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Hardboard Masonite Panels and their Industrial Uses

Hardboard Masonite panels are a specific and surprisingly versatile type of wood-based composite panel. It’s strength and durability make it an excellent product for a wide variety of applications.

Commonly known as “Masonite” (a brand name derived from the panel’s inventor and the company he started), hardboard is a thin, strong board made from wood fiber derivates like chips. It is often confused with MDF or cement fiberboard, but it is not the same thing. It can be unfinished – standard hardboard, or tempered hardboard, a process that adds a minuscule amount of oil as a finishing agent that makes it stronger and less prone to warping. Compared to other panels like plywood or OSB, it is only made as a thinner product but can be just as strong as a thicker panel.

Uses for Hardboard

Manufacturers use hardboard masonite panels in a huge range of ways. Pallets, crates, and other packaging companies use it as lightweight tops, slip sheets or dunnage. Furniture manufacturers use it for cabinets, drawers, shelves, and backing for mirrors and pictures, among other things. Beyond manufacturing, you will find hardboard in use by farmers for barn flooring and bedding and artists use hardboard as a painting substrate.  Hardboard’s ability to resist damage and withstand cutting, routing, shaping, and drilling allow for near 100% usage of the panel. And one fact that not many people know is that B Grade hardboard, while much less expensive, can feature only minor defects, making it nearly as usable as premium grades!

Hardboard’s unique qualities make it an ideal option as a panel substrate for hundreds of different products. Turns out that old coach’s clipboard (made from hardboard!) is more useful than you think.

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Lumber Sales: How Small Building Materials Stores Compete

If you drive across North America and start counting big-box building materials stores like Home Depot and Lowes, you might be amazed at just how many there are. That can be a daunting situation for smaller hardware stores from a competitive standpoint. But those smaller, local stores can often provide wood products the big guys can’t. Besides having the advantage of location, small to midsize building materials stores compete in lumber sales by building relationships, offering added value products, and in-house expertise. 

Knowing Your Customers

One of the greatest advantages of buying lumber at a smaller retailer is the capacity to build a relationship with the store employees. Knowing your customers and their needs is key. A local builder might come in wanting a large quantity of 2×4 lumber, and another industrial company might need low-grade lumber to use as pallet wood material. Stocking a wide range of products that some of the bigger stores don’t carry is essential to building customer loyalty.

Offering Discounted Off-Grade Lumber

Smaller stores have the flexibility to provide value-added services or products. One way to do this is by offering a discounted, off-grade lumber product that satisfies the needs of your DIY, industrial, shed/garage builders, and certain remodelers.  These wood supply products can offer much higher returns to the store, which reduces the need to operate solely based on gigantic volume and inventory levels. 

Adding Value

Finally, in-house expertise sets a store apart from its competition. Make the purchasing process as easy and seamless as possible, and help your customers understand the value of low-grade dimensional lumber or B Grade building materials. It will save them money and get you a customer for life. 

By focusing on what the big box stores cannot and giving the best customer service possible, small to midsized hardware stores can stand out above the big guys…even if they are just down the street. There is no shortage of opportunities to provide unique lumber and other materials to an appreciative customer base and increase your competitive edge. 

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Affordable B-Grade Hardwood Flooring Options

Affordable B-Grade Hardwood Flooring Options

As small and mid-sized building materials stores are further pressured to compete with big-box stores and online sales, one option is to offer affordable b-grade hardwood flooring options to local customers.

Should I Stock Cheaper Grades of Hardwood Flooring on my Retail Shelves?

Flooring retailers all struggle with the balance of quality products vs. affordable prices. These days, customers want the best bang for their buck. Stocking B Grade hardwood flooring can be the answer for many of your customers.

What is B Grade flooring?  

There are a number of agencies that certify flooring grades, including the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA), the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). They each focus on certain characteristics of the flooring, including appearance, quality, stability, and hardness. B Grade flooring is a hardwood that exhibits various discrepancies over commonly accepted quality standards. 

Characteristics of #2 Common and Cabin Grade flooring 

The two most prevalent types of cheaper grade solid hardwood flooring are #2 Common and Cabin Grade. #2 Common is also known as Rustic Grade. Both types display more color variation and can include knots, burls, wormholes, and variable lengths.  

Why Buy Downgraded Hardwood Flooring? 

The primary reason your customers would be looking for one of these options is price. These grades can be significantly more affordable versions of prefinished or unfinished hardwood flooring. Depending on the intended use, they can be a great option for many of your buyers.  

But it’s not only price that attracts people to this type of discount wood flooring. The discrepancies shown in these grades are called “character marks”. More and more people are searching for unique looks and the variability in oak flooring becomes more attractive all the time.  

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Low Grade Lumber: What is it and is it for you?

Are you a pallet manufacturer looking to reduce costs for your pallet wood material? Low-grade lumber is an excellent choice. This wood product has a wide range of sizes, grades, and species and available just about anywhere. Pallet, crate, and dunnage manufacturers must find a competitive advantage in the ever-expanding world of shipping.

Low-grade lumber is an industrial graded wood which can be softwood lumber or hardwood lumber. It is available in many sizes, from 1×4 and 1×6 through common dimensional lumber sizes like 2×4, 2×6, and 2×12, and larger. The product typically has more wane and knots than higher wood material that is used for residential construction making it a great option for applications not requiring visual aesthetic quality.

Traditionally, low-grade lumber is used in pallets, crates, dunnage, and cut-to-size industrial manufacturing components. It may be pressure-treated wood, or kiln-dried lumber, or green lumber that hasn’t been treated. For many industrial applications, low-grade lumber proves to be a much cheaper source of materials without losing the structural integrity required. 

Finding the right wood supply for the best lumber prices is easy.

If you need lumber products for core manufacturing materials and are willing to accept imperfections in some aspects of the wood material, this product could be an economical alternative for you. Thousands of producers across North America are looking for customers for their downgraded wood. Consider buying low-grade lumber to meet your pallet or industrial wood material needs! 

At Silvaris, we specialize in helping industrial and commercial pallet, crate, and dunnage manufacturers supply their production lines and are ready to help your business, too. One of our in-house associates is ready and available to organize logistics to meet your needs.

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