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Choosing Between Round and Square Pilings: A Guide for Construction Projects

August 17, 2023

When it comes to the world of construction, even seemingly small decisions can have a significant impact on the overall success and longevity of a project. One such decision pertains to the shape of pilings used for foundation support – round or square. While both round and square pilings serve the purpose of stabilizing structures,…

Understanding the Role and Benefits of Structural Timber Trusses in Construction

July 28, 2023

In the realm of modern construction, structural timber trusses have emerged as a fundamental and aesthetic component for creating robust and efficient roof and floor systems. These triangular frameworks, typically made of timber, provide essential support and stability to various structures. In this article, we will delve into the world of timber trusses, exploring their…

Unveiling the Mechanics and Benefits of Pressure Treated Wood

June 13, 2023
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Wood has been a fundamental building material for centuries, but its vulnerability to decay and pests has led to the development of various preservation techniques. One widely used method is pressure treatment, which enhances wood’s durability and extends its lifespan. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of pressure treated wood, exploring how…

Why Vinyl Breaks Down in The Sun (UV) and What an “UV Inhibitor” Actually Means

May 12, 2023
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Vinyl is a versatile and durable material that is used in a wide range of applications, from upholstery and flooring to outdoor furniture and pool liners. In our case, we use it for marine construction via vinyl pilings and vinyl sheet piling for bulkheads.  However, vinyl is not impervious to the elements, and exposure to…

8 Different Types of Treated Wood and Their Applications

May 9, 2023
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Treated wood — and we’re using this as a very general term here — is a popular material in the construction industry because of its durability and resistance to rot, decay, insect damage, and even fire. However, not all treated wood is created equal, and choosing the right type of treated wood for a specific…

10 Most Common Myths About Wood

April 6, 2023
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Wood is a material that has been used for centuries in construction. Despite its widespread use and the rise of mass timber construction, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding wood. In this article, we will explore ten of the most common myths of wood. Myth #1: All wood is the same. This is…

13 of The Tallest Mass Timber Buildings in The World in 2023

March 29, 2023

Within the past of decade, both commercial and residential applications, structures are being constructed utilizing heavy timbers and varied laminated wood techniques.  In addition, these mass timber buildings which utilize wood for construction not only promote sustainable forests, but also reduces the carbon footprint by storing it. Down below are the top 13 of the…

Tracheid Separation in Wood Pilings

February 22, 2023
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Tracheid separation in wood pilings – often called “horsehair rot” or “salt kill” — is a common issue that can occur in wood pilings installed in or next to saltwater. You might have seen pilings on a dock or pier in the ocean that look “fuzzy” or like “hair” is peeling off of them.  Tracheid…

5 Reasons Wood is a Better Building Material Than Steel

January 26, 2023
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Wood has been a popular building material for centuries and for good reason. While steel is a strong and durable material, it may not always be the best choice for construction. Here are a few reasons why wood is a better building material than steel: Sustainability: Wood is a renewable resource and is much more…

4 Impressive Mass Timber Structures in the United States

January 25, 2023

Did you know that many new high rises and structures are being constructed from wood?  Down below we have gathered four mass timber structures in the United States. 4. T3 Building Via Minneapolis, Minnesota: The T3 building is a seven-story, 222,000-square-foot office building made entirely of mass timber. It is the largest modern mass…

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American Pole & Timber Upgrades to CNG-Powered Truck Fleet

Houston Lumber Company, American Pole & Timber, replaced their fleet of diesel-powered tractor/trailer trucks with four new cleaner-burning Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered trucks.  Read press release

Hurricane Ike Rebuild

American Pole & Timber, located in Houston, was on-the-ready to ship materials to hurricane-destroyed areas for fast rebuild and recovery. Read press release

Hurricane Proof Structures

Harborwalk Yacht Club in Galveston reopened quickly after Hurricane Ike with only minimal damage to it bulkheads and other structures — an excellent testament to the fact that when you combine intelligent design and proper construction techniques with quality materials your projects will be stable and long-lasting. Read press release

Renewable Energy Making Green Steps at TX Wind Farm

American Pole & Timber delivered a long-lasting and environmentally-friendly solution to Renewable Energy for a wind farm in south Texas. The used polymer coated treated timbers as the first step of the stairs leading to the door at the base of each wind tower. Read press release

Houston Yacht Club Rebuild

American Pole & Timber was chosen as the primary building materials supplier for the rebuild of the docks and boat slips at the Houston Yacht Club after it was nearly decimated during Hurricane Ike’s massive storm surge. Read press release

GeoDeck Selected for LEED Platinum Home

GeoDeck decking from American Pole & Timber was selected as the deck material for the home that may become the first home in Houston to achieve LEED’s Platinum certification. Read press release

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