5 Reasons Why Architects Use Timber

5 Reasons Why Architects Use Timber

Aesthetics

Wood is one of the most diverse materials humans have ever used in construction and there are over 118 different workable types to choose from meaning whatever the need, there’s a timber to match. The allurement of wood is that it affects all of our senses, the texture and colours give it a depth and life that other man-made materials can only try to recreate.

There are many ways to use wood in the building or embellishment of a structure; timber will blend effortlessly into almost any natural landscape, mature with time if untreated, or can be stained, oiled or painted for striking effects.

The Australian Timber Design awards celebrate and showcase superlative timber design in a variety of applications across a broad range of entry categories demonstrating the diversity and beauty of timber in construction.

Whether it be Fiji Mahogany decking for a touch of class or IronAsh cladding to protect and feature on your house, using Austim’s extensive experience (30+ years), we will be able to provide solutions that will help ensure your project meets your expectations.

5 Reasons Why Architects Use TimberSource: Austim

Creative capability

Timber is a natural and versatile material with one of the widest variety of applications of any material used in construction. The possibilities for its use structurally, decoratively both inside and outside are seemingly endless whether it is timber decking or composite decking, wall cladding, ceiling lining, furniture & joinery timber or structural beams & posts. Timber can be used to transform or connect living spaces to nature to discover a sensory, natural feeling that’s hard to beat.

The building industry is progressively recognising the potential results that come from an environmentally friendly product with diverse design applications. Advances in technology allow for the implementation of accurate and fast construction, such as the Trex Universal Hidden Fastener which was designed specifically to meet decking contractor demand for increased ease and speed of installation.

Timber is the project manager’s material of choice as it eliminates the need for heavy lifting and large cranes on site making workplaces safer, in addition the product can be shaped and machined on-site yielding serious benefits for turnaround times. Architangent advises that insulated concrete form homes can be costly and time consuming to alter post-build.

Austim’s expertise and knowledge makes your job easier, so you will have a quality product and service to get the job done right the first time.

5 Reasons Why Architects Use TimberSource: Timber Awards

Durability & Versatility

Timber is such a versatile material it is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions and continuing to perform. While there are many types of timber that soak in water causing them to swell, there are some varieties that are highly resistant, especially when treated like Austim’s marine timber which is rot and insect resistant, handles moisture variations with minimal movement, does not need to be treated and remains highly durable.

The natural properties of timber also make it an effective acoustic buffer, with its ability to reduce and control the reverberation of sound, which is why many public buildings clad their walls and ceilings with acoustic timber panels. The Timber Research Unit identified that timber has historically been used for acoustic applications such as the Sydney Opera House because a timber surface does not just reflect sound, but resonates slightly, giving it a particular quality.

Although timber is a combustible material, when combined with good design in construction, it has impressive insulating abilities. Specie’s such as Spotted Gum  are classified under Australian Standards as Bushfire Resisting Timbers which allow them to be used in more fire prone areas. Timber is a winner in durability, diversity and safety. Plus, with our detailed quality checks, you can rest knowing your timber is of exceptional quality.

5 Reasons Why Architects Use TimberSource: Austim

Environmental

Making your product choice timber is a great way of helping to tackle climate change and becoming more economically friendly. Naturally Better has observed that Australia’s native forests, timber plantations, and wood products are all net absorbers of greenhouse gases. In 2005, they sequestered (or stored) 56.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, reducing Australia’s overall greenhouse gas emissions by almost 10%.

The use of recycled timber offers obvious benefits and the construction community is beginning to encourage and reward its use. The 2012 Australian Timber Design Awards winner – Candlebark School Library – featured a lot of recycled wood. In reference to the lifecycle of a material which measures the energy inputs during manufacture and disposal, timber performs spectacularly as an alternative to cement and aluminium, typically requiring far less energy according to a study conducted by the Forest and Wood Products Research and Development Corporation.

When considering thermal performance, naturally insulating materials such as timber create a natural barrier to heat and cold; a design focused on this can minimise energy use. Austim is proud to represent and distribute for Kennedy’s Timbers who are Australia’s largest producer of premium recycled eco sustainable timbers. Through this relationship we can provide product with FSC Recycled chain of custody certification.

5 Reasons Why Architects Use TimberSource: Timber Awards

Longevity

Despite impressions long held by design professionals, a study by J.O’Connor indicates that wood structural systems are fully capable of meeting building longevity expectations. In addition, wood might well be a preferred material in a design scenario that recognizes actual service lives are short than material lives – in the worst case, designing for longevity can lead to design choices that are well-intentioned but, in fact, yield poor environmental results.

For example, a building component with low embodied environmental effects, such as wood cladding, can be replaced many times before totaling the high embodied effects of a material such as brick or aluminium. Therefore, not only does timber become a viable material for buildings designed for longevity but also for versatility due to the nature of the material and how it isused in construction.

Austim’s fully equipped warehouse includes Trex products which are derived from a patented process that produces the highest quality materials and consistency that requires minimal maintenance. All products have a limited residential warranty of 25 years and a commercial warranty of 10 years.

5 Reasons Why Architects Use TimberSource: Austim

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Austim are a great partner and timber supplier. Our business is based on the East Coast of Australia and we partner with Austim for WA projects. We have had a long lasting and great working relationship with Austim for many years. Highly recommend them.
daniel wright
daniel wright
06:31 18 Jun 19
Austim is always the first place I try when I need timber and it’s rare that I can’t get what I need there. Stuart is a rare gem of a gent to deal with – quick to respond to any queries, full of good advice and goes out of his way to help get whatever project I’m working on happening to my schedule, even when all I need is a few sticks and a handful of fixings. Highly recommend Austim, the team and young Stuart.
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00:51 16 Nov 18
Stuart went out of his way to make sure we got the product we wanted. He made suggestions on possible constructions and timbers suitable. Very knowledgeable friendly staff all around. Excellent experience, highly recommended.
Holger Butenschon
Holger Butenschon
05:14 22 May 18
Hi Ben,Just wanted to thankyou for your help and advice in our selection of the Millboard Vintage Oak decking also in you recommending Grant from Premier Hardwood Decking. Grant has just completed our decking and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, reliable and competent tradesman. The decking has been installed to a very high standard and the decking itself is stunning. Ian and Sue
susan smith
susan smith
06:27 08 Oct 18
I've used Austim on a few occasions for home projects like decking and pergola, etc and each time the response to my requests for price and delivery have been excellent, the deliveries took place as negotiated, the timber quality was great and value for money. The team at Austim do a great job and make dealing with Austim a breeze.
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
09:06 25 Oct 18
I have worked with Austim for around 8 years now and they are one of the best suppliers in perth to deal with. I would highly recommend to use them for any timber needs!!!
Art of Timber
Art of Timber
07:55 05 Mar 20
I had been looking for some cedar for my kayak project and had rung a couple of other places with no luck. When I contacted Austim they were very helpful, had the timber in stock and I was on my was in 20 minutes. The wood was very good quality and has really finished up beautifully. Thanks to Austim.
mark alderson
mark alderson
02:03 08 Apr 17
I"d like to thank Austim for there help in supplying me with material that firstly I thought I'd have trouble sourcing as it was marring up with originally 30 year old existing timber.My project was not a massive project but still needed the attention of an new build.The timber supplied by Austim was machined to size with absolute perfection, where I had to remove old pieces and replace with the new pieces they fitted perfectly.once the floors are re-sanded and varnished they will be back to there former glory. Thanks again to the staff at Austim.Regards Bob Heppenstall.I've just added a finished photo after the Floor Sanding was completed.Original timber was Tassie Oak, and the new is Vic Ash, as you can see there is only a slight variation in the final product.I hope this gives anyone thinking doing the same the confidence to proceed. Regards Bob Heppenstall.
Robert Heppenstall
Robert Heppenstall
10:05 12 Oct 18
Great service over phone and by email. Product supplied is high quality - no issues. Staff accommodating and friendly.
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M F
00:18 07 May 20
Good service with fair prices.
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Colin Della Bosca
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