Australia has a unique resource in its native hardwoods, producing some of the most durable and attractive timbers in the world.

Hardwood timbers are ideal for high strength structural applications, such as bearers, joists, lintels and roof beams. The natural durability of most hardwoods also makes them perfect for external applications, such as decking and cladding, and for interior flooring and stairs. Hardwood timbers are also highly recyclable due to their long above-ground life, with some of Australia’s indigenous hardwood species much prized for recycled flooring, panelling, and furniture and landscaping.

Timber is a smart choice for the environment. A natural, renewable and sustainable material, timber is carbon positive, meaning that carbon is stored for the life of the timber. Timber also has very high insulation properties, and quite low energy levels are required for its production.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the correct timber:-

Timber Species

Australia is fortunate to have a wide array of hardwoods that each have a distinct look and texture that can enrich any project. Macleay River Hardwoods has access to some of the most sought after native Australian hardwood timber species on the market. Remember, no two trees are the same and there is always some natural variation within the same timber species., therefore photos and samples do not always provide an accurate representation of colour and grade. 

Timber Grading (Appearance and Structural)

All timber used in Australia is strictly graded to Australian Standards. Grading refers to the degree of natural marks and features, as well as the strength and durability of the timber. Timber grading systems have been developed to ensure quality control in the industry and help consumers buy the right timber for their needs. Whilst strength grading is an integral testing procedure to test a timber appropriateness for a particular purpose, the decision between different timber appearance grades, from a unique and striking timber with lots of natural features to a clean and consistent timber grade, really comes down to personal preference.

Hardness Rating

The hardness of a timber is measured by the Janka hardness test. This test is the industry standard for determining the ability of a particular timber species to withstand denting and wear. The higher the Janka rating / number the greater the hardness.