Timber for outdoor projects
The best range for pergolas, decking, fencing and more
At Softwoods, we have a wide array of timbers, many of which are treated in different ways for different uses. This section will help you decide which timber to choose for your outdoor project. If you have any further queries please don't hesitate to contact us.
A better choice for the environment
Dr Patrick Moore, founding member of Greenpeace
One of the best ways to address climate change is to use more wood, not less. Wood is simply the most abundant, biodegradable and renewable material on the planet.
Versatile and economical Treated Pine
Most of the timber we sell at Softwoods has been treated in one way or another. While the chemicals used for treatment change, the treatment process is always very similar.
The first step in the process is obviously the logging of the timber. All of our timber is Plantation grown. Once the timber has been logged it is cut into workable sizes in the mill.
If left untreated, pine placed inground will rot within 12 months, however treated pine will last up to 30 years. Prior to treatment the timber is kiln dried to remove moisture and allow for better absorption of the treatment solution. Timber is dried to 15% of it's original moisture content before the treatment begins.
Once the timber has been suitably dried it is subjected to a vacuum to extract as much air as possible. Once this is done the preservative is pumped into the vacuum and pressure is applied until the appropriate uptake of solution has occurred.
When the appropriate level of preservative has been absorbed the solution is pumped from the tank and the vacuum is reapplied to extract any excess solution.
As soon as the treatment process is complete the timber is again kiln dried to return its moisture content to 15%. As the process is now complete the timber is then packed and shipped.
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