFP Coast Timbers.

Decking Preferences Vary by Region

As families continue to invest in their outdoor living spaces, we see several trends emerging from different regions throughout North America. Across our network of dealers and Wolf PRO contractors, we looked at what’s trending this season.

Interest in Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood Heats Up

The record wildfires of 2020 have sparked significant interest in fire-retardant-treated wood products. Visits to the FireResistantWood.org website nearly doubled last year, as people turned to the web to find out more about fire retardants. The website is maintained by Western Wood Preservers Institute (WWPI), which represents treaters in the West who produced fire-retardant-treated wood.

Termite Infestation Is Increasing, Protection Is Improving

During the early 1970s in suburban Chicago, homeowners were introduced to Wolmanized pressure treated wood during a test market to see if do-it-yourselfers would be interested in building their own decks. Thus began the outdoor living revolution.

Raise Your Margins with Value-Added Treated Wood

All pressure treated lumber is not equal. Beyond preservative type and retention level, wood preserving companies are increasingly adding “extras” to their treatments to make their products more durable and more attractive.

200 Years of Redwood

Archeology tells us that the human species made use of wood even prior to homo sapiens. The oldest recorded wood tool is a spear made of yew dating back 400,000 years. Our use of wood has dramatically expanded despite mankind’s transition to urban existence.

Southern Cypress Putting in Work in Home Offices

Say what you will about the ongoing pandemic, but valuable lessons have been learned. First, the wood industry is essential business. Second, working from home is no longer a pipe dream for many in the American workforce.

Don’t Forget Fencing: Stocking Strategies for Growing Profit Margins

Against the backdrop of today’s fickle economic landscape, one thing holds true: Americans are spending more time and money than ever before commissioning building professionals to create design-centric outdoor living spaces.