Types of Timber to choose from - When shopping for timber for your bathroom renovation, there are a few things worth knowing before you buy.
Softwood is timber cut from most evergreens such as Pine, Cedar, and Fir. Softwoods, which have a moderate strength rating, are generally used for home construction, remodeling, and when suitable, various home builder projects such as pergolas and decks.
Manufactured board products such as particleboard, plywood, and hardboard are made from softwood fiber. Hardwood is cut from species such as Ash, Messmate, and Red Gum. You will find hardwoods used primarily for flooring, paneling, moldings, and furniture construction.
Timber also comes in various appearance and structural grades. There are many different timbers available depending on what part of a building it is for and whether it will be exposed to the elements or not. Your timber retailer will be able to advise you on the best timber to use for your particular project.
Calculating the amount of Wood you will need.
If you are planning a large project, your builder, or architect will estimate quantities for you and usually liaise directly with the timber supplier. For smaller projects, the best way to calculate the type and amount of timber you will need is to ask the advice of a timber retailer.
There are design publications available at most supplier outlets that contain information on how to calculate quantity and advise on specific quantities you will need. Timber is usually pre-cut in lengths of 300mm and 600mm, and can be cut to size if necessary. Be careful not to miss an important element, mess up a calculation, or choose an inappropriate timber section for a load-bearing element. This could prove costly if you have under or over estimated on supplies, or have to revisit your supplier for the appropriate timber section.
Generally, softwoods, like pine, are used for construction and remodeling and generally cost less than hardwoods. Find out what type of timber will work best for your particular project. You may want rough sawn instead of dressed timber.
Keep in mind what grade of timber you need. If you are trying to reduce costs, a lower grade of timber may work just as well as grades that are more expensive. You can also keep costs low by substituting materials, for example, substituting plywood for solid section timber in paneling.
Also be sure to look in to the type of building equipment that you may need for a specific task.
Available Timber Services Offered
Timber retailers offer a range of services and products as well as supplying many different types of timber. Most supplier outlets provide design publications that contain information on how to calculate quantity, and advise on specific quantities you will need for a range of projects, whether it be building a garage or a cubby-house for your children.
Retailers can cut timber to size, if necessary and most also offer a delivery service. Your timber retailer can be a one-stop-shop for a range of hardware items, paint, and garden supplies. Some retailers also supply doors, skirting and fixings, and in a range of styles - Victorian and Edwardian, as examples. For more timber advice, ask your timber retailer.