Timber FAQs

How much does a New Oak Raised Bed Kit weigh?

The whole kit will weigh approximately 120 Kgs or 255 Lbs.  As it comes in sections, it is relatively easy to move around - the heaviest section being 40 Kgs or 85 Lbs.  

How much does a New Softwood Raised Bed Kit weigh?

The whole kit will weigh approximately 90 Kgs or 225 Lbs.  As it comes in sections, it is relatively easy to move around - the heaviest section being 30 Kgs or 75 Lbs.  

Can TimberClick supply different size kits?

Yes, if you would like a price on a special size, then please just ask and we will be pleased to offer you what you need. 

What quality is TimberClick's construction grade oak?

Quite simply, TimberClick construction grade oak is the very best money can buy.  Our oak is sourced from well managed sustainable European sources and is QPA and QF1 grade.

Does TimberClick's construction grade oak have 4 good sides?

Yes, TimberClick's construction oak is of the highest quality.

Does TimberClick offer other sizes and lengths?

TimberClick can offer the complete range.  We are also able to offer highly competitive rates for 3 m - 5 m enquiries - we can arrange to ship these for you direct from one of our European mills.  Please e-mail us using the contact form or contact us on the telephone number displayed.  

What fixings should I use to fix green oak claddings?

TimberClick recommends stainless steel fixings as oak, like cedar, contains tannin which will react with ferrous metal fixings and stain the wood with a purple/black colour, which is difficult to remove.  The fixings themselves should be 2.5 times the thickness of the board being fixed.  

What's the difference between finished size and nominal size?

Standard sawn timber sizes are normally referred to as "nominal", i.e. 25 mm x 100 mm.  When the timber is planed, it will reduce in size by approximately 5 mm either way, which will produce a finished size of 20 mm x 95 mm.  TimberClick refers to all of its prepared softwood as finished size. 

Can TimberClick supply prepared softwood in fixed lengths?

TimberClick sells all prepared goods in random lengths of 3 m and longer.  If you do have a specific specification, please contact us via the contact form or on the telephone number shown on the site, where we will be pleased to try and supply your exact requirement.  

Is your carcassing planed all round?

Yes, all of TimberClick's carcassing is regularised and planed all round. 

Is your carcassing graded?

Yes, all of our carcassing is minimum C16 grade.  

We also stock C24, so please just contact us via the contact form, or telephone number shown on the site, if it's required. 

What is the difference between C16 and C24 grade?

They are both softwood strength classes.  C16 is the most common, but it is not uncommon for an architect or structural engineer to request C24 due to certain load bearing applications.  The grading is normally carried out by a machine and the length of timber stamped with the grade.  Grading can also be carried out visually and many timber merchants have their own in house graders who have been certificated through TRADA.  

Is your carcassing home grown or Scandinavian?

TimberClick sources both home grown and Scandinavian carcassing.


Are you able to offer sizes/lengths that are not on the web site?

Yes, TimberClick can offer a comprehensive range.  If you have an ideal specification, then please contact us via the contact form and we will be able to return a competitive quotation for you. 

Can TimberClick cut sheet materials to size?

TimberClick is able to cut sheet materials to size, so please contact us via the contact form, or on the telephone number quoted on the site, to discuss this further.  TimberClick offers online a range of pre-cut boards, especially so with regard to MDF and exterior plywood. 

What does V313 mean?

V313 refers to the sheet material being moisture resistant.  Commonly available in MDF and chipboard, especially Chipboard flooring.  V313 sheet materials should be used in areas where there is likely to be damp or moisture, i.e. bathrooms, kitchens etc. 

What is WBP?

WBP stands for "Weather and Boil Proof".  It's the glue that is used in manufacturing the plywood board.  By using WBP glue, the board is able to withstand weather, moisture and water without delaminating.  All of TimberClick's exterior plywood, shuttering plywood and OSB boards are WBP.  We do, however, strongly recommend that all board edges are sealed if the boards are to be exposed to the weather, moisture or water.  

When should I use marine plywood?

Marine plywood need only be used in environments where there is a high moisture content.  

What is softwood?

Softwood is produced from coniferous trees and is commonly referred to within the UK market as either redwood or whitewood.  Redwood softwood is derived from pine trees, whilst whitewood softwood is from spruce trees.  Both types are widely used within the UK market for: 

a)  Constructional purposes

b)  Planed timbers, skirtings and architraves

c)  Joinery applications

d)  Claddings

e)  Floorings

f)  Decking

Generally speaking, the logs for both species are sawn and sorted into different grades according to knot content.  The top grades with minimum knot content are referred to as 1 - 4 "unsorted" followed by vth and 6ths.  Cedar is also a softwood.  

What is hardwood?

Hardwood is produced from both evergreen and deciduous trees.  Common examples are oak, maple, iroko, teak, mahogany, ash, birch, walnut, elm and sycamore.  Hardwoods are sawn and sorted into different grades, the higher quality material being sought after by the furniture and joinery industry.  Common uses of hardwoods in the UK market are:

a)  Constructional purposes, especially oak

b)  Floorings

c)  Decking

d)  Claddings

e)  Joinery applications

f)  Furniture manufacturing 

What does nominal size and finished size mean?

Nominal size refers to the size of the sawn board before it is planed.  Once the board has been planed, it will have a slightly smaller dimension, some examples are as follows:

  • 25 mm x 100 mm nominal size - 20 mm x 95 mm finished size
  • 50 mm x 200 mm nominal size - 45 mm x 195 mm finished size
  • 38 mm x 125 mm nominal size - 34 mm x 120 mm finished size

Generally speaking, the board once planed or profiled will reduce down by 4 mm/5 mm in width and thickness.  It is important to know the finished sizes of planed and profiled boards as it will affect the amount you require, especially so in relation to claddings, floorings and decking boards, where you will be looking to cover surface area.  

What is kiln dried timber?

This is timber that has been through a kilning process to reduce the moisture content and improve the timber's stability.  Most timbers in the UK that have been through this process will measure a moisture content of 12 - 15%.  

What is green or unseasoned timber?

This is timber that has not been through the kilning process and is likely to have a significantly higher moisture content.  Green or unseasoned timber if stacked properly with air gaps will dry out naturally, although the process can be very time consuming.  

What is sawn square edge?

These are timber boards that are sawn, not planed, with square edges.  

What is PAR?

This means "Planed all round" i.e. planed on all 4 faces.  

What standard lengths does softwood timber come in?

Most softwood timber is produced in increments of 300 mm, you are likely then to find that most merchants will stock between 2.4 m and 6 m in increments of 300 mm.  It is worth bearing this in mind when working out the lengths that you require.

Is there any difference in brown and green treated timber?

The only difference is colour.  Both treatments are water borne and will protect the timber the same.  Both treatments will weather to a natural grey over time. 

How much is delivery?

Delivery fees can be found within the store relevant to your area.  From the home page of the store that covers your area, you will see a graphic at the bottom of the page.  This links to the delivery costs relative to your area. 

Timber FAQs

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