Using Southern Pine


You’ve made a great choice by using Southern Pine lumber for your next project. The strong, sustainable, and climate-smart choice is the go-to building material for many of today’s builders, architects, and do-it-yourselfers. Southern Pine’s proven quality, superior treatability, cost competitiveness, natural beauty, and usability for diverse applications means you can do pretty much whatever you need with it.

Southern Pine for Residential Construction

Known for its sustainability and long-term cost-effectiveness, Southern Pine lumber is a reliable option for nearly any project, from constructing decks to framing home foundations and everything in between.

SFPA has you covered with technical resources, including best uses and practices, for using Southern Pine for floors, ceilings, roofs, headers, and beams; building a deck or porch; and even creating the foundation for your home, whether it’s a raised wood floor system or a permanent wood foundation.

Southern Pine for Commercial Construction

As the construction industry continues to evolve and focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility, in addition to the growing popularity of mass timber as an option to concrete and steel, don’t overlook Southern Pine for commercial and industrial projects.

Whether you’re working on a marine-related project, building bridges or highway noise barriers, manufacturing pallets, or erecting a post-and-beam structure, SFPA can guide you through what you need to know about incorporating and using Southern Pine.

Southern Pine for Finish Applications

Southern Pine lumber’s attractive grain, along with its color and other physical properties, make it a preferred material for finish applications, such as siding, ceilings, paneling, and flooring.

Southern Pine Lumber Best Use and Practices

Using Southern Pine lumber is a great choice, if you know how to work with it! SFPA offers guidelines to help specify the most economical and efficient use of Southern Pine lumber products, store lumber properly for maximum service life, and manage mold and moisture to protect its structural integrity. 

Southern Pine Lumber for DIY

Southern Pine, with its versatility, durability, and user-friendly characteristics, is an ideal choice for DIY projects that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Take a look at SFPA’s handful of plans for pressure-treated Southern Pine lumber projects that will give your home a little something extra special.

Check out our Southern Pine Use Guide to learn more about Southern Pine and how to use it.