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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.

Your Guide to Western Red Cedar: The Species, Qualities & Uses

Western Red Cedar is one of the most popularly-specified timbers. It’s no surprise why.

​​Hardwood vs. Softwood: What Are The Differences?

Different projects require different types of timber, and most of us will have encountered the terms ‘hardwood’ and ‘softwood’.

Your Guide To Slatted Fencing: Planning Your Project

An increasingly popular option amongst garden designers, slatted fencing allows you to make a contemporary statement whilst maximising natural sunlight in your outdoor space.

Your Guide To Dark Wood: Types, Uses, Design Tips & Inspiration

Bring style, richness and modernism to your next interior project. Welcome to the dark side — here’s everything you need to know about dark wood.

Iroko vs. Oak: A Quick Hardwood Guide

Two stunning, high-performance hardwoods, both iroko and oak are a fine choice for almost any timber project. But what separates them? Let’s take a look.

Oak vs. Walnut: Appearance, Properties & Costs

Beautiful and alluring, these two timeless timbers have many similarities and differences. Let’s compare them — which is the best choice for your project?

Horizontal vs. Vertical Timber Cladding: Which Is Best For My Project?

When you’re planning a new cladding project, you’ve got a few things to consider. The timber species, the profile — but also its orientation.

Western Red Cedar: The Best Finishes, Treatments and Stains & How to Maintain It

Cedar is a gorgeous, dynamic and ever-popular choice for cladding, fencing and decking projects. Here’s all you need to know about treatment, finishing and maintenance for this sought-after timber.

Garden Fencing Treatment, Maintenance & Restoration: Tips & Advice

Here’s all you need to know for keeping your fence looking the part — including treatment, maintenance and restoration tips.

What Is the Best Wood to Use for a Pergola?

A pergola — great for adding a classy touch to your outdoor space. But what are the top timbers for the job?