How to Properly Store Your Lumber in Seattle

At Stewart Lumber & Hardware Co., we care about providing you with good quality lumber for all your project needs. If you’re buying a large quantity of lumber from us, chances are you aren’t going to use it all in one go. You might have several projects in mind, or have to postpone your current project due to unforeseen circumstances. Whatever the situation, after you purchase your lumber, there are some important steps you can take to keep it in great shape.

Here are a few basic tips for proper storage of your lumber in Seattle.

Lay it flat

This first tip might not be something you think about too often, but whether you store your lumber lying down or standing up can actually make a big difference. The ideal way to store your lumber is lying down, on a flat surface. Lumber can warp if not properly stored, and propping it up or not supporting its entire length can have damaging effects. If you must store it upright—many people find it easier to go through their lumber, and others cite storage space as an issue—keep the surface flat by using a clamp.

Keep it dry

This probably goes without saying, but wet lumber often turns into moldy lumber. For absolutely all of your lumber in Seattle, no matter the type, it is imperative that you store it in a clean, dry area at all times. Look at your storage space to make sure you don’t have any leaks in the ceiling or the foundation where water could get in and grow mold on your wood. Make sure not to set it down in mud, which can also be damp and cause damage.

Stay away from extremes

Wood is sturdy, to be sure, but like any other material you value, it should be treated with care. This means not storing it somewhere that gets very hot (such as the attic) or extremely cold (such as stacked outdoors in severe winter weather). Lumber can split and warp, so try to store it somewhere that will stay at a moderate temperature year round, such as a shed, dry basement or garage.

Keep an eye on your lumber

Once you’ve found a good spot for your lumber, check on it every so often if you don’t plan to use it right away. You might find that a drip has begun overhead, or termites or other insects have found your prized boards and are making a home or meal out of it. Just by looking in on it once in awhile, you can keep your lumber in top shape until it’s ready for use.

Buy through a reputable source

When it comes to buying and storing all your lumber in Seattle, always work with a well-respected company that can give you top customer service and knowledgeable advice on your purchases. Call Stewart Lumber & Hardware Co. anytime for great advice and great products. We’ve been in business since 1926, and look forward to helping you select, use and preserve your lumber.

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