Recycled Timber: History & Uses Guide

Recycled Timber: History & Uses Guide

What is Recycled Timber

Recycling timber became popular before the turn of the century as deforestation and climate change emerged as a social concern. Suppliers and consumers started to explore more sustainable sources by reclaiming timber from old wooden structures like barns, old buildings, bridges and structures that had been demolished.

How is Timber Recycled

In Australia, where old wooden structures are common, timber is reclaimed or salvaged during demolition, as timber is stripped out and stockpiled. The reclaimed timber is bought by companies who recycle them by testing for any possible contamination then de-nailing it before milling it to size into new products such as flooring.

Due to the time involved and labour-intensive nature of the work necessary to recover and re-manufacture recycled timbers, they are typically priced at a premium to an equivalent new piece of timber.

What is Recycled Timber Used for?

Once the timber is recycled it is sold for use in a variety of forms, see our Recycled Timber Products. Their stable nature and hardiness mean that recycled timbers are excellent for structural uses as well as for aesthetically-oriented projects like furniture.

Uses of recycled timbers include:


There is great warmth and beauty in a timber benchtop, especially in the heart of the home. Not only is it an attractive workspace, it’s also a durable and quiet surface to work on.

You can create a single solid slab made from a single piece of timber (subject to size limitations) or fix (laminate) together many timber boards to create a largersize, which is more common. Thicker benchtops are better suited for kitchen islands and as a focal point in the home.

Decking & Flooring

Recycled Timber: History & Uses Guide

Reclaimed timber can create a rustic look that has seen a resurgence in recent years. Many find the warm tones and natural feel welcoming and calming, as well as beautiful.

Austim offers recycled and new timber in three different finishes for decking & flooring:

  • Dressed – will provide precise sizing and a consistently smooth finish. May still exhibit recycled characteristics.
  • Dressed and hand brushed – as above but with the beautiful textured finish.
  • Sawn and hand brushed – a less precise sizing, potentially a more rustic look with variation likely in weathering, colours, and finish.

Recycled timber decking and flooring is suitable for both commercial and residential designs, as natural timbers create a relaxed, inviting space.

Timber Posts & Beams

Recycled Timber: History & Uses Guide

Often made from telephone poles with evidence of bolt holes and surface checks, recycled posts and beams can be used structurally behind walls or exposed to enhance the aesthetics of an indoor space. They can come inlong lengths and large sizes that make them applicable to a wide variety of projects, both residential and commercial.

The character of the timber creates real history even within modern homes. Recycled posts are often used in outdoor applications such as supporting shade sails – see Austim’s recent Elizabeth Quay Project.


The natural characteristics of timber make cladding a practical, beautiful and green complement to any project. Timber cladding offers a unique warmth and style that just cannot be matched by other materials

Today, the decision to use timber cladding appears to be more motivated by aesthetics and design, contributing to the renewable, sustainable, and green sensation it lends to wherever it’s applied.

Austim is the recycled timber supplier Perth trusts. We source the most striking selection and have all the answers when it comes to recycled timber. Perth asks Austim!

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What our clients say

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.
Anni Lilford
Anni Lilford
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.
00:18 07 May 20
Good service with fair prices.
Colin Della Bosca
Colin Della Bosca
08:14 04 Jun 20

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