Have you ever heard the term “green lumber” used when it comes to building materials? Depending on the climate where you live, it might be commonly used in construction or not. Why is that? Because green lumber has some shortcomings that are worsened in an area where it is cooler.

Green lumber is the term for wood that has been allowed to dry out naturally instead of in a kiln. Because of this, the moisture content of green lumber is much higher than in other types of lumber. This is much cheaper, which makes green lumber an attractive alternative, but if you were to install it in your home, there could be issues further down the road. When green lumber dries out over time, seams that were tight at one time can widen and crack. Nails might pop through drywall as the lumber they are attached to starts moving. The high moisture content can also lead to other issues, such as mold.

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