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What is Engineered Wood?

By Steve Bielinski, COO

Wood. It seems simple enough. But what if I told you that much of the lumber we’re using to build homes, including trusses, I-joists and OSB sheathing, is stronger, greener, and more reliable than traditional lumber? Here’s all you need to know about engineered wood products.


Let’s start by discussing what it’s not. Engineered lumber is not dimensional lumber, the type of lumber most people are probably familiar with. Dimensional lumber is a solid piece of wood sawn into certain dimensions. It’s what builders have traditionally used for a long time. Engineered lumber, on the other hand, is manufactured. It is wood fiber that has been formed using adhesives.


One of the problems with dimensional lumber is inconsistency. Natural wood of all grades features defects like knots, insect holes, and bark that can negatively affect the structural integrity of the lumber. By eliminating these inconsistencies, a piece of engineered lumber is stronger than dimensional lumber of a comparable size.

But consistency doesn’t just affect the strength of the lumber. Engineered wood products are also much straighter and warp less after installation due to uniform depth and moisture consistency.

Dimensional lumber also creates waste. Those inconsistencies mentioned above often lead to pieces of dimensional lumber being unusable for building. All in all, engineered wood products use up to 50% less wood fiber than their dimensional counterparts.


If you’re looking for a stronger product that’s better for the environment and creates a more reliable home, then engineered lumber is the right choice. Plus, the engineered wood products Bielinski uses to build homes comes with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on quality and performance.

Looking to get into a solid, environmentally-friendly home? Start by checking out our floor plans.

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