T & G Paneling
Homestead Timbers is the Nation’s Premier Supplier of Specialty lumber. Tongue and Groove Paneling, a.k.a. T & G, Knotty pine, Knotty pine ceiling, etc., Our tongue and groove paneling is one of our best sellers… and for good reason. We stock several popular species, White Pine, Inland Red Cedar, Aspen, and Northern White Cedar. Each species has its own unique characteristics which we will describe below.
Pinus strobus, commonly known as the eastern white pine, white pine, northern white pine, Weymouth pine, and soft pine is a large pine native to eastern North America White Pine is primarily grown and harvested in the majority of the NE united states.. It’s a favorite because of its soft warm, glow that it gives off, when finished with just the right stain, or clear coat. It has The knots add even more to the character and charisma of the wood. We have been buying our white pine paneling buy the truck load from the same mill for 20+ years. Most lumber yards buy from brokers, who buy lumber from whoever is cheaper at the time. We set the standard 20+ years ago! We believe in quality lumber and stand behind it.
When working with the same supplier we are able to make sure each board is top notch. This is something that the big box stores, and most lumber yards come up short on. There is a wide variety of patterns available to fit the need of each customer, (see Exhibit A) Tongue and groove continues to be a favorite pattern of many, as it allows for the hiding of fasteners, where as some patterns have to be “face nailed” leaving the nail hole exposed. All of our white pine comes 6-16’ random lengths, for those of you who need specified lengths, we can sort or special order for about 10% more than the cost of Random. Most Customers are using the paneling for walls and ceilings, for that application we truly recommend that you us our end-matched pine, instead of the square edge, the end-matching process, is where we trim the square end and mill a tongue and groove pattern on the end of the boards. This process is done by us in house , each board is carefully examined for any loose knots, or defects and they are cut out and removed.
When installing the end-matched paneling you have the added benefit of Zero Waste and far less cuts. When installing the square edge each joint has to land on a stud to support the end of each board, with the end matching the tongue and groove support each end allowing the joints to “ land where they fall” This means far fewer cuts thus saving installation time and dollars. Not to mention that the joints look awesome as well as adding even more charm. White pine continues to be our lowest priced species due to its ease of workability and its relative ease of harvesting. Finally, you have our guarantee of satisfaction with both the product and our service. We are proud of our Tongue and Groove Paneling and we are sure you will be as well once it becomes part of your home or cabin.
Western Red Cedar ( a.k.a. Costal Cedar) vs. Inland Red Cedar
Thuja plicata, commonly called western or Pacific red cedar, giant or western arborvitae, giant cedar, or shinglewood, is a species of Thuja, an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae native to western North America. The provincial tree of British Columbia, it has extensive applications for Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. What is the difference between Western Red or Coastal, and Inland Red Cedar? Both are the same species. Think of the difference as a different grade of cedar, not a different tree. Western red grows faster and in a different soil type than the inland which grows Primarily in Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Montana to the eastern front of the Rockies. The Western Red grows quite large and fast and shows very few knots.
Large timbers, wider boards, straight grain, and very clear boards are common with this variety. The color will be much more consistent and usually darker. This is mostly due to the high rainfall amounts which the Coastal Cedar trees receive that evens out the early and late growth seasons. When you are requesting CVG (clear vertical grain) Cedar, this is the lumber you are most likely getting. These boards are commonly used for siding, paneling, shingles, structural timbers, and flooring. They are graded in both appearance and clear grades. Homestead Timbers uses WRC for Rough Sawn Beams or S4S. Inland Red Cedar will not grow as large as Coastal Cedar due to a more arid climate and greater seasonal changes. This varying environment causes greater density changes from early to late growth, so the lumber appears striped. It is very difficult to find clear lumber with many more knots. Since the tree doesn’t grow very large, it branches much more, which causes this knotty appearance. Because of this, Inland Cedar is mostly used for knotty grade products like panels, decking and flooring. It is often graded using Pine nomenclature and most often #3 and better in select tight knot (STK), or knotty designations.
Homestead Timbers stocks a beautiful inland red cedar STK (select tight knot) paneling in 10’, 12’, 14’and 16’ boards, the paneling is smooth one side and rough We also offer a 5/4 STK inland red cedar radius decking in 8’-20’ lengths. Due to the soft larger growth rings red cedar tends to tear out when end matched, so unfortunately it is not available end matched, only square cut. Both our Paneling and Decking will surely give your home, cottage, or cabin the awe inspiring look it deserves.
Populus tremuloides is a deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name Aspen. It is commonly called quaking aspen, trembling aspen, American aspen, Quakies, mountain or golden aspen, trembling poplar, white poplar, popple, and even more names. The trees have tall trunks, up to 25 meters (82 feet) tall, with smooth pale bark, scarred with black. The glossy green leaves, dull beneath, become golden to yellow, rarely red, in autumn. The species often propagates through its roots to form large groves based on a single rhizome.
The Quaking Aspen is the most widely distributed tree in North America, being found from Canada to central Mexico. It is the defining species of the aspen parkland biome in the Prairie Provinces of Canada.
Aspen Paneling is just as vibrant and magnificent when milled paneling as it is in the fall with its peak golden color. Homestead Timbers carries 1×6 Aspen paneling prefinished in clear in stock. Available in 1×8 special ordered.
Northern White Cedar
Thuja occidentalis is an evergreen coniferous tree, in the cypress family Cupressaceae, which is native to the eastern Canada and much of the north, central and upper Northeastern United States, but widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The species was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, and the binomial name remains current.
Northern White Cedar paneling is a great for moisture and rot resistance like pool rooms, saunas, and spa’s . Its beautiful yellowy- beige color and optimal performance against the elements makes White Cedar log siding and white cedar panel a best seller of Homestead Timbers! The core of the tree is the heartwood and the best decay resistant product you can buy is the heartwood section of the tree. The white cedar will normally have the heartwood of the tree in nearly 100% of your lumber pieces. Homestead stock 1×6” White Cedar in 8’ and shorter paneling. 30% of the pieces are 5’ and shorter and 70% are 5’ and longer.
If you would like to eliminate the time, mess, and odor of finishing your material onsite then let us do it for you. We can prefinish most all of our products for you. We can finish your paneling with a clear lacquer or stain and lacquer it to the color of your choice. We can also pre stain your siding and trim with our TWP exterior stain. Whether your project is indoors or out, we have a finish for it. Let us make your job faster and easier, order your material pre-finished.
Now Available in Eco-Green Water-based finish
Homestead Timbers Tongue and Groove Paneling is kiln dried and available in: