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Timber Sleepers: For centuries, hardwood has been the preferred and popular timber of choice in construction. Authentic timber and hardwood timber sleepers are praised for its unparalleled style and performance.

Hardwoods are sourced from slow-growing trees and are naturally more durable. This timber has a higher density than softwoods giving them enhanced strength. As hardwood timber is more durable and hard-wearing, they are ideal for projects that require high levels of strength such as building construction, furniture and flooring.

Timber sleepers have been used in construction since the mid 16th century. They were initially used in road and railway construction, to make faster routes for wagons and trains. However, due to their strength and durability, timber sleepers have quickly gained popularity as a material used in architectural design and landscaping. 

It is no accident that the popularity of wood and timber has not waned. As a renewable and sustainable resource, their natural properties are ideally suited to a number of applications. 

 

Timber Sleepers: The Benefits?

Timber sleepers are a staple in the construction and landscaping industries. Utilising timber sleepers in your construction projects comes with a myriad of benefits.

Strength: If treated properly and consistently, timber sleepers is a long-lasting and hard-wearing timber. Timber sleepers can last for more than 20 years, meaning less construction and rebuilding in the future.  Treating your sleepers with suitable oils or varnish will keep your railway sleeper project in tip-top condition!

Appearance: Timber sleepers come in a variety of grain and colours, making it easy to match a variety of décor and construction styles. Its natural pattern makes each board and plank unique, ensuring a one-of-a-kind project.

Cost: Although hardwood is often more expensive than softwoods, the payoff for their strength and durability is unparalleled. Using cheaper alternatives will cost more in the long run with repair and maintenance costs. Hardwood timber sleepers will last a lifetime and is a worthy investment to make.

Hardwood Timber Sleepers: Applications

If you are starting on a project, and are looking for a versatile material with lots of uses, look no further than hardwood timber sleepers.

Apart from their most common use in railway construction, timber sleepers are the ideal construction material for a multitude of projects. from pathways to fencing, they are ideal for feature designs in gardens and landscaping.

Raised Garden Beds: One of the most popular uses of timber sleepers is to make a raised flower, herb or vegetable beds. It is a quick and simple project to do, that adds instant appeal to any garden space.

Steps: For sloping gardens, timber sleepers make an attractive alternative to brick and concrete steps. Additionally, new timber sleepers can be used to make contemporary indoor staircases. 

Pathways: Sleepers make fantastic pathway borders as well as flooring for outdoor pathways. They are a versatile material and can be used to construct straight, winding and striped pathways.

Retaining Walls: Building a retaining wall with pressure treated timber sleepers is a natural and affordable alternative to brick or stone blocks. They can be used vertically or horizontally, and positioned in a variety of ways to level out a slope.

Patios and Decking: New timber sleepers look gorgeous when used as patio surfaces and flooring. Additionally, sleepers can be used to create a raised decking surface, to help protect the wood and ensure a longer life span.

Gowan Lea Timbers

An independent timber yard in Queensland, Gowan Lea Timbers are hardwood timber suppliers on the Sunshine Coast and have been operating for over 25 years. In our yard on the Sunshine Coast, we have our own sawmill, non-CCA treatment plant, kilns, dressing shed, and can source custom oil on request.

Known for our hardwood timber, our range on the Sunshine Coast also includes Accoya timber and building product lines such as pine framing, plywood, engineered timber, and fibre cement products.

No matter what type of project you have, our team of experts will work with you to ensure the smooth delivery of your project’s timber requirements!

Our History

We began Gowan Lea Timbers over 25 years ago when we decided to open a small retail yard for timber needs on the rapidly growing Sunshine Coast of Queensland. We started with two staff members, a forklift, a flat-bed truck, and an office in a shipping container, and as we grew, we gained a solid reputation for boasting the best hardwood around. 

It didn’t take us by surprise. Our mill—Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company—had been operating for over 40 years and was already a well-respected wholesaler of premium quality western QLD Spotted Gum and Ironbark products. However, when the Queensland State Government bought out and closed Gowan Lea Sawmilling Company through a Regional Forestry Agreement process in 2007, the retail timber yard was left without a supply of the premium hardwood that our business relied upon.

It was then we entered into a productive relationship with Mary Valley Timbers, a green hardwood sawmill near Gympie, who had a similar focus on quality and cut 95% Spotted Gum and Ironbark.

What We Do

From building a boardwalk through a rainforest to interior flooring, fencing and composite decking, Gowan Lea Timbers are your go-to hardwood timber suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. 

If your job is out of the ordinary, or you’re just not sure what decking timber to use, whether you’re a tradesperson looking for the right timber for a new home or extension, an architect wanting to specify the correct finish or a commercial construction firm with a major build, Gowan Lea Timbers has the products, experience, and on-site timber services to help.

Our Sevices

With a fully-integrated Planing Shed on-site, we can handle most of your timber dressing and profiling requirements.  We can also pre-coat your timber with quality timber oil to save you time and mess on-site, plus dock your timber to length.

  • Deliveries direct to site Australia-wide
  • Wood Machining and Dressing
  • Custom Laminating and Sanding
  • Timber Oiling
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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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