What Is Radiata Pine Lumber?
Radiata Pine Lumber, also known as Pinus Radiata or Monterey Pine, is a species of pine native to California. It has a very limited growing area in the United States and is grown commercially on plantations in warm and temperate climates. This versatile lumber is denser than several other hardwood species. It is generally straight grained with very wide annual growth rings; however, knots are common. 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 following functions: structural beams, studs, framing, bracing and foundation, rafters, joints, flooring, veneer and plywood,and exterior and interior 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 resin canals, which can lead to premature blunting of cutters. 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, providing a protection to hazard level 6.