Practical Lumber Buying Tips Which You Can Use
When it comes to choosing a lumber distributor for your next project, we believe it simply comes down to three things: knowledge, sustainability practices, and quality control measures.
You should feel extremely comfortable calling up your lumber distributor and asking them multitudes of questions. Their representative should know a LOT about wood and should be able to answer any question you have about specific species to choose from, the desired end product, the weather suitability of the installed product, care, maintenance, and price.
If you simply call up and order 1,000 board feet of a product, and the lumber representative doesn’t question what you are planning to use it for, chances are they don’t necessarily care if you will be happy with what you get.
Instead, when they start asking you questions and you start asking them questions, you may find another alternative product that could be more cost-effective or even more practical for your particular project. You may find that the wood species you initially thought you wanted may not work well in the climate you are working with.
Your lumber representative should take the care and time to answer any and all questions. If they are not sure of the answer, they should be more than willing to research and get back to you. Wood is their business, so they should be highly knowledgeable and rather forthcoming with that knowledge to their customers. If not, chances are you should start looking for another lumber distributor who has your best interests in mind.
Your lumber distributor should be able to tell you the entire process from forest to mill to their lumber yard to your front door. The distributor should have exotic lumber buyers and representatives that travel to overseas mills and forests, and the distributor should be able to ensure that lumber is being harvested in a sustainable and ethical manner, ensuring product for generations to come.
FSC Certifications, as well as the US Lacey Act, should be of extreme importance and taken into consideration in all lumber processes. If your supplier can’t necessarily tell you anything about their sellers and mills overseas, chances are you should keep looking for someone who has sent a representative right into the mill and who has explored how that piece of lumber you are going to use has been harvested.
Quality Control Measures
Because customer satisfaction is so important, your lumber supplier should have some type of quality control measures and standards in place to ensure every board foot that leaves their lumberyard is exactly the quality the customer requested and deserves.
If your supplier can’t tell you about the process they use to ensure quality control, chances are you need to keep looking. Simply saying they looked over a board is not enough. You, as a customer, deserve a specific process that has been tried and tested over the years. A reputable lumber dealer will gladly detail the exact steps their company takes to make certain the final sellable boards meet desired specifications.
J. Gibson McIlvain Lumber Company
J. Gibson McIlvain Company has representatives that are extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of wood. Wood is our business, and our employees pride themselves on continually researching multiple aspects of the industry. This is an industry we have been in since 1798, and we plan to continue for generations to come. Staying up to date on industry happenings is of utmost importance.
Furthermore, J. Gibson McIlvain Company takes FSC standards and sustainability with extreme importance. If we feel a particular wood is not being harvested sustainably (such as ebony), we will not buy from that mill or harvester; instead, we will find alternatives for our customers.
Perhaps the final and most important aspect of J. Gibson McIlvain Company is the quality control process. Our representatives visit the mills around the world where the wood is being harvested, and they inspect the wood onsite. The product is again inspected at delivery to the lumber yard; before, after and during drying; after an order is placed; and finally, before shipping. This multi-level inspection process ensures that only the highest quality pieces reach our customers.
Don’t trust just any lumber supplier for your next project. Find one that is knowledgeable, takes sustainability into consideration, and ensures customer satisfaction by a tested quality control process. Choose J. Gibson McIlvain Company.