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What to consider in selecting your Timber Exporters & Importers

6/30/2015 3:40:49 PM | by Anonymous


Timberwood is the common term for unprocessed wood commonly used in wood production to form wood planks and beams. It can be supplied and distributed in rough-sawn form and also available in many species which are usually hardwoods but also offered in softwoods.

Here are some examples of wood species used as timber.

Hardwood Timber

• Abachi (Triplochiton Scleroxylon)
• African padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)
• Black (Alnus glutinosa)
• Common Ash (Fraxianus quadrangulata)
• Oregon Ash (Fraxinus latifolia)
• Balsa (Ochroma Pyramidale)
• Cocobolo (Dalbergia Retusa)
• Corkwood (Leitneria floridana)
• Balsama Poplar (Populus Balsamifera)
• White mahogany (Eucalyptus acmenoides)

Softwood Timber

• Hoop pine (Araucaria Cunninghamii)
• Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria Araucana)
• Cypress (Chamaecyparis, Cupressus, Taxodium)
• Alerce (Fitzroya Cupressoides)
• Mediterranean Cypress (Cupressus Sempervirens)
• Douglas – Fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii)
• Japanese Nutmeg – yew, kaya (Torreya nucifera)
• Stika Spruce (Picea Sitchensis)
• Sugi (Cyptomeria Japonica)
• Atlantic White (Chamaecyparis thyoides)
• Red Spruce (Picea Sitchensis )

Importer and exporter of Timbers are very particular to the durability and service life of the wood which is being distributed, distributors of timbers make sure that the lumber is in good condition and also provides an outstanding and long lasting performance.

Timbers which are imported and exported must be free from insect damage and fungal activity and there are various ways to protect the wood from termites and decays according to Section 2304.11 of the International Building Code (IBC).

There are four (4) suggested methods on how to protect the timber structures against hazards and damages, to strengthen the durability and efficiency of the wood.

• Manage and avoid moisture with the design techniques to avoid decays
• Provide an effective and long lasting termites control and insects
• Use materials which are durable such as naturally best in quality wood species
• Apply appropriate maintenance and practices to provide assurance in service life during construction and design of the building

There are types of timber that are widely distributed all throughout many places and these timbers are constructed and designed by manufacturers for structural uses –these are called Engineered Lumber. Engineered Lumber is grouped according to different categories.

• Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) - this type of timber is suitable as beams for supporting an overly large spaces such as garage door opening, insufficient dimensional of lumber into places, and many more. Laminated Veneer Lumber is constructed with 1 ¾ inches thick, depths of 9 ½ , 11 7/8 ,16, 14, 24, or 18 inches and usually tripled or doubled up.
• Wood I-Joist – it is perfect for floor joist in upper floors and ground floor foundation construction. This wood is sometimes called Trust Joist, TJI and BCI, this timber wood is designed for double up and long span places that walls are aligned over them and also tripled when heavy roof loaded support walls are placed over them.
• Finger-Jointed Lumber – this timber has a typical length of 22 to 24 feet but can be longer with the used of finger jointing. Finger-Jointed Lumber is an inexpensive option for non-constructional hardwood to be painted.
• Glulam Beam – made from 2x6 or 2x4 stock, it is processed by gluing the face together to manufacture beams like 6x16 or 4x12.
• Manufactured Trusses – used as replacement for ceiling joists and roof rafters. It is easy to install and also act as a better solution for roof support.

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