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FAQs

Do you take special orders? Of course we do, including special siding patterns; special-sized doors;alternate grades of redwood, cedar and other woods; specialty hardware; and timbers.

Do you deliver? Front Range Lumber delivers throughout the extended Denver metro area at a very nominal charge. Deliveries are generally on a same/next day basis unless specified otherwise.

Is treated lumber safe to use? The treating chemicals used today are far better and safer than those in the past. However, treated lumber should never be used in applications like water tanks, raised garden beds, high contact areas for children, etc.

How can I get a quote? Send your list to us via direct drop-off, snail mail, fax or email and we’ll quote all your building needs. For the best possible and most complete service to you, please include your name and phone to resolve any detailed question we might have. For example, very commonly we receive a quote request for a new door but not enough details. An email chain becomes challenging when trying to gather all those details when a short phone call would have been quick and easy.

Can you match old siding for my job? Siding is one of the most problematic areas of materials we sell. True wood sidings (cedar, pine, etc.) may be a stock item or can be milled to match exactly. Hardboard sidings have changed over the years and an exact match is probably not possible. The overall “pattern” will be possible, but the newer version’s wood texture look, size, shape and details of any grooving will most probably be different than what you have.

Why are their differences in wood prices? There can be large differences in quality, even in framing lumber. In addition, different species of wood will carry with them vastly differing costs (and again, qualities). Even details like exact sizing are important – for example, cedar pickets come in a variety of thicknesses, obviously a thicker product will be a better lasting one. We always suggest you see what you’re getting before just judging on the “bottom line” price.

Why does wood crack, (split, warp, etc)? ALL wood may split, crack, warp or bow as it dries and adjusts to the surrounding humidity. Regardless of grade, type, or size, all wood may be subject to this deterioration. For example, warping is caused (in its simplest terms) by part of the piece drying faster/more than the rest. It then contracts, “pulling” the board out of straight.

How many fence pickets does my fence require? If using 1x4 pickets, figure 3.5 pickets per foot, so a 100 foot stretch of fence will require 350 pickets. On 1x6 pickets, compute 2.2 pickets per foot. In addition, as a rule, if you’re doing the work yourself, 4” pickets are generally a better value and will be of better overall quality.

How much siding do I need for my job? Based on the vast array of sidings available, it’s best to consult us for your total project needs. Alternatively, refer to the SIDING tab on this website for the conversion table.

How many joist hanger nails do I need? It’s rare that customers purchase an adequate amount of nails for the joist hangers needed on their project. While each type of hanger varies regarding the number of fasteners needed, a rule of thumb is a pound of nails for every twelve hangers, at a minimum. Keep in mind, many hangers require specific lengths, types and, in some cases, special fasteners. Always consult the manufacturer’s directions.

How can I save money on my project? Ask us! There are many ways to nip and tuck on most projects to reduce costs.

How can I tell which handing my door is? For a complete set of drawing for all possible options, please refer to our DOOR tab. On a simple single door, we prefer the “butt to butt” method. Stand stride the door with your rear end backed up to the door hinges (butts). Which way does the door swing? To your left arm, then left handed and vice versa.