Steve Maxwell: Wood beams stronger than old-growth trees offer great construction versatility

I often coach homeowners through building projects to help them achieve a better renovation or new home. I always mention engineered lumber. It’s gaining in popularity because it’s straighter, stronger and simpler to use than lumber sawn directly from trees.

Engineered lumber is made from wood chips and strands of wood that are bonded into floor joists, beams, studs, trusses and other parts. As the size and quality of saw logs declines, engineered lumber means straighter, more predictable lumber, but there are other advantages, too. Engineered building materials span farther, they support wider structures and they take pipes and wires more easily than sawn lumber.

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