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Structural Timber

Structural timber is timber used or intended for use in a loadbearing capacity in buildings where the strength of the timber is the primary consideration.


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What is Structural Timber?

Structural timber is timber used or intended for use in a loadbearing capacity in buildings where the strength of the timber is the primary consideration.

There are 12 strength grades as set by the British Standard in the BS 5268, but the most commonly specified are C16 and C24. Both grades are used in structural applications and are suited to different loads.

The ‘C’ grading stands for conifer, the type of softwood tree from which the structural timber is derived.

Softwood is commonly used for timber structures as it is readily available, easily worked, of relatively low cost and its fast rate of growth gives a continuous supply from regenerated forest areas.

Where is Structural Timber Used?

Structural Hardwood Timbers are predominantly used for bearers, joists and load bearing sections in building and general construction. Kiln Dried Hardwood timber is structurally graded to ensure it is strong and dimensionally stable.

Today, a wide range of engineered structural timber solutions are commonly used in the UK and elsewhere, each one with its benefits and most appropriate applications.

The insulation qualities associated with Timber helps structural buildings to maintain a more constant temperature, especially when compared to materials like masonry, concrete, or steel. Structural timber will help reduce heating and associated energy requirements.

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Structural Timber Differences

C24 timber is the superior cousin of C16. This grade is also kiln dried and used in construction products.

It is more superior in terms of its properties such as strength, resilience and appearance with very few defects if any. C24 timber costs slightly more than C16.

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Difference between C16 & C24 Structural Timber

Can C24 Timber Be Used Outside?

Treated timber is suitable to be used externally and is suitable for wet areas or areas where the timber will be coming into contact with the ground.

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Can I use C24 Timber outside?

Structural Timber Materials

Timber structures are usually characterised by a combination of different components, which together will deliver the best possible load-bearing capacity, thermal, moisture insulation, fire resistance, and long service life.

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What makes Timber a Structural material

Structural Timber Benefits

Timber is a great insulating material, helping to maintain a more constant temperature.

Compared to materials like masonry, concrete, or steel, timber will help reduce heating and associated energy requirements.

For example, a 2.5cm board has a better resistance to the loss of heat than a 11.4cm brick wall.

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Benefits of Structural Timber

Structural Timber Treatment

The best way to protect and preserve wood, including timbers that have been tantalised or pressure-treated is to use a wood preservative.

Treating your wooden products should be treated as a priority, and depending on your local conditions and wood type this may need to be done from once every 3 months, to once every 12 months.

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Structural Timber Treatment

Cheap Structural Timber Prices

Recognised as a major supplier of all types of DIY and Timber products, the Mick George Group offer cheap structural timber prices across its entire range.

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Cheap Structural Timber Prices

Buy Structural Timber Online

As well as ordering over the phone, customers can also buy structural timber online, 24-7 at their convenience.

The process is extremely simple and will only take a few minutes.

Customers can view exactly what they want, retrieve all the information they need and have the structural timber delivered quickly.

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Structural Timber Suppliers

Our timber supplies are only sourced from approved Timber Mills throughout the world, ensuring the best possible quality.

Our structural timber meets the highest Grade specifications.

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Structural Timber Delivery Locations

Courtesy of our expansive network quality Timber sources and large fleet of vehicles, we’re able to deliver structural timber quickly and efficiently to domestic, trade and commercial customers throughout Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk, as well as on a nationwide basis.

Structural Timber delivery will occur within a 14-day period from ordering.


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