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Lumber made from British Columbia (B.C.) wood species is produced for either the structural or appearance market. In the appearance market, the durability, grain, colour and amount of clear lumber is important. For the structural market, lumber grades are applied to each piece of lumber produced so that the buyer knows that he is getting a product consistently graded to a standard.

Grades take into account the size and location of defects, as well as the suitability of the piece of lumber for the end use for which it is intended. The intent of the grading system is to provide lumber users with assurance that products meet a set criteria and performance standards.

Lumber that is used for appearance purposes or for remanufacture to other product such as doors or furniture can also be sold without a grade stamp.

Structural lumber is dried to an average moisture content of 19%, and comes In highly standardized sizes. Lumber that is intended for non-structural uses such as doors, furniture, millwork, etc. may be dried to lower moisture contents (around 10%) or left unseasoned depending on the customer’s requirements.

The coastal forests of B.C. where Western Hemlock, Douglas-fir, Western Red Cedar and Yellow-Cedar are grown offer more opportunities for a wider variety of lumber sizes, final moisture content and surface quality finishes. In addition, the lumber produced from this coastal region has a wider variety of grades, including both structural and appearance grades.