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The Characteristics of Walnut

As a new contributor to our blog, Andy will highlight a specific hardwood and speak to its characteristics. Up first: Walnut! Walnut is commonly called black walnut. This American hardwood is widely available in a variety of sizes. Lengths generally do not exceed 12’. The more desirable boards come from the heartwood with a familiar darker brown color as opposed to the lighter yellowish tan of the sapwood. It is on the higher end price wise for a domestic wood (it’s still a great value when comparing to imported and exotic hardwoods); however, everyone appreciates walnut’s easy workability, versatility and [...]

Taking Stock

Our Taking Stock section is filled with new information on the products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! Higher Quality 4x4 Posts In Douglas Fir, Front Range Lumber consistently carries in 8, 10 and 12’ lengths a higher quality 4x4 post. Virtually all uses for a 4x4 are not only structural in nature, but also its placement, means it is exposed to open view. Therefore, everyone desires a good looking post! This quality provides exactly that appearance. Stop chasing for a good timber, prevent call-backs, avoid the extra work [...]

Construction Loan Advice

What to consider before you get a construction loan. We used a construction loan to assist us through the construction of our 2nd lumber yard in Fort Lupton. Here’s a few construction loan tips we learned from the process: Get bills from contractors and suppliers as soon as possible, even partials and use this information to help stay on budget. Track these expenses compared to your planned numbers so you know if/when you can splurge on anything extra - or cut back. Putting off the inevitable won’t change the outcome – make decisions as soon as possible. Do it right [...]

Product News

At Front Range Lumber, we like to keep our customers informed about the building industry products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! Redwood Meets/Exceeds Requirements Jefferson County, in particular, is upgrading their codes to limit uses of building materials in locations over 6000 feet in elevation. Specifically, only non-combustible materials will be allowed on the exterior of all buildings. Tests have shown that REDWOOD may very well meet/exceed the requirements, thereby allowing you to enjoy a wood deck. Check with both your governing jurisdiction, builder and supplier to verify. [...]

Common Lumber Terms

Here are a few common lumber terms you might find useful. Front Range Lumber and the industry use these words every day: WANE – A round edge on a board where the edge of the trunk was. Said differently: the mill pushed and tried to get a 2x6 where really only a good 2x4 should have been cut. SURFACED – Smoothened by planers or other machinery to obtain a smooth finished surface. GREEN – Lumber that has not been seasoned or dried. RANDOM WIDTH (OR RANDOM LENGTHS) – The mill cut to just whatever the maximum length (or width) they [...]

2019-10-09T17:44:25+00:00Lumber, Wood|

How To Apply Penofin Stain

Front Range Lumber is one of the largest Penofin stain dealers in the Denver metro area. Penofin exterior wood finishes, wood stains, and wood care products set the bar for quality, durability, and ease of maintenance among discerning consumers, craftsmen, and professionals. We stock both the blue and red series of Penofin. The red label series continues to gain in popularity with its single coat application! Consumer Reports lists Penofin Red Label as one of the best options in the market. We also stock a selection of the Verde series, a water-based stain for all the same applications as the original [...]

2019-10-09T17:45:07+00:00Decking, Decks, DIY|

31 Handy Tips For Entrance and Interior Doors

Save yourself time and money! Read our useful tips and advice on entrance doors and interior doors. Your headquarters for entrance and interior doors, plus 31 useful tips and advice: When switching doors, think about also switching the way in which the new door could swing – in some cases, a different swing direction may work better for you based on how you use the room, furniture placement and so on. Think about using a full or half louvre style door in places to get better air circulation – minimize hot or cool spots. For example, on a utility room [...]

Your Guide To Pressure Treated Lumber

What is pressure treated lumber? Pressure treated (PT) lumber is wood that has been infused with chemical preservatives to protect the wood from rot and insects. The wood is placed in a depressurized holding tank that removes the air and replaces it with a preservative. This process is the best way to avoid harmful rot and insects but does not prevent weathering and corrosion. When working with treated lumber, we suggest you wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask (NIOSH N95) when handling wood. Due to preservatives in pressure treated wood, it should never be burned. Sawdust and scraps [...]

Winter Maintenance For Your Home

Keep your home winterized with these 7 tips. Don’t let your pipes freeze. Insulate pipes, at least those by windows and doors, and in unheated areas of the home. Disconnect your hose from the outside hose bib (outside faucet). Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius) when you're away. Be aware of ice dams forming. Ice dams form because the edges of your roof are colder than the upper regions (where more insulation is below), causing ice to form around the eaves. Remove snow as quickly as possible after storms (or hire someone to do [...]

Accent Wall In a Box 

Accent Wall In a Box - Modern Rustic, Reclaimed Inspired, Barn Wood. Using quality pine boards from Gorman, Accent Wall in a Box provides an easy-to-install modern, rustic barn wood look.  Accent walls are a perfect adaptable and inexpensive way to perk up any dull space in your home. Accent walls are an inexpensive way to break up a large room, emphasize an architectural feature, or liven’ up a wall. It’s the wall you notice first when you enter a room – due to its distinct color, texture or other eye-catching detail. An accent wall draws the eye to it [...]