It’s always exciting to start a new build. Planning, clearing the area, and the actual construction are the creative processes, but there has to be strict analysis of the timber you purchase. The wrong timber will ruin your project. It has to be kiln dried with your area in mind, to get the moisture content right. Timber that is dried too much will swell as it acclimatizes, ruining the project you have built. If timber is insufficiently dried, it will shrink after the build is complete. In furniture, this will loosen joints, leave gaps in flooring and table tops, and paneling. Purchasing your timber requires careful selection and a good supplier.
Wickes is large chain supplier of timber in the UK. This company is very particular about the quality of the products they ship out and receive, subjecting each load to full moisture content testing as well as grading processes.
Contractors order from Wickes for large builds such as apartment and condo construction, as well as builders who take on subdivision work. However, individuals also find this company to be a great source of timber for all kinds of home projects.
Placing large orders with Wickes is relatively easy, and the timber will arrive in a timely manner, with plenty of time to acclimate to the local ambient humidity.
Jewson is the largest importer of timber in the UK. The timber they import is from sources that have been inspected by the PEFC, or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. This approval means that timber from these sources come from sustainable forests. It also indicates that the company is capable of providing dependable service on large orders. They deliver bulk orders to the work site, as well as providing milling.
Code 6 Timber Suppliers
A leading name in builders’ circles is Code 6 Timber Suppliers. This company provides high quality timber products for private individuals and construction companies alike.
Code 6 has a good reputation for customer service, and excellent quality control. Western Redwood, oak, maple, and other hardwoods and softwoods are available here. Their kiln-dried timber is selected for its high quality and has been dried to local specifications for moisture content. This means less down tie on the jobsite as the timber acclimatizes to local humidity levels.
The grading of timber at Code 6 also is strictly adhered to, to reduce the possibility of having too many knots in finish timber. This company is good about being able to fill large orders for contractors while maintaining sufficient inventory for small, DIY projects.
British Hardwoods specializes in oak and other hardwood timber. Their supply list includes cherry, walnut, beech, ash, oak, and maple. This company provides fine hardwood to hobbyists and craftsmen who build individual pieces or cabinet sets. They also supply bespoke timber for special projects.
As you plan your next build, you can rest assured that one of these suppliers will be a perfect fit for your timber supplies.