Plan for Wood Movement in Construction Projects
Learn to anticipate and accomodate shrinking, swelling, twisting, and buckling when working with this ubiquitous building material.
Synopsis: Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and it continues to be used widely for everything from framing to floors to trim. But if you build with wood without a knowledge of how it expands and contracts with changes in relative humidity, you’re going to pay a price: cracks in drywall, gaps in floors, open miters, doors that stick. Fortunately, contributing editor Asa Christiana is an expert guide. In this article, he explains the forces of nature that contribute to wood movement and gives tips for managing moisture changes and seasonal changes.
Despite advances in technology, wood remains an unmatched building material. It’s strength-to-weight ratio is higher than steel’s, yet wood is less expensive in much of the world.
From solid softwoods and hardwoods to “engineered” products such as plywood, MDF, OSB, LVL, and much more, wood is used widely in…