Why Pergolas are great additions to your home!

Installing a pergola is a great way to bring your outdoor space into use. Pergolas comes with a lot of homework in terms of style, material, size, etc. which we will discuss. But first; here are some reasons why you should consider a pergola! Building a pergola in your yard enables you to enjoy all […]

Why Consider Cedar For Your Next Garden Bed

If you are looking to build a DIY garden bed, it’s important to consider the material it is made of. Wood comes in a variety of options, but there are particular species known to be rot and insect resistant—perfect for outdoor projects. Cedar, is not only naturally insect and rot resistant, but also more durable […]

Why Poplar?

Our friends at Koetter Woodworking have written an informative (and brief) article that makes a case for using poplar, aka “Tulip Tree” or “Tulip Poplar,” for paint grade moulding. You can read it here. Once you’ve made the decision on your wood type, give us a call or stop in. Congleton Lumber carries a wide […]

Why Shop at a Local Lumber Yard Rather Than a Big Box Store?

When it’s time to acquire wood for your DIY project, you have a few choices. You can head to your local big box store or visit your local lumber yard. Nothing against big box stores -you can get a solid variety of wood at an affordable price. However, if you want a deeper, more personal […]

The Difference Between Cedar Shingles & Cedar Shakes

Cedar is a popular building material due to its long life, durability, warm natural hues, and pleasant aroma. It’s used for roofing as well as siding, decks, furniture, interior walls, and etc. When used outdoors, cedar blends with surrounding landscapes. Over time, cedar loses its color and fades to a silvery gray but it can be restained […]

Upgrade Your Home with Moulding

Installing crown and other types of moulding is an easy upgrade that can give a classy, traditional look to your home and add to its value. A good miter saw, which can make crosscuts at various angles, and some patience make this a feasible do-it-yourself project. Not up on your moulding lingo? Let’s start with the basics: Moulding is […]

Controlling Wood Movement

This month, our blog post covers a subject that is critical to anyone working with wood – the successful installation of millwork and doors, especially as it relates to moisture. This fact sheet should prove helpful. It’s text is below, but here is a PDF version for those who prefer it. Wood Versus Moisture Some of […]

Sierra Pacific Windows

Sierra Pacific Windows is a third-generation family-owned company with 70 years of experience. Starting as a sawmill in Oregon, Sierra Pacific Industries has grown into the top 4 lumber producers in the United States. Sierra Pacific owns 1.9 million acres of timberland and has made a special investment in their quality, which is offered to […]

Why does timber crack or check?

Cracks and checks give cedar so much of its character. They are a big part of what makes cedar completely unique and different from any other timber in the world! Cracks or checks occur when wood shrinks as it dries.  Wood shrinks roughly twice as much along the growth rings as it does across the rings and it […]

Windows -When to Replace When to Repair

Part 2 Double Hung   Comparing the Cost   Most of the new double hung windows sold today use a jamb liner with spring resistance, but there are still a lot of counter weighted windows out there. When assessing repair costs versus replacement it is important to gather as much information as possible. Common Problems […]