What is the Best Timber for Your New Pergola?

Our Queensland climate is perfect for outdoor entertaining, however, as the days become hotter a touch of shade keeps the worst of the midday and afternoon heat from spoiling the party.

Australians are embracing home design that links the living area with the outdoor entertainment area and alfresco dining, whether for a good old Aussie “barbie” or even an indoor-prepared meal.

What is the Best Timber for Your New Pergola?

Adding a timber pergola to your home can enhance your family’s enjoyment of the summer months creating a place for friends and family to come together and relax on those long summer afternoons and evenings.

Is There a Best Species of Wood for a Timber Pergola?

With timber for your pergola you basically have 2 options, hardwood and softwood…

Hardwood Timber Pergolas

Hardwoods are produced by angiosperm trees that reproduce using flowers, and have broad leaves. Hardwoods have a more complex structure than softwoods and are often much slower growing as a result.

As the name suggests, the wood from hardwood trees is generally harder than that of softwoods.

Hardwood timber species that you could use for your timber pergola include Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Ironbark and Merbau / Kwila.

Any of our hardwoods are going to be great for a pergola. We stock Class 1 and Class 2 hardwoods which give you the best durability available.

Different hardwoods have different natural colours, but you can stain or paint them to your own personal taste.

Here are a few of the hardwoods you can choose from.

Ironbark: Ironbark is a red timber with a durability rating of 1.

Merbau/Kwila: Merbau, also called Kwila, is a brown timber with a durability rating of 1.

Spotted Gum: Spotted gum is a mixed colour timber with a durability rating of 1.

Blackbutt: Blackbutt is a blonde timber with a durability rating of 1.

We also carry a combo called “Mixed hardwoods of high structural strength.”

Benefits of Using Hardwoods for Your Timber Pergola

  • Hardwood is strong.
  • Hardwood lasts for a long time especially if you use one of our Class 1 rated hardwoods
  • A hardwood pergola is easy to maintain.
  • Hardwood looks great and is available in a wide range of colours and finishes
  • Hardwood timber delivers a higher resistance to fire than softwood.

Softwood Timber Pergola

Softwood is usually wood from gymnosperm trees such as pines and spruces. Australia has many native softwood species like celery top pine, white cypress and hoop pine, as well as growing non-native species like radiata pine and slash pine.

Softwoods form a large part of the timber we use, as the trees from which they come grow quickly and are easily renewable.

Benefits of Using Softwoods for Your Timber Pergola

  • Softwood is lightweight and easy to work
  • Softwood is generally less expensive than hardwood
  • Softwood more readily absorbs adhesives, finishes and preservatives
  • Treated softwood is very durable, resistant to insects, fungal attacks and decay and is a popular option for pergolas and timber decking.

Choosing the Best Timber for Your Timber Pergola

The best timber for your new pergola is going to depend on your personal taste and your budget.

Here at Narangba Timbers we have a wide selection of both hardwood and softwood plus we have the staff and the knowledge to help you make the correct decision for your home pergola construction project. Give us a call now on (07) 3888 1293 or contact us online…

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