Common Types Of Timber Hardwood And Their Features, Uses

by Alin Shara Personal Training Instructor

With so many options out there in the markets in terms of timber, one could find it really tough to choose the most suitable one. Experts have a totally different take on this and say that since all the versions are totally different, you will not find any trouble in picking the right one, once you know what you want. Based on what you need, you can actually go through this guide that will help you a lot in understanding different options and then, choosing the best one. However, before starting, let us quickly have a glance over a few very important facts regarding timber flooring.

  • All kinds of timber including rustic timber can be used for flooring and decking purposes as well as for furniture manufacturing.
  • No matter what your budget is, you will be able to easily find a timber for you, provided that you know what you require.
  • Timber may be termed as "resistant" to pests, but it is important to treat it for making further resistant.
  • Do consult with the vendor’s staff members at the time of shopping to get hold of the right timber for you.


In broader terms, all kinds of timbers are categorised as hardwood and softwood. They are entirely different and the softwood is sourced from coniferous species such as cedar, fir and pine. The growth rate is really impressive and the weight of the wood is really light. Softwood has a coarse grain and of course, is not as sturdy as the hardwood.

On the other hand, there is hardwood and according to the vendors of rustic timber panelling and rustic hardwood, this wood is heavy, strong and stable. Because of the robustness, it is the top choice in terms of panelling, piers, flooring, decking and in most timber furniture.



As the name suggests, this one is a little pink or red in colour and often used in manufacturing furniture, handrails, wall cladding, and even, windows frames. 


This happens to be one of the most common species in Australia and it is totally apart from others in terms of grain, colour and texture. The common ones are Tasmanian Oak (cream), Blackbutt (pale brown), spotted gum (mid brown) and Jarrah (red). 


This one is also given the name of Douglas fir or Oregan and it is mostly found in red, brown colour. The main feature is that it has straight grain and a high strength-to-weight ratio


The next name in the list is of the pine and because of its anti-termites properties, this along with rustic timbers a very popular flooring option in Australia.


This timber can be easily identified because of its white-to-pale brown colour and it is mostly used in the manufacturing of furniture. In the past few years, it has been used too much as an alternative to white oak wood.


This timber is basically the native of Sweden, Denmark and Norway and because of its toughness, it is a good choice for tasks like furniture making, flooring and for firewood as well. This is a white pale to brown wood timber and has fairly bland grain.

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