Hardwood timber has been a well loved and extremely popular construction material for thousands of years. However, with the surge of new construction materials such as plywood and chipboard, it has slowly been pushed to the back of consumer’s minds.
However, while these new materials are more affordable, nothing beats the style, feel and durability of high quality hardwood timber. In this post, we will outline everything you need to know about choosing the right hardwood.
What is Hardwood?
While it can be difficult to tell the difference between hardwood and soft wood, the differences ultimately come down to the physical structure of the tree. Typically, hardwoods feature long fibres that are densely packed, making them harder and more suitable for construction.
Hardwood is generally more expensive when compared to soft wood, but this is made up for its long-lasting durability, which means it will not need to be replaced as often.
Choosing The Right Wood
With so many hardwoods to choose from, it can be a daunting task deciding the right one for your project. However, there are a number of factors to consider that can help make this decision much easier.
What Will It Be Used For?
When choosing the right hardwood, it is important to consider the type of project you are working on, as well as the specific purpose of the timber. Some woods are better suited for outdoor use and applications and other. Similarly, it is important to consider what finishes they will need to ensure long-lasting results.
Another factor to consider is the price and your budget. Some timber species can be incredibly expensive, while others are much more affordable. If you are on a budget, it is important to consider which areas of your project can be built with less expensive timbers – this will help keep the overall cost of the build down.
Colour and Grain
Depending on your project, it is also important to consider the colour and grain of your timber so that it can better suit your design needs. Some woods are more highly sought after due to their beautiful grain, while others are prized for their unique colour.
Choosing Ironbark Timber
Ironbark Timber is a popular Australian hardwood prized for its deep red heart wood, pale yellow sapwood and unique interlocked grain and texture. Due to its high durability and degree of fire resistance, ironbark is used across Brisbane and Australian homes.
Ironbark trees are named after their thick, compact, and hard bark, making them ideal for a number of applications from decking and flooring to construction.
Their durability class rating is Class 1 – this means that the timber is expected to last for more than 50 years in a fully protected area and more than 50 years outside. Similarly, Ironbark sapwood is not susceptible to lyctid borers while the heartwood is class 3 resistant.
High Quality Ironbark From Gowan Lea Timbers
Gowan Lea Timbers is proud to offer high quality Ironbark, utilising some of the finest trees in Queensland. They are committed to supplying both retail and trade customers with the best possible value for their timber needs, while also providing an unrivalled customer service experience. To learn more, get in touch today!