Which one would give best support to use for a load-bearing beam?
#2 Prime Kiln Dried Southern Yellow Pine Lumber OR #2 Prime Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Lumber
Any pros and cons?
- oil field trashLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
I would use the kiln dried lumber. You will get less shrinkage or warping from dry lumber. Most pressure treated lumber has a higher moisture content and is not necessary unless it is used for a sill plate or an area that has a very high likelihood of a termite infestations.
- boy boyLv 72 months ago
i would use neither ..unless you are using an engineered beam...either a re-enforced concrete lintol or a steel beam is standard in uk ..for normal timber head to texas ..home of the cowboys
- Spock (rhp)Lv 72 months ago
pressure treated is for outdoor or damp area use. strength is equal
- 2 months ago
if the beam will be outside exposed to the elements than use the pressure treated, if the beam will be indoors than use the other