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Why Brady-Built Uses Southern Yellow Pine for Our Signature Laminated Curved Beams

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Strong, beautiful, renewable – Southern Yellow Pine is the environmentally friendly choice!

The wood product used in Brady-Built’s hand crafted laminated beams and structural components is 100% American made from sustainably managed US Forests. In fact, Southern Yellow Pine is our nation’s most abundant and sustainably harvested wood resource and has been an integral part of American history, from ship building to flooring, since revolutionary times. Quite simply there is no other wood product that offers such “sustainable” value. Southern Yellow Pine is a clean, renewable, nontoxic, recyclable, bio-degradable & energy efficient building material. It grows fast and is literally farmed like any other food supply – 199 million acres of forest get replanted in southeastern USA every year!

Why Southern Yellow Pine?

It’s organic!
Forests are the lifeblood of our planet. Healthy and growing trees absorb carbon dioxide (sequester carbon) and release pure oxygen. But everything must be made from something, and most other furniture materials, like steel and plastics, are not Earth friendly in addition to consuming non-renewable resources (iron ore, oil, other chemicals).

It’s renewable!
SYP is the most sustainably renewed species of tree in the world! It is renewed at a greater rate than it is harvested. While about 4 million tree seedlings are planted every day in the U.S., over 3 million of these are Southern Yellow Pine babies! That’s over 1 billion seedlings planted every year in the US — that’s a whole lotta pine!

It’s non-toxic!
In its natural form, unfinished, it does not release any toxic gases or fumes into the atmosphere. It’s completely clean and chemical free.

It’s recyclable!
It can be re-used and re-worked and put into different shapes and sizes over and over. It can be cut, re-glued, shaped, carved, distressed — you name it.

It’s bio-degradable!
It will decompose on its own and return to the Earth’s cycle to add nutrients and life to the soil. So you can just bury our furniture when you are done using it.

It’s energy efficient!
Compared to other manufactured materials such as steel, aluminum and plastics, turning a tree into sawn lumber requires far less energy with lower carbon dioxide emissions/pollution. In addition, SYP has unique “energy capacity” properties that make it the #1 choice for building the next generation of homes pioneered by Enertia® — homes using a “natural architecture” that literally heat and cool themselves, just like the earth!

It’s the ultimate eco-friendly material!
No doubt about it, nothing compares to fast growing, Southern Yellow Pine that is sustainably harvested and manufactured in the USA when compared to other materials to maintain the health of our environment.

It’s structurally superior!
Southern Yellow Pine has the highest density of all commonly used structural lumber species, providing superior fastener-holding power and load-bearing capacity.

It’s naturally beautiful!
Southern Yellow Pine offers a distinct grain pattern and an appealing golden color. Because of its natural beauty, exposed Southern Yellow Pine provides architectural appeal.

It’s handpicked for quality and stability!
Brady-Built works exclusively with selected mills to buy only the highest grade material available. Our lumber is kiln dried to a maximum moisture content of 12%. This minimizes shrinkage and provides long-term dimensional stability. It has virtually no knots, and contains a high percentage of vertical grain pattern, further ensuring its overall stability.