Lumber & Building Materials

At Northern Building Supply, we understand the importance of having access to top-quality materials for your construction projects, whether it’s for your home, multi-family project, or commercial building. With our commitment to excellence, we strive to make your experience hassle-free by offering a wide inventory and an extensive selection of the most advanced building materials available.

• Vast Inventory: We boast a comprehensive inventory that caters to various construction needs, ensuring that you can find the right materials for your specific project.

• Extensive Selection: Our range of building materials is carefully curated to meet all your requirements, from lumber to specialized products, giving you the freedom to choose what suits your project best.

• Personalized Assistance: Our team of professionals is dedicated to providing you with expert advice and guidance, ensuring that you have the necessary support throughout your construction journey.

You can trust that we have everything you need to complete your project. Our commitment to delivering high-quality materials, coupled with our vast inventory, extensive selection, and personalized assistance, sets us apart as your reliable partner in the construction industry.

Featured Brand

Engineered Roof, Wall & Floor Systems by

Huber Engineered Woods

Huber Engineered Woods offers high-performance products engineered for roof, wall and flooring applications.
You can count on industry-leading, innovative solutions for a better build, every time.

TOP BRANDS WE CARRY

Below are a few of the lumber & building material brands that we offer at Northern Building Supply.
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Popular Types of Lumber

Different projects require different types of lumber. At Northern Building Supply, you can trust us to guide you toward the correct one.
Our collection includes dimensional lumber, wall panels, and engineered wood products — all in various wood types and grades. 

 

DIMENSIONAL LUMBER

Dimensional lumber refers to lumber that is cut to standardized dimensions, such as 2×4, 2×6, or 4×4. These measurements represent the nominal size of the lumber before it is planed and smoothed. For example, a 2×4 actually measures 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The most common types are made from softwoods like pine, spruce, or fir. Dimensional lumber is an ideal choice for small to mid-sized construction or remodeling projects where cost-effectiveness & ease of use are important factors. From framing to structural support, this versatile material is a cornerstone of many projects.

SPF LUMBER

SPF lumber, which stands for Spruce, Pine, and Fir, is a collective term used to describe lumber that is sourced from these three types of trees. Known for their strength and versatility, spruce, pine, and fir are commonly found in North America, making SPF lumber readily available and cost-effective. SPF lumber presents a host of advantages that make it a top choice for builders and homeowners alike. Its strength, durability, consistency, dimensional stability, workability, and versatility make SPF lumber a reliable building material. 

EWP

EWP lumber is a type of engineered wood that is manufactured by binding together strands, particles, or fibers of wood with adhesives to create a strong, durable material. Unlike traditional lumber, EWP is designed to overcome the natural limitations of wood, making it an excellent choice for various construction applications. One of the key advantages of EWP lumber is its exceptional strength & stability. Due to its engineered composition, EWP offers consistent performance & is less prone to warping, twisting, or splitting compared to traditional lumber.

 

LAMINATED VENEER LUMBER

LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) is a type of engineered wood product that consists of multiple layers of thin wood veneers glued together. This manufacturing process gives LVL lumber exceptional strength, stability and consistency. Unlike traditional solid lumber, LVL is not susceptible to knots, warping, or splitting. It can be used for load-bearing purposes, such as beams, headers and columns, where its high strength-to-weight ratio provides excellent structural support. LVL is dimensionally stable, reducing the risk of shrinkage or expansion, which is crucial when building large structures.

AC PLYWOOD

AC plywood is made from multiple layers of thin wood veneers that are glued together with strong adhesives to create a durable & strong piece of plywood. These layers are arranged in a cross-grain pattern to enhance its strength. The manufacturing process involves sanding of the face veneer to achieve a smooth & flawless surface, making it a grade “A”. The other side of the board is not finished, which is considered grade “C”. An advantage of AC plywood is its superior appearance. The smooth face veneer allows for a polished finish, making it the go-to choice for visible surfaces such as cabinetry, furniture & interior paneling.

CDX PLYWOOD

CDX plywood boasts several features and benefits that make it an excellent choice for various projects. Composed of layers of wood veneers, CDX plywood is known for its durability, strength and moisture resistance, making it suitable for both interior and exterior applications. Moreover, its smooth surface facilitates easy painting, staining, or finishing, enabling users to achieve desired aesthetics effortlessly. CDX plywood is also cost-effective compared to other options.  Its versatility extends to a range of uses, including sheathing, roofing, flooring, and general construction, making it a favored material.

HARDWOOD PLYWOOD

Hardwood plywood offers premium quality with its durable hardwood veneers bonded together, ensuring strength, stability, and resistance to warping. Its flawless surface enables versatile finishing options and is perfect for woodworking, cabinetry, as well as furniture and millwork making. Hardwood plywood is suitable for a wide range of finishing techniques, including painting, staining, and veneering. It also allows for intricate designs and detailed craftsmanship. It’s also a great option for outdoor projects too. Despite its higher cost, it’s a worthwhile investment for those seeking impeccable results. 

UNDERLAYMENT

Underlayment refers to a layer of material that is installed between the subfloor & the finished flooring surface. Its primary function is to provide stability, support and moisture protection. Materials for underlayment can range from plywood to OSB to cement boards or specialized membranes. Underlayment plays a crucial role in the construction process by smoothing out imperfections, such as uneven subfloors and minor irregularities, to provide a level surface for the finished floor. It also acts as a barrier against moisture, preventing it from seeping into the flooring material and causing damage over time.

OSB

OSB, or Oriented Strand Board, is a type of engineered wood panel made by compressing layers of wood strands with adhesive resins. It is commonly used as a substitute for plywood due to its affordability and strength. OSB comes in various grades, with different thicknesses and finishes, and is commonly used for framing, walls and flooring applications. Because it is dimensionally stable and resistance to moisture, OSB is also a reliable choice for exterior sheathing. It can be easily cut, shaped, and installed, allowing for efficient and precise construction.

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