What is Hardwood Timber?

In simple terms hardwood timber is produced by angiosperm trees that have broad leaves and reproduce using flowers.

Hardwoods commonly take longer to grow as they have a more complex structure than softwoods and, as such, timber from hardwood trees is generally harder than softwood timber (there are exceptions).

Narangba Timbers is one of the largest suppliers of hardwood timber Brisbane and we have a wide selection of hardware timber products including;-

Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood

As mentioned above hardwood timber is stronger than softwood timber and that is certainly the case here with our product range.

Hardwood generally is more expensive because it is more durable and will last longer, however, softwood is lighter and easier to work.

Hardwood also differ quite a bit in terms of the rich colours that are available which makes them the preferred product for timber flooring.

Hardwood timber is commonly used for timber flooring, timber decking, timber fenceposts and timber framing due to the colouring (flooring and decking) and strength and durability.

Softwood timber is generally believed to be more environmentally friendly due to the speed of growth of the most commonly farmed softwood species (pine).

Hardwood Timber Durability

Reflecting their natural durability, there are four classes (1 to 4) of hardwoods, with Class 1 having highest natural durability and Class 4 the lowest.

Class 1 hardwoods have an in-ground life expectancy of more than 25 years and Class 2 more than 15 years.

All hardwoods supplied by Narangba Timbers fall within Class 1 and Class 2 for durability.

Australian Hardwood

Due to their toughness and durability, Australian native and imported hardwoods are ideal for most external and structural applications.

The classic beauty and rich colours of Australian hardwood trees also make them popular for timber flooring, timber screening and timber decking.

Ironbark Hardwood Timber

Some of the Australian hardwood varieties you have access to for your projects include Ironbark, Merbau, Spotted Gum, Blackbutt and our mixed F17 hardwood.

Types of Hardwood

The hardwood timber species we stock here at Narangba Timbers includes the following:

Ironbark Timber

Ironbark timber is commonly used for outdoor timber framing, timber decking, timber flooring and timber handrails.

Ironbark Timber durability is Class 1 and the colour of the wood is generally a reddish hue.

Merbau Timber also known as Kwila Timber

Merbau timber is commonly used for timber framing, timber decking, timber flooring and timber handrails.

Kwila timber durability is Class 1.

Merbau or Kwila timber is very popular for decking (especially DIY decking projects) and features a very on-trend brownish colouring.

Why Hardwood Timber Flooring is so Popular in Brisbane

Spotted Gum Timber

Spotted gum timber is an Australian timber that is great for timber flooring, timber decking, timber handrails, outdoor timber framing and landscaping.

Spotted Gum timber has a durability rating of Class 1.

Wood from the spotted gum comes in mixed colours.

Blackbutt Timber

Blackbutt timber is popular for timber floors, timber decks and external timber framing.

Blackbutt timber also has a durability rating of Class 1 and comes in a very modern architecturally friendly blonde colouring.

Vitex/New Guinea Teak

New Guinea Teak is often used for flooring, decking, outdoor framing, handrails and step treads.

It has a durability rating of Class 2 and is also blonde in colour.


Kapur timber is used for flooring, decking and step treads.

It has a durablity rating of Class 2 and pink colouring.

F17 Hardwood

At Narangba Timbers you can purchase our F17 hardwood and F14 hardwood products.

These are comprised of mixed hardwoods of high structural strength which are commonly used for timber step treads, timber flooring, timber framing, sub floors, timber joists, timber bearers, timber posts, outdoor frames, timber decks, timber pergolas and timber verandahs.


At Narangba Timbers we supply a wide range of hardwood timbers to the Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions.

We have lots of options for timber frames, timber floors and timber decks in stock and all our framing timber can be sawn and machined to the size you require.

If you are looking at hardwood decking, why not look at our Display Deck to see how the different timbers look – their grain and colour.

Our hardwood timber prices are very competitive and the Narangba Timbers team is always on hand to help and advise you so contact us now via our web form or on (07) 3888 1293.