How to Choose the Most Durable Lumber for a Commercial Building

A strong building starts with a strong foundation. Whether designing and erecting a building or adding to a preexisting one, the foundation must be able to endure environmental factors and natural wear and tear. Lumber is a durable choice for the foundation of a building, but there are so many types. How do you choose?

Here are some factors to keep in mind when shopping for lumber that will help you make the best decision. 


Cheaper does not always equal better when it comes to buying wood for a commercial project. You want sturdy, reliable wood with a good reputation for durability. Think of the foundational wood as an investment. You may be paying more now, but you won’t have to worry as much about repairs later.


There are many varieties of lumber, giving you plenty of options. As mentioned, refrain from very cheap flimsy wood that may break. Instead, choose oak, ash, hickory, ebony, cherry, and other reliable hardwoods.


The lumber used for the foundation doesn’t have to be the prettiest, but when installing flooring, the wood selection should be chosen as much for its looks as for its stain and scuff-resistant qualities. Again, the above-mentioned woods are ideal, but feel free to browse around to find wood that best matches your commercial building décor.

Looking for the most durable lumber? You can find it at Peterman Lumber. Since 1979, Peterman Lumber in Ventura County, California has been a reliable choice for all your lumber needs. Founder Clair “Pete” Peterman has expanded the business, which today has a customer service center and a corporate yard that spans 11 acres. Call us today or check out our website to browse our softwood, hardwood, exotic, and domestic lumber.