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Cheaper Doesn't Mean Quality

3 Reasons Why Cheaper Wood Doesn’t Mean Quality Wood

30 April 2015

Whether you’re a home owner on a DIY project, a business owner overseeing the renovation of your commercial space or a builder contracted for a major building extension, determining what you use for your materials is one of the more important decisions you’ll have to make. Of course, you’ll need to consider the cost of your supplies, but despite conventional wisdom, going for cheaper types of timber isn’t always the smartest thing to do.

Here are 3 reasons why you might consider a higher-priced wood for higher quality in your work.

1. Cheaper wood isn’t going to last as long.

Most timber is used for structural purposes, such as decking, hardwood flooring, cladding and so on. With that in mind, builders and other project managers have to consider the costs and benefits of purchasing less expensive wood. While they can stay within their budget with this choice, cheaper timber usually loses its finish quicker and start showing signs of decay, especially under extreme weather conditions found in Brisbane.

2. Composite timber can carry health risks.

Composite wood products are, for the most part, more expensive to manufacture and refine, making to overall cost higher. Especially when it comes to making larger structures. Furthermore, composite timber is usually made with epoxy or formaldehyde glue, which give off trace amounts of chemical vapours and other gases. This can be dangerous for any homeowner who has small children playing around an area where composite wood has just been set down. Hence, its important to consider the differences between composite and natural timber especially for decking.

3. How It’s Cut.

How timber is cut can influence the finished product for your project. At Sunstate Timbers we only supply Timber that is cut the traditional way from the middle of the log, taking most of the tension out of it. Unlike the new way on portable mill which cuts in reverse, of cutting from the outside to the middle, thus this method is far cheaper due to less time taken to cut a cheaper machinery in turn providing bowed and twisted timber.

Learn More About Quality Wood From the Experts

At Sunstate Timbers, we guarantee that our customers won’t get anything less than wood of the highest quality. We can deliver robust species like Spotted Gum, Tallowwood, Iron Bark, Grey Box and Merbau at a competitive price, so that you can use visually appealing and long-lasting wood in your next building or renovation project.

Sunstate Timbers, Deception Bay, have provided customers with quality wood supplies for customers across Brisbane. If you’re looking to buy timber, take a look at our splendid range at our lumber yard.

For more information about high-quality timber, contact the Sunstate Timbers team on (07) 3171 8430 or via our online form for quality advice.