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Gowan Lea Timbers

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

An independent timber merchant in Queensland, Gowan Lea Timbers provides a range of Ironbark timber supplies on the Sunshine Coast and has been operating for over 25 years. In our timber yard, we have our own sawmill, non-CCA treatment plant, kilns, dressing shed, and can source custom oil on request.

Known for our hardwoods, our construction timber supplies include Ironbark and other timber and building product lines such as pine framing, plywood, engineered timber, and fibre cement products.

What is Ironbark Timber?

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

Ironbark timber is a premium native Australian timber hardwood comprised of several different species with a wide range of applications and uses from industrial construction to house framing and flooring. Ironbark timber is hard wearing and durable structural timber that is borer and termite resistant.

Its name comes from the apparent resemblance of its bark to iron slag, the by product left after the metal has been separated from its raw ore. Ironbark trees have the tendency to not annually shed its bark, resulting in an accumulation of dead bark. This layer of bark protects the living tissue inside the tree from fires, and with a silvery grey colour looks quite similar to iron metal.

The colour of ironbark timber varies anywhere from dark red, dark brown and pale brown. However, common ironbark has a reddish tone. 

Why Ironbark Timber?

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

Ironbark timber is a hard wearing and durable timber that is borer and termite resistant. Additionally, ironbark timber has a Class 1 Durability rating. As the highest timber durability raring, ironbark is projected to last for 50+ years in a fully protected area and 50+ years outside above the ground. Class 1 timber will last 25+ years if it is in the ground, such as decking and patio poles.

Not only is ironbark durable, but it is also extremely heavy, making it ideal for structural use. It is primarily used in timber decking, flooring, handrails and outdoor timber construction.

Hardwood vs Softwood

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

As the name suggests Ironbark is a distinctive hardwood prized for over 200 years for its strength and durability. Different construction projects call for different kinds of timber supplies. Both hardwood and softwood are used for everything from structural to decorative projects.

It is important to note that soft and hardwood timber are distinguished in nature in terms of their reproduction rather than their end appearance and attributes.

The trees from which hardwood is obtained tend to be slower growing, meaning the wood is usually denser. Hardwood comes from broad leaved trees such as Spotted Gum, Ironbark and Merbau etc. Softwood is harvested from trees that produce cones and seeds such as pines and cedars. 

Hardwood is considered to be the most versatile construction material. Applications range from gorgeous furniture, musical instruments, flooring, construction and boatbuilding. It is a material of durability and beauty. It is available in countless combinations of species, specifications and colours. 

As a result of their slow growth and their condensed, more complex structure, hardwoods offer a superior level of strength and durability.

Hardwood timber tends to be more resilient than softwoods and is reserved for projects that require maximum durability. They are often used for construction projects that rely on strength and durability, such as flooring, fencing, decking and high quality furniture. 

Softwood is renowned for its versatility and strength.  This timber has a large variety of applications and a known for their aesthetic appeal. Softwood can be used across for both internal and external projects – from furniture and flooring to decking, landscaping and structural applications.

They are a flexible timber and are lighter in weight and less dense than most hardwoods. Softwoods are most commonly used for interior mouldings, windows production and generating sheet materials such as plywood. Softwood is best utilised on doors, windows, ceilings and furniture.

As the timber experts, Gowan Lea Timbers have all the knowledge and expertise to help you make the best decision on your timber materials. Call Today! 

Ironbark Timber:
The Benefits?

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Due to its incredible weight and density, it is not a timber that is often used for smaller, precision work and projects. But rather larger construction projects. However, Ironbark Timber provides various exciting construction benefits.

Strength: Due to its durability, the hard wearing Ironbark is ideal for high traffic areas making Ironbark decking and flooring popular in commercial and domestic builds. It is the ideal timber for large construction projects, such as house framing, cladding, lining and internal and external flooring.

Rot and Insect Resistant: Ironbark timber has high density levels with a strong natural resistance to lyctid borers and termites. This makes it a great option when building in areas prone to termites and other natural borers.

Degree of Fire Resistance: Ironbark Timber is the recommended timber for construction in bushfire prone regions, as it is not easily flammable and fire resistant.

Style: The natural appeal and range of colours of Ironbark lead to some stunning architectural and design applications.

Ironbark Timber Applications

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

Joinery: Ironbark timber joinery products offer a unique and stylish touch to any interior or exterior design. These are produced for a variety of applications including door and window frames, cabinetry, skirtings, mouldings and eye-catching railings.

Decking: Ironbark timber decks are a practical and attractive addition to any outdoor patio space. These timber decks blend seamlessly with the environment and will serve as gorgeous entertainment areas for years to come.

As an external structure with hight traffic and carrying large loads of traffic, ironbark timber decking are the ideal construction material. 

Flooring: Ironbark timber flooring has proven to be a timeless product that offers warmth and natural beauty.

Whether for structural or decorative flooring applications, ironbark timber offers durability, versatility and adaptability. The aesthetic and strength of timber flooring have proved to be popular in a wide variety of interior settings.

Fencing: The appeal and strength of ironbark make for the obvious choice in fencing construction projects.  Not only does ironbark fencing flow seamlessly with the outside environment, it remains structurally sound for years to come!

Landscaping and Pergolas: The natural appeal, strength and versatility of ironbark timber make it an ideal choice for retaining walls and various landscaping applications. 

Ironbark pergolas offer an attractive and economical way to create a functional outdoor living and entertainment spaces. Its resistance to fire and rot, make it ideal for outdoor construction projects.

Our Products

Ironbark Timber Brisbane

Ask us first and save yourself time and wasted money later on. Trouble-shooting and specifying the best Ironbark timber and building supplies are what we do best.

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No matter what type of project you have, we understand quality timber supplies and service are important. Our team of experts will work with you to ensure you get the most from the experience and ensure the smooth delivery of your project on the Sunshine Coast.

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