Tile Importer is your one-stop shop for all your timber needs. Located in Melbourne, our timber shop has been serving builders, architects, designers and even homeowners with great DIY ideas since 1966.
Our shop offers an extensive range of timber, including jarrah, treated pine, cypress pine, Oregon pine, Merbau and spotted gum. If you want an eco-responsible option, choose our Mod-Wood, a composite made entirely from recycled materials. Unsure about which timber to choose for your decking or flooring project? Our friendly staff will help you find the timber that best suits your needs and vision.
Customers come to us not only because of our product range but also our prices. We offer the lowest prices for most, if not all, timber products available in Melbourne. With us, you can be certain you’ll get exactly what you need for your project — high-quality timber product at a price that meets your budget.
Choose the Right Timber for Your Project
With 12,000 timber products in stock, Tile Importer is here to help you find the right timber for your project. For starters, here are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a timber product:
A home’s flooring, decking or fencing is often exposed to harsh elements, including heavy rains or pest infestations. It is best to choose a type of timber that can withstand such elements. Merbau and other hardwood are a great option. But you can also choose softwood as long as it has been given the right chemical treatment to extend its lifespan.
Timber is often preferred for decking and flooring because it comes in a natural colour that complements or even accentuates the rest of your home design. Of course, the choice of timber colour depends on your project vision. But if you can’t find a timber colour that fits your taste, you have the option of staining it.
As with any construction material, the cost of timber will always be a factor, especially for those who are on a tight budget. A good option to lower your cost is to choose softwood timber, such as pine, as its price is generally lower than other types of timber. Here at Tile Importer, you can get competitive prices, even on hardwood timber. Tell us what you need, and we can give you a quote in a few hours to help you decide.
Unlike manufacturing goods, timber production depends on specific harvesting seasons. Make sure to choose a timber product available in ample supply to avoid project delays and other related issues. In Melbourne, you can count on our shop for an adequate supply of various timber products. We have a seven-acre warehouse that allows us to stock thousands of timber to meet our customers’ needs.
The timber you choose should be suitable for its environment. This prefabricated building material comes in different finishes, which enhance the wood aesthetically and structurally. The finish determines the timber’s compatibility with its surroundings. Timber for outdoor applications, for instance, benefits from a finish that provides UV protection, moisture-wicking and rot resistance. Indoor timber, on the other hand, is best treated with a finish that protects its surface from scuffs and scratches.
Whether you’re hiring a professional or thinking of doing it yourself, it is essential to understand wood workability. Every type of timber has a workability ranking that determines how easy or hard it is to use in builds. This covers shaping, machining defects, steam bending, and its ability to be glued, stained, and finished. Scandinavian Redwood, for example, is timber that is considered very easy to work. Teak is often hard to work with because it has a blunting effect on the edges of cutting tools and it needs preparation for glues and finishes. When selecting timber, be mindful of your budget and timeline and how the material’s workability will affect those factors.
Even with the right treatment, timber is not invulnerable to damage. Maintenance plays an important role in protecting your build. When selecting timber for your project, be mindful of its maintenance needs for the long term. Timber veneers, for example, cannot handle harsh cleaning solutions. This type of material requires specially made cleaners to preserve its visual appeal and structural durability.
Timber is a popular building material for its availability, usability, and affordability. As illustrated by the previous points, there are several specifications to consider. Although they might seem daunting, making your selection becomes easier when you’ve determined the timber’s use. Knowing exactly what you’re going to use this building material for streamlines the selection process. Determine if it is for architecture or furniture. Then, decide if it will be used indoors or outdoors. The answer to these questions narrows your choices to the appropriate timber for your project.
Ready to order timber, or do you still need help in making a decision? Either way, do not hesitate to give us a call.