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How Should Timber Be Stored?

How to Store Timber Safely on Site

Timber is a natural material that is susceptible to damage more than even plastic or metal. Failing to store timber supplies properly results in cost spikes on a building project. When the supplies spoil, financial penalties and delays may be incurred when seeking for the delivery of replacements.

The Common Problems

Storing timber the right way is vital for a variety of reasons, meaning you need to make timber suppliesthe right storage efforts at the preparation stage. If the supplies spoil, you will incur costly delays. All you need is a storage plan. The most common issues faced when timber is not stored correctly include and not limited to:

  • Decay
  • Split
  • Shrinking or expansion resulting from the wood’s moisture content.
  • Discolouration

Keep It Clean and Dry

Your timber supplies must be stored in a well-ventilated area for proper air circulation. Outdoor space such as sheds, warehouses, and garages are ideal. The circulation should keep the supplies dry and clean. Your deliveries need to be timed appropriately to prevent the exposure of your timber to the elements. The delivery should be scheduled to fit the phase of the project it is required for. Inspect the signs of damage and warping on delivery.

Avoid Storing in New Buildings

Do not make the mistake of storing your timber in a new building. New buildings tend to have a lot of moisture building up from appliances, building materials, and technical equipment including concrete and plaster. New buildings subject stored timber to moisture which eventually ruins it.

Get the Positioning Right

Timber must be stored vertically, and on a flat surface to help it absorb air. The surface should be stable and evenly structured to prevent the timber from sinking in. Your timber is likely to warp if stored in an area that is not flat or solid. Instead of storing it on the floor, place it on pallets. Not only will your timber be protected from warping, but also against any moisture that could build up from the floor. However, ensure that the length of the pallet is not shorter than your timber otherwise warping could still occur.

Storing your timber in a clean and dry environment is vital. However, the storage facility must have a protective material. The material ensures that your supplies are protected from the outside elements and allows the timber to hold its natural moisture content. The cover must be waterproof even when storing the timber indoors given that water droplets can still build up in the indoor spaces.

For any enquiries about timber supplies or storage tips please contact our specialist timber merchants team at Theo’s Timber Ltd on 0161 834 6789 or email

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