Timber Suppliers in Brisbane: All About Kapur

This is the newest of our educational “Timber Suppliers in Brisbane” series covering various timbers. This article will focus on Kapur.

Kapur is a large imported timber from Indonesia and Malaysia. It is known for its durability and is used for a large range of applications. It is used primarily as a finishing material for interior and exterior construction.

Kapur trees grow in the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia. They can grow as tall as 60 m and their diameter can range from 80 mm to 100 mm. They have well-formed buttresses and their trunks grow straight and tall with no branches until 30 m in height. The bark is dark brown or grey brown and has a series of shallow fissures.

Timber Suppliers in Brisbane - Kapur Trees

Freshly cut Kapur smells a lot like camphor but offers no resistance to termites. Kapur is rated Class 2 for durability; this makes it suitable for general construction. Its appearance greatly enhances flooring or staircases. It is also popular for doors, window sills and other exterior joinery. It is resistant to rotting even when exposed to the elements.

However, Kapur is not good enough for in-ground use as it only ranks a 3 in durability when in-ground. However, it is popular for timber decking and for outdoor furniture. It does not need to be finished and doesn’t rot when left outdoors. If you don’t treat Kapur, it will eventually turn a soft grey colour, a lot like how Teak weathers. Indoors, Kapur is used for plywood, fittings, lining and joinery.

Kapur can be Used for Timber Decking in Brisbane

Kapur can be used for timber decking, cladding and other general construction purposes. It is easy to work and machine. Its versatility makes it a good timber to have laying around your garage, barn or workshop for whenever you need to build or repair something around the house.

If you would like to learn more about Kapur or any other timber, call Narangba Timbers today. We have the highest quality, the lowest prices and the best customer service. Call us today: (07) 3888 1293.

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