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Cypress Wood Frequently Asked Questions:

Is cypress a hardwood or soft wood?
Can Cypress be used for flooring? 
Is cypress approved for local building codes?
What is the difference between dry and green cypress?
Is cypress resistant to natural decay?
What is the difference between #2 cypress and select cypress?
How many levels of pecky cypress are there?
Can I use cypress for my open deck?
Is cypress a sustainable building product?
Where is cypress grown?
What lengths does your lumber come in?
What is the difference between rough sawn and smooth planed lumber?
How many different types of cypress do we have in the U.S?
How does cypress compare to pine?
Minimum order size?
What is the normal lead-time for cypress order?


Is cypress a hardwood or soft wood? 

Cypress is classified as a softwood and is the last species listed before you roll over into the hardwood category of lumber.

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Can Cypress be used for flooring?

Yes, cypress can be used for flooring, however you would need to apply a hard finish to the flooring and maintain the flooring to prevent marring and gouging.

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Is cypress approved for local building codes?

Cypress can be used for non-structural, decorative, or siding material in most locals. Some building departments my require structural span tables for cypress to be used as structural members.

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What is the difference between dry and green cypress? 

Green cypress is cypress that has been freshly cut and normally has high moisture content. Most beams are supplied in a green air dried state due to the size and density of the wood. When you kiln dry cypress , you normally bring the moisture content down to between 12% -18% depending on the application.

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Is cypress resistant to natural decay? 

Cypress contains cypressene, a naturally occurring preservative that protects the tree from decay and insects.

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What is the difference between #2 cypress and select cypress? 

# 2 or common cypress could have more knots and have somewhat larger knots than select cypress. Select cypress has fewer and smaller knots than #2 or common cypress.

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How many levels of pecky cypress are there? 

Pecky cypress normally, has three levels of appearance light, medium, and heavy, which relates to the amount of pecky that, makes up the appearance of the lumber.

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Can I use cypress for my open deck? 

Yes, cypress is an excellent choice for you cypress decking, it is recommended that you use kiln dried material and that it have a radius edge on the material.

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Is cypress a sustainable building product?


Yes based on the latest information, more cypress is grown than harvested..

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Where is cypress grown?


Cypress in some form is grown from the Atlantic Coastal plains from Delaware down around the Gulf coast into Texas.  Cypress can also be found in the wet swampy areas of the Mississippi Valley areas.

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What lengths does your lumber come in?

Our lumber is sold in random lengths from 6' -16', unless specified at the time of ordering. We also offer lumber and beams in lengths up to 44' in length.

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What is the difference between rough sawn and smooth planed lumber?

Rough lumber refers to the texture of the lumber as it comes directly off the saw blade. Planed lumber can be S1S, surfaced on one side only, S2S, surfaced on 2 sides, S3S surfaced on 3 sides, and S4S surfaced on all four sides of the lumber.

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How many different types of cypress do we have in the U.S?

There is one species grown in the United States, scientific name Taxodium Distichtim, Bald Cypress is the most common name. It is know by other marketing names as red cypress, tidewater cypress, coastal cypress, gulf cypress, pond cypress, white cypress, yellow cypress.

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How does cypress compare to pine?

Cypress grows much slower than pine, which is a faster growing tree in its natural setting. The growth rings in cypress tend to be much tighter, which can improve the energy efficiency of the log compared to other species. Cypress by nature is a very stable and durable wood. Cypress in general is more expensive than pine in normal applications.

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Minimum order size?

We have no minimum order size for regular stocked cypress or southern yellow pine lumber. 

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What is the normal lead-time for cypress order?

Most orders are fulfilled within 2-3 working days; however, this varies based on the specific quantities and size of orders. Large custom order beam can take longer.

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