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Choosing the Right Type of Timber & Board

Choosing the right type of timber and board can be a daunting task. Picking the right type of timber and board can be difficult for homeowners or any construction based projects. Here is some useful information on what types of boards are available on the market today, as well as the different qualities that they offer.

timber productsWhen it comes to choosing the right type of timber or board, you want to make sure that it is sturdy but also aesthetically pleasing. The timber you choose should also be resistant to the elements. For example, if choosing timber for a garden or outdoor space, it is crucial that your product can withstand sun exposure and weathering from rain/snow etc.

In general, there are three distinct types of timber available for construction, finishing and decorative usage. Certified timber from an independent organisation, like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™),  is timber that has been sourced from responsibly managed forests. Timber certification provides assurance to buyers and consumers about how timber is being produced, traded and used.

Construction Timber

Typically, construction timber is used as an internal material. It is used for the structural support of a building and will need to be timber that can withstand exposure to moisture, fungal decay or insect attack during its lifespan. Ideal for studwork, construction timber is also used for timber joists, timber flooring, roofing battens and timber roof trusses.

Finishing Timber

When it comes to finishing timber, you may use decorative timber on an internal wall surface as opposed to construction timber which has been traditionally used for load bearing purposes. Finishing timber is more likely to have been kiln dried, treated against decay and moisture damage or primed for paint application before being installed on your property. It is used where the overall look is important, such as timber panelling and architraves.

Decorative Timber

Decorative wood is a decorative alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting that offers a personal touch to your area. Dado rails help keep your walls protected from being harmed by furniture, whereas picture rails are a decorative element that allow you to hang photos without having to embed them directly into your wall. For skirting and architrave which are larger sized timber, consider using timber in its natural form or choose to have it painted. Consider engineered oak mouldings for skirting, architrave and window boards.

If you are in need of timber board for your project and would like more information or advice on which type you may require, get in touch with our timber products specialists at Theo’s Timber on 0161 834 6789 or email

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