To keep your timber straight, it is best to remember these simple tips:
Stack, Strap and Wrap!
What causes movement in timber?
Timber is a natural product. This means that exposure to changes in temperature, moisture, sun and wind can alter the product’s moisture content and stability, so it is very important to store the product correctly.
Timberlink’s technical team and industry scientists have worked over many years to find the ideal moisture content for the harsh Australian climate to ensure timber stays as straight as possible during humidity and temperature changes. This is around 10 – 12 %.
The best defence to keep your timber straight is to stack it correctly (like the picture above). Pieces should be lying flat on top of one another, with longer pieces on the bottom so ends don’t overhang.
We’ve all seen customers in a rush go through the timber rack, taking what they need and leaving the rack untidy with lengths of timber on an angle across the whole stack. If left unchecked this can become a complete mess.
What some people do not realise is because timber is a natural product, the longer you leave the timber twisted and not supported along the full length, the more it will move.
We know you are busy, however your timber will stay much straighter if you take some time at the end of the day to strap it.
If you do not have room to store your untreated timber undercover, try to keep your timber “wrapped” to avoid letting moisture get in.
Keep it Dry!
Changes in moisture can make timber expand, shrink, bow and twist, and prolonged exposure to moisture can lead to mould.
Keeping your timber dry and your site clean are the best weapons in the fight against mould. Mould lives in the air, in soil, on vegetation and many surfaces. Moulds are naturally occurring and are always present in the environment.
Timberlink Green H3 timber is protected from most fungi and mould attacks.