Radiata Pine, also known as Pinus Radiata or Monterey Pine, is a species of pine tree that is native to California. It has a very limited growing area in the United States and is grown commercially on plantations in warm, temperate climates. This versatile lumber is denser than some of the other hardwoods. It is generally straight-grained with very wide annual growth rings, knots are a common trait of Radiata Pine, however. The heartwood is light brown to yellow, the sapwood white to pale yellow.
The uses for Radiata Pine Lumber are numerous. It can be used for the a wide variety of structural building applications such as structural beams, wall studs, framing, bracing, rafters, joists. It also makes good flooring, veneer, plywood, and both the exterior and interior types of cladding.
Benefits of Using Radiata Pine Lumber
Radiata Pine Lumber works easily with standard tools and responds well to thin and very sharp cutting edges, with little dulling effect. However, it does have a knotty character and the wood grain is shot through with resin canals, which can lead to the premature blunting of saw blades. It does have good nail holding and gluing ability with a strong resistance to nail splitting. It accepts a wide variety of paints, making it a good choice for staining as well. Strength properties are reported to be low in bending and stiffness with moderate crushing strength and shock resistance. Radiata Pine Lumber also contains a high percentage of sapwood, which makes it easy to treat with preservatives.