John’s Lumber began in 1947, and Lumber has been a part of our being from the very start. In Metro Detroit, John’s has supplied the material to build thousands and thousands of homes, garages and businesses. Maybe even yours!
Customers have driven out of their way to buy lumber at John’s because they can count on superior products, sold by people who know what they are talking about.
Buying lumber from a real lumber yard has many advantages. Loading lumber on a cart and pushing it through a checkout lane isn’t how lumber should be purchased. Picking through the last persons rejects doesn’t make much sense either! John’s Lumber offers the customer service you deserve.
Need a single piece for a special project? Pick it out. Need a bunch? We deliver.
John’s Lumber stocks the superior material your job deserves. There’s a reason people choose a local lumber yard over the big box stores, and that’s knowledge and superior product. You don’t stay in business that long without offering great products at a great price, with customer service that can’t be beat. Friendly staff, expert knowledge on all kinds of projects, and the best lumber around, we do our best to stand out, and you’re sure to see the difference as soon as you walk in the door.
High-performance LP® SolidStart® I-Joists are stronger pound for pound, straighter and more reliable than traditional lumber, with reduced moisture content for floors with fewer pops and squeaks. LP® SolidStart® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) has consistent dimensions and density and is stronger and straighter than traditional lumber. Pound-for- pound, LP SolidStart LVL has more load-carrying capacity than common grades of sawn lumber, making it ideal for beams, headers and other primary load carrying members. When utilizing structural products like I-joists and LVL’s, connecting them together is very important. John’s Lumber stocks a variety of Simpson Strong-tie Connectors covering the common usage in our area.
Things to consider when buying Lumber:
Softwood vs Hardwood: Softwood is abundant, cheaper, and easier to access than hardwood, and comes from trees like pine, spruce, and cedar. Softwood is most commonly used in framing for a house or deck, rather than on the exterior, where moisture and damage can occur more easily.
Hardwood on the other hand is more expensive, less common, and far more durable than softwood, as it grows much slower. Hardwood comes from trees that lose their leaves, like oak, maple, and walnut, and is much stronger and more resistant to moisture. Hardwood is most commonly used in things like cabinetry, flooring, and decking. Most woodworking projects are done with hardwood
Pressure Treated Lumber: Due to the fact that softwoods are susceptible to moisture and rotting, any softwood that will be exposed to the elements is usually pressure treated with a chemical that is meant to preserve the wood. Pressure treated wood is most commonly used in things like picnic tables, mailbox posts, and decks.
Because softwoods are susceptible to rotting from water and fungus, softwood lumber that will be exposed to the elements is often pressure treated with a chemical that preserves the wood. Things like decks, light posts, swing sets, mailbox posts, picnic tables, etc., are often made from pressure-treated lumber.
Common Defects: While we do our best to provide the best lumber possible, defects still happen, and are unavoidable due to the way the tree may have grown, or how it was machined. The most common defects in structural lumber are bows, splits and knots. Bows are when the wood warps on the end of the board, and continues all the way down. Splits are cracks in the wood that are usually at the end of the board and easily noticed. Knots are naturally forming spots on a piece of wood, and are usually not a problem. Don’t hesitate to mention a defect in your lumber, we will take it back and get you a new one with no problems.