You probably do make a better door than a window, but J. Gibson McIlvain (website) makes it our business to supply manufacturers with lumber products so they can make both good doors and good windows. Because their industry requires products that will withstand harsh weather and heavy use, within spaces with little tolerance for movement, stability is a must.
Both solid wood products and plywood panels used for windows, doors, and casings must either have little movement or have a predictable amount of movement throughout annual weather variations. Even interior doors require such high standards, because modern heating and cooling change the moisture content in the air. This kind of stability means that door and window manufacturers buy their lumber products from only those suppliers that will meet their high standards.
J. Gibson McIlvain is pleased to offer both solid wood lumber and hardwood plywood that meets the high standards of the door and window manufacturers. We can do this because we’re lumber experts. With more than 200 years of experience in understanding wood, its stability, and proper drying techniques, we’re well-equipped to provide the precise cuts of lumber needed for the job.
One way that wood movement can be controlled is through the use of manufactured wood products such as plywood and veneer. These components can become make-it-or-break-it elements, and low-quality products in these categories abound. When you go with a trusted supplier like J. Gibson McIlvain, you can purchase your plywood along with your solid wood products, while being assured that the highest quality standards are consistently followed.
As shipments arrive at our lumber yard, our staff separates the various sawing patterns. We understand the stability concerns that accompany varying grain patterns such as rift sawn, flat sawn, and quarter sawn and can advise our customers according to their applications.
For interior applications, we’re proud to recommend and carry a wide variety of properly dried wood species. For exterior applications, we highly recommend species such as African Mahogany, Genuine Mahogany, Sapele, Spanish Cedar, Teak, and Utile. Depending on the intended use and desired look of your door or window, we can help you select the premium choice for your particular project.
Most of the time, our door and window customers give us very specific orders in keeping with the strict tolerances that they face. As we assess our inventory and handpick lumber for specified orders, we determine pricing, so that when you call with your order, we have it ready and waiting for shipment.
When you come visit J. Gibson McIlvain or call to discuss your door or window product order, you’ll want to be sure to specify your project so we can connect you with our experts in that area. We’ll be happy to discuss our quality control process with you, as well as ways to achieve optimal pricing. For any and all your hardwood, softwood, millwork, and hardwood plywood needs, J. Gibson McIlvain will go above and beyond to make sure our customers receive the best lumber possible.