Get the highest quality hardwood materials from Middletown Lumber. We collect the best samples of imported and domestic hardwoods for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a familiar material like oak or maple or something more exotic, our lumber specialists can help you choose the best pieces for your project.
Why Choose Hardwood Materials?
Hardwoods last longer than softwoods and are easier to work with. Hardwood’s durability and natural warmth contribute to its popularity as a flooring choice for many home and business owners. Of the hardwoods, oak is still the most common choice, but cherry and imported woods are also worth considering. You can acquire hardwood is a variety of styles, such as plank, prefinished and parquet boards that you or your contractor can install. We’ve been selling lumber in Middletown, PA, for more than 60 years, so feel free to ask our knowledgeable, friendly staff for help with your project or renovation.
NHLA Grading System
Most hardwood lumber prepared in the United States is graded by standards set up by the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA). In 1897, hardwood lumber producers formed this standardization organization to promote consistent hardwood lumber rating. Previously, individual mills implemented their own rating systems, which weren’t consistent across markets. Today, grading rules are based on the amount and size of clear cuttings.
We Sell FAS, The Highest Quality Hardwood
There are eight hardwood lumber grades in widespread use today. FAS is the highest and No. 3B Common is the lowest. In short, the higher grades of lumber have larger clear areas than the lower grades. The basic concept of grading is that the grade of all lumber is determined from the poorest face or side of the lumber, with a few cases considering the better face as well. Lumber thickness (4/4, 6/4, etc.) is not considered when grading hardwood; the grades are based on the two faces alone.
What Sets Our Hardwoods Apart
You’re in for a pleasant surprise when you buy hardwoods from us. Our Appalachian hardwoods have excellent color, and you can choose from a range of sizes, including 4/4, 5/4 and 8/4 thicknesses. Our stock is FAS, the highest grade possible from the National Hardwood Lumber Association. Our expert technicians and sawyers dry the wood to an optimal moisture content of 6% to 8%. This protects the wood from drying out and cracking. We typically sell it in rough cuts. However, for valued customers who don’t have the equipment to machine and sand it, we can finish your hardwood materials at a reasonable price.
Domestic Wood Selection
Choose from local hardwoods native to Appalachia and available at our store in Middletown, PA.:
- Aromatic Cedar
- Curly Maple
- Hard Maple
- Pa White Pine (Clear)
- Pa White Pine (Red Knot)
- Quartered Red Oak
- Quartered White Oak
- Red Oak
- Soft Maple
- White Oak
- Sitka Spruce
Are you overwhelmed by the selection? Don’t worry, we’re here to help make sure you walk away with the right hardwood material to successfully complete your project.
Imported Hardwood Selection
Give a faraway feel to your living or dining room flooring or handmade furniture when you purchase imported hardwood materials at Middletown Lumber. Our stock includes:
- Burmese Teak
- Honduran Mahogany
- Peruvian Walnut
- Purple Heart
- Quarter Sawn Sapele
- Red African Padauk
- Yellow Heart
- Gabon Ebony
Middletown Lumber’s Hardwood Experts
Middletown Lumber has been serving Central PA since 1955, and our sales team has more than 100 years of combined experience. We pride ourselves on our variety of products, excellent customer service and the care taken to match our stock material to your specific job.
Visit us in person at Middletown Lumber, located at 2 Clinton Avenue, Middletown, PA 17057-0314. Our team consists of builders and lumber experts, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a better resource for your questions. Be sure to explore our beautiful showroom, warehouse and mill shop to gain a fuller understanding of what we can do for you.