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Buyer’s Guides

Any commercial or home improvement project needs careful planning and consideration — you’re bound to have plenty of questions and queries. Our team of timber experts are here to help.

From decking to cladding, from fencing to oak structures, we’ve pulled together our insights into a series of buyers’ guides to help you with planning, designing and costing your next project.

European Oak & American White Oak: How They Differ

They share part of their name, but how do these two beautiful, time-honoured timbers actually compare? Our team of experts are breaking down the differences between European and American white oak.

Wooden Slat Wall Panel Buyer’s Guide: Best Woods & Ideas

As interior designers seek to create smart, nature-inspired spaces, internal wood slats have become a hugely popular design feature.

Wood Fuels Guide: Biomass Pellets, Briquettes & Logs Compared

For their sustainability, clean burn, cost effectiveness and convenience, wood fuels have soared in popularity recently — both for households and businesses!

Garden Decking Trends, Designs, Ideas, Photos and Inspiration for 2023

A designer deck adds tremendously to the enjoyment of your outdoor space, but also to the value of your property. Level up your decking with these top trends, styles, designs and ideas from our experts!

What Is the Difference Between Wood Thermal Modification and Pressure Treatment?

Wood is undeniably beautiful for cladding, decking or fencing, but it’s a natural material that can decay. When used outdoors, particularly in the UK, it’s asked to stand up to a punishing range of elements.

The Ultimate Guide to Timber Rainscreen Cladding: Planning Your Project

Rainscreen cladding — also known as splayed or rhombus cladding — provides a decorative, contemporary touch, but it’s quite different to other popular cladding profiles.

Water & Rot Resistant Timber Species: The Best Types to Choose & Finishes to Apply

Don’t let a little moisture dissuade you from timber. Wood can provide a beautiful, natural touch, even in places where water might be encountered.

What Is The Difference Between Western Red Cedar & Alaskan Yellow Cedar?

Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar are both time-honoured, go-to choices for cladding, fencing and decking projects.

Douglas Fir Treatment Guide: The Best Sealants, Finishes & Stains & How To Apply Them

Douglas Fir performs superbly when used outdoors even without treatment. But with a little woodcare finish, you can be sure of decade upon decade of impeccable service and natural good looks.

Timber Cladding Guide: Best External Wood Cladding Species, Profiles, Types, Treatments & Maintenance

Whether you’re cladding an exterior wall of your house, your outdoor space, an entire commercial building or just your garden shed, there’s a lot of choices to be made.