Lumber

Lumber products ~ Parr Lumber

Parr Lumber Company began with a single lumber yard in 1930. This family-owned business created a following built on exceptional customer service and community involvement. Today, Parr still sources the same high-quality wood products, while working to help develop and maintain environmentally sound practices alongside our core suppliers.

Lumber is available both naturally and in a reconstituted, engineered form (EWP). While some builders prefer solid sawn lumber, there are many applications that favor the use of engineered wood products. New technology continues to broaden the range of possibilities, and in many cases engineered wood outperforms natural wood in strength and durability while reducing waste.

Natural Lumber

Natural wood possesses timeless elegance. Whether used as an accent piece in floors and ceilings or in exterior applications, wood creates a warm, inviting look. There are a variety of wood species available for building purposes. Favorites native to the Pacific Northwest include Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Ponderosa Pine and Alder. These are widely specified for their strength and workability in either structural or decorative applications.

An important aspect to consider when using natural wood is whether you want to buy the lumber unseasoned (green) or kiln dried which may impact the performance of wood and project. Green lumber has a higher percentage of moisture content and will shrink as it cures. Dry lumber can be dried in a kiln or in protected conditions outside, depending on the climate. Dry lumber tends to be more dimensionally stable and workable.

Attributes:

  • Many different species, grades and dimensions are available, with varying degrees of strength and density in both green and dried forms to cover any project need
  • Sustainable practices supported by our core suppliers will ensure healthy forests for future generations

Manufacturers include but are not limited to:

  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Hampton Affiliates
  • Seneca
  • Banks Lumber Company
  • Interfor Pacific
  • Simpson Lumber

Engineered Wood Products (EWP)

Strength and versatility have contributed to the growth and acceptance of engineered wood products for many building practices. With a wide range of choices available, both homeowners and contractors can find products that improve the quality and performance of their projects while reducing waste. Engineered wood products can also be formed into curved shapes to produce a wide range of architectural options. Parr provides a full line of building components such as I-joists, glue-laminated beams, roof trusses and open web floor joists. Many of these products are stocked while others may require limited lead times to be delivered to your job site. Let a Parr Sales Associate help you plan and design your next project.

Attributes:

  • Engineered wood products reduce waste
  • Beams are available in a variety of lengths and dimensions to cover just about any span
  • Environmental friendly

Manufacturers include but are not limited to:

  • Weyerhaeuser (Trus Joist)
  • Boise Cascade
  • Louisiana Pacific

Environmental Certification Programs

Environmental responsibility remains a central tenet of Parr's mission. In the interests of developing and maintaining responsible stewardship, Parr only sources wood products from companies that participate in one or more of the commonly accepted environmental certification programs.

Parr Lumber supports manufacturers that have invested in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) management programs. Energy conservation is also an important part of sustainable building practices and Parr Lumber partners with organizations that support LEED Certification and National Green Building Standards.

Parr's philosophy to favor Northwest manufacturers is designed to support and strengthen local communities and encourage investment in small businesses. When you build with Parr materials, you can rest assured that your investment goes to support local community initiatives and charities.

Attributes:

  • Build with peace of mind, knowing many of our products are approved by the National Green Building Standard (NAHB Research Center)
  • Parr wood products offering can contribute points for LEED Certification

More Information

See our lumber section in our Product Selection Guide for more info.