What to Ask Your Tim­ber Provider

Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

Jeff and Stephanie Bowes of Cana­dian Timberframes share three topics to ad­dress be­fore choos­ing a tim­ber provider.

TIM­BERS & TIM­ING

“Many com­pa­nies will wait to source lum­ber un­til af­ter the con­tract is signed — a choice that can af­fect your overall con­struc­tion time­line. This ap­proach also can im­pact the type of lum­ber avail­able. If you know you want a home that will in­cor­po­rate some large tim­ber mem­bers, you’ll need to know the largest piece of tim­ber each com­pany can man­u­fac­ture be­fore sign­ing on the dot­ted line. Also make sure those ex­tralarge tim­bers won’t come with an added charge.”

TIM­BER FIN­ISHES

“When you’re col­lect­ing quotes from com­pa­nies, ask about the fin­ish op­tions for your tim­bers. With a fac­tory fin­ish, the stain­ing is done ahead of time and all the com­po­nents come ready to in­stall. Ask if your frame will arrive pre-stained or if it will need to be done on­site. Ei­ther way, this ex­pense should be in­cluded in the fi­nal quote from the com­pany. Keep in mind that stain­ing on­site will add time to con­struc­tion.”

REN­DER­ING CA­PA­BIL­I­TIES

“You should have a full un­der­stand­ing of what each com­pany has to of­fer, from the con­struc­tion elements to the de­sign process. There are a lot of things that go into a house other than the tim­ber frame, so un­der­stand­ing a com­pany’s full range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties is im­por­tant.”

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