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Timber Buying Guide

Our timber can be typically classed in to three categories: construction timber, finishing timber and decorative timber.

This guide will breakdown each category, and highlight some of the frequent products that fall under each group.

We offer FSC certified timber at Robert Price, look for the FSC labelling to ensure your timber has been sourced responsibly and sustainably.

Construction Timber

Generally used as an initial fix when the visual appearance is not the most important aspect, or when the timber will not be on show.

For general construction and stud-wall partitioning.

Treated Studwork
Pressure-treated to protect against rot, fungi or insects. Used for general construction and stud-wall partitioning, but can also be used outside.

Sawn Kiln-dried Timber
For non-structural internal use when a rough sawn finish can be implemented.

Treated Sawn Kiln-dried Timber
For non-structural work, when a rough sawn finish can be implemented, either internally or externally.

Roofing Battens
For use in roofing to attach roofing sheets or tiles. Treated, red batten to meet various housing standards or green batten for other uses.

Garden Timber
Generally used for decking, fencing, external cladding and construction of features such as flower beds and composters.

Finishing Timber

Generally used when the woodwork is on show and the visual appearance matters.

Cedar & Siberian Larch Cladding
A natural choice for architects and engineers seeking aesthetically pleasing, light-weight and durable external or internal wall or roof finishes.

For internal joinery for a high-quality smooth finish. Our range includes ash, oak, sapele, beech, iroko, dark red meranti, idigbo, southern yellow pine and Keruing.

A variety of high-quality, decorative boards to either overlay on existing floorboards or directly onto the beams.

Decorative Timber

Generally used when the visual appearance is important and can be a stylish feature of the room design.

Dado & Picture Rails
Decorative and useful features; dado rails protect walls from being damaged by furniture, while picture rails allow picture hanging without damaging any walls.

Include skirting and architrave; longer lengths ensure you won’t need to join two pieces together for a single wall.

Engineered Oak Mouldings
High-quality and unique patterned designs to make strong skirting, architrave and window boards.

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