In our last blog, we discussed green lumber, and its use in construction. If a building has been constructed using green lumber, though, can problems arise later, because of it?
As we mentioned before, the moisture in green lumber will continue to evaporate until it has reached the same level as that of its surroundings. This means that if it is still evaporating after construction, it will continue to shrink and dry out. Shrinking wood will produce various gaps. One result of this is a gap can be generated between drywall and nails. This will force a nail to push through drywall. Although it shouldn’t cause major problems, it can look pretty bad.
Mold spores are something that develop very easily on wood that has not been properly dried out. Mold can even develop during the transportation of the lumber. The results of this are that a mold problem might have developed even before the house has been completed.
Another issue you could encounter is that fluids like sap gradually ooze out of the wood which will cause it to stain. Also, if green lumber wood is painted before it has been through the drying out process, the paints surface could start to bubble and look unsightly, as the water tries to evaporate from it.
After this brief consideration, we can see that while green lumber is a less expensive option, whoever uses it should be prepared for various problems that might arise as a result of its use.