What timber species is best for building long-lasting fences?

We’re often asked what kind of timber is best for commercial and residential fencing, and the answer is… there isn’t one! In fact, there are multiple different timber species that cater to various financial and practical needs.

Here at Narangba Timbers, we’re specialists in helping our clients find their ideal timber fencing solution. Whether you’re an aficionado in timber palings or you’ve just begun your research into timber fencing, you’d know that there are so many different species available. To help you streamline the decision-making process, we’ve put together a list of the best species for timber fencing in Brisbane.

Hardwood

There’s nothing like natural Australian hardwood timber. Boasting a rich combination of warmth, beauty, and durability, hardwood timber fencing usually enjoys a long service life and requires very little maintenance. When used for fencing, the natural hardwood dries out over time until it’s in full balance with its surroundings.

Many indigenous hardwoods also provide natural protection against bushfires and termites.

Our favourite hardwood for timber fencing is Merbau, also called “Kwila.” At Narangba Timbers, we have Merbau, Blackbutt, and Pacific Jarrah – and also stock Standard or Mixed Australian Hardwoods in two different grades.

We recommend hardwood for those who are seeking a simple timber fencing solution that will provide long-lasting security and privacy.

Softwood

Don’t let the word “soft” fool you! Considered an Aussie fencing favourite, softwood timber has been at home on Australian properties of all styles, sizes, and ages for decades.

One particular softwood that we like to work with is treated pine. This timber offers a lightweight, durable, and cost-effective solution for those who want to fence their home without breaking the bank. The best part about treated pine is that it’s particularly hardy – offering dependable protection against both decay and termites.

Pine is treated in different ways – including with CCA and ACQ treatments – and which one you choose will depend on what you’ll be using the pine for. For fencing, we recommend using CCA treated pine.

Hazard levels – which vary from H1 to H6 – indicate how much protection the treated pine offers against insects and decay. We recommend using H3 and H4 for timber fencing, as these are made to withstand severe weather and help to protect against decay, borers, and termites. 

Timber Fencing Calculator

Before you commence your project, you may want to have a look at our Timber Fencing Calculator to understand how much timber your project will require.

Timber Fencing Brisbane

Looking for a cost-effective and strong timber fencing solution? At Narangba Timbers, we have the best combination of timber fencing materials and customer service in the Brisbane area.

Contact us today or give us a call on (07) 3888 1293.

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