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Carcassing TimberBaltic or homegrown?
Southern Timber carry a wide range and large quantities of carcassing timbers, preference being given to higher quality timber form Sweden and the Baltic states. In the UK the vast majority of carcassing timber is imported, mainly from the Baltic States and Scandinavia. These timbers are generally preferred to home grown timber because they grow slower overseas, have tighter growth rings and will grade to a higher standard. The good news is that Europeís forests are growing by 800,000 hectares a year, in the last 20 years these forests have grown by an area approximately twice the size of Ireland.
Timber strength and grading
Structural applications require graded carcassing timber, they have to be marked to show they comply with the correct standards and strength that are stipulated by building codes and regulations. The phrase carcassing is normally used to refer to timbers processed for use in structural applications, for example roof battens, floor joists and studwork for partitioned walls. Imported timbers are almost always regularized, kiln dried and graded at the sawmills to BS4978 strength classes C16 and C24.
Carcassing timbers are normally machined to specific sizes, with permitted deviations, and pressure treated according to their planned usage within a building. Extensive yard stocks allow us to deliver from our Ipplepen, Newton Abbot base throughout Torbay, Teignbridge & the South Hams to Exeter & Plymouth districts and to many other parts of Devon & Cornwall.
Timber treatment and specialist timbers
Almost all our imported carcassing is pressure treated, usually with Tanalith E, to a minimum Hazard Class 2 to minimize any deterioration from damp buildings or where used externally. We also carry quantities of untreated imported CLS studwork timber and some home grown timber. This range is supplemented with other more specialist timbers which can be ordered for you depending on specification, quantity and timescales involved. Where renovations and complex construction projects may require non-standard timbers these can be machined at an associated mill and graded by one of Southern Timberís TRADA certificated visual stress graders. Wherever possible all carcassing timber is sourced from FSC and PEFC suppliers and we are currently working towards achieving a full chain of custody.