The call for timber suppliers does not go unanswered in Melbourne. At the height of a building craze, the area is poised to deliver wood for almost any need. From companies whose specialty is timber flooring to suppliers of furniture-grade timber to warehouses chock full of cabinetry timber, it is all available on the eight pages of Google listings.
Top Exterior Timber Companies
For the largest selection of decking, posts, and structural look to long-time companies that have been in business for 30 years. They carry structural timber as well as art and decorative elements and the hardware to secure it all together. Look to suppliers who sell durable Australian hardwood.
For decking go to a company that specializes in outdoor timber. Look for companies who offer up a virtual online shopping experience straight from their lumber yard. Browse through cedar, decking, treated pine, cypress, fencing, and link edge among others.
What Makes Good Lumber?
It is too easy just to order a few boards without thinking beyond size specifics and wood species. Carefully inspect the wood, especially if it is for a high-profile part of a project that will be seen, walked upon, or secure your home's new addition in place.
Take a look at the wood for any warping. To get the best view, it can be easiest to look at it from the end. It needs to be straight, not bowed, twisted, or warped. Also, check out for knots and other lumber marks that may reduce the portions of usable timber.
Take A List
Hopefully, you already know what you need to make your project come to life. Pre-plan, check, and re-check your cut list. This will help ensure that you are well prepared before you get to the lumber yard.
Always know what species of timber you need beforehand too. In some cases, a nice soft pine works well, and in other instances, it is best to go with a heavy duty timber. Find out what the lumber yards hold before going onsite. While they may not have the wood you need, they may be able to refer you to another timber supplier.
Price the species of timber before getting out to the timber suppliers. Ensure that you stay within your budget, and allow an extra 20 percent for mistakes and mishaps, such as realizing you needed more wood than you originally had planned.
You may even want to determine how much the timber will weigh and whether the machines you have can work with the timber effectively in the manner needed.
The idea is to bring a list along, but be prepared to be adaptable to the offerings of the stock that is actually available. Being aware of your options before hitting the timber yard is one way to ensure that you are prepared for the actual offerings.
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